On November 3, 2016, 18
business honors program seniors traveled from IUP to New York City to meet with
alumni. During this trip, students gained perspective on business, the economy,
the working world, and their personal professional goals.
The first day kicked off with
a visit at Societe Generale, a French banking and financial firm. Ryan
Zaharko ’12 hosted the group and explained his journey from Indiana, Pennsylvania, to the
Big Apple. Ryan gave the students a tour of the trading floors at SG.
The second day of the trip
was packed with networking and learning. Jim Leda ’95 and Andrew Sandberg ’05
met with students for breakfast and talked about the advantages of connecting
with people, especially alumni. Each shared their story of making it to New
York and becoming established professionals in their fields.
After breakfast, students
took the subway to charity: water, a nonprofit working to provide clean water
wells in developing countries. William Bell ’98 told students how working in
the nonprofit world is different but very rewarding.
The last stop on Friday was
with the Wall Street Experience, where students learned the history of the New
York Stock Exchange and, of course, Wall Street. After the tour, students were
split into groups and played a trading game where colored chips with varied
values had to be traded as if they were stock.
Saturday morning provided an
excellent, relaxing activity as students traveled to the New York Historical
Society. There, students learned about New York’s history and met with J.M.
Wasko ’14 (Fine Arts graduate) about his journey after leaving IUP.
The trip provided great insight
and networking opportunities for the students.
Submitted by Katie Fox