Ethan Gwirtz ’09
Class of 2009, Major in Finance
“Most of all, I enjoyed the smaller classrooms where you have a voice and aren’t a number in a huge auditorium. Also, having NYC as my campus was fantastic, as many classes and relationships afforded me opportunities to see part of the city, including parks, museums, and even trading floors on the NYSE, Morgan Stanley, and an assortment of other Wall Street offices.”
I graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Business Management, concentration in Finance and Investments. I had a great experience with the program. The professors were great and I liked that they all had real experience working jobs that gave them the tools they needed to teach the subject matter. The library was one of my greatest assets and I would recommend that everyone spend at least a few hours each day hitting the books in there.
I was part of the business club, serving as both Treasurer and VP. I also had an internship at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services during college. I was inducted as a member of Sigma Beta Delta, Curian, and Alpha Chi honor societies on the basis of my GPA.
Presently, I work at CertusBank as a Mortgage Loan Officer. I love helping people save money or get cash out when refinancing. It is also rewarding when helping people finance a new house, whether they are first time buyers, are involved in an upgrade/downgrade, or are interested in an investment opportunity.
I have gained extremely important business skills such as sales experience, and customer service; and also financial skills regarding cash flow analysis, break-even point analysis, affordability and qualification ratios. I have developed a good feel for the treasury and bond markets as well as the national housing market in order to help guide my clients.
My advice to any student: work hard and graduate with a fantastic GPA! Also, try to get a job or internship in which you deal with businessmen and clients. These will help prepare you for the business world and will help you potentially stand out to future employers. Also, make sure that you take advantage of the city, especially if you aren’t originally from there. There are many great places to explore, and plenty of activities that are free or inexpensive. Whether you stay or move away, you will have memories that very few people in this world will experience. Work hard, play hard!