Senior Analyst for the Analysis Group in Boston, Massachusetts
Business Administration and Economics, 2007
What did you get out of the Millsaps classroom experience?
With the very low professor to student ratio, Millsaps fosters an interactive and participatory environment. In addition, I often felt challenged by the course material and the demands of our faculty. There is a certain motivation to being well-prepared as the Millsaps environment will challenge you to be vocal and inquisitive in the classroom. Personally, this type of environment assisted me in becoming more presentation oriented and allowed me to overcome any fears of public speaking. Both of which are mandatory qualifications for success in the consulting world.
Both your honors project and senior thesis paper included researching the airline industry. What can you tell us about that?
The Honors program is a year long process in which a student and a faculty member work intimately in producing research that has not been previously published. My honors thesis advisor, Dr. Walter Neely, and I explored the long-term ramifications of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the airline industry. We met regularly to discuss the direction and methodology of the analysis as well as the implications of findings.
For my senior thesis paper, a requirement for comps for economic majors, Dr. Patrick Taylor and I performed a qualitative examination of airline bankruptcies - a supplemental study to my aforementioned honors thesis. Both of these experiences allowed me to gain professional and personal insights from leading professors in their respective fields.
What specific opportunities did Millsaps create for you?
Millsaps provided the opportunity for me to be involved in a wide array of activities, and to assume leadership roles. I was able to hold positions as a member of the Judicial Counsel and the Honor Counsel, the president of my fraternity, a presidential ambassador for the admissions office and a member of the varsity basketball team. In addition to opportunities in leadership, Millsaps provided a network of successful alumni that were more than eager to help me plan my future career and obtain interviews with leading consultancies and financial firms.
What does the future hold?
The consulting industry continues to interest and excite me, and I plan to continue my career in this field. In the near future, I plan to apply for entrance into a top-10 MBA program.