Where are you from and how did you come to the U.S.?
My family moved to Baltimore from Transylvania when I was 12. My mom won the U.S. Green Card Lottery. She knew a gentleman from Baltimore and so he sponsored us to come here. … After the revolution in 1989 there weren’t many businesses or opportunities [in Romania.] My parents are both in the medical field and my mom worked for a private clinic, but they didn’t feel there was anything there for my brother and me.
What was the most challenging part of moving to a new country?
The language. I knew a lot of words, but not how to put them together. But the ESOL teachers at Dunbarton Middle School were excellent. I had a great experience. Also, half of my classmates were also students from international backgrounds.
What were some of your favorite courses at the College of Business and
I really enjoyed the Business Cornerstone class. It made you go out of your comfort zone. Each presentation was more challenging and you had to improve each time. … When I get nervous my accent gets stronger, but through the class I was able to practice and do well. Now, there are times at work where I have to present and the class taught me so much about how to do it professionally.
How else do you think CBE helped prepare you for the business world?
CBE has prepared me for the business world by showing me what most businesses expect of young professionals and by teaching me how to act like one. Being part of the business world I can honestly say that now I really understand why there were so many assignments and projects in college. The purpose of all the hard work in college is to prepare you for the real world because most companies out there will challenge their employees by giving them different projects and assignments to take care of on a timely basis.
How do you think your future has benefitted from choosing to come to Towson?
Towson is truly a great institution that has a lot to offer to any student. I personally really enjoyed my learning experience at Towson and because of that I had a good attitude towards studying here. This in return opened a lot of doors for me. One of them was the opportunity to work at T Rowe Price.
Why did you want to work for T. Rowe Price?
I had my heart set on T. Rowe Price. After graduating, I researched lots of companies and I felt that T. Rowe Price was very welcoming and willing to accept and bring on different types of people. Even though they didn’t offer me an accountant position, I still really wanted to be a part of the company. I’d advise any student to research a company and find one you feel you can be a part of.
What are some of your career aspirations?
At CBE I really enjoyed my financial planning classes. I’d really like to go into financial planning and maybe have my own firm. And one day I’d possibly like to even teach it part time just because it’s something I enjoy so much.
What is one message or motto that stuck with you from your college experience?
One of the best experiences I had was at graduation. The speaker was an international student and he said, “If an opportunity presents itself, take it — because if you don’t, someone else will.” That really stuck with me. I’d recommend anyone to do the same. Even though you might not succeed you’ll still learn something.