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Business Bobcat Q&A: Patrick Burke

Friday, November 13 2015 12:00am

He loves the bike path, finance, and NYC. Meet Patrick Burke!

Tags: Finance

20151016 Cob Burke Patrick Jap0095Name: Patrick Burke 

Major(s): Finance, Business Economics 

Class year: 2016

Why did you choose Ohio University? : I came to visit and fell in love. I grew up doing things outdoors and having that at our back doorstep in Athens is a plus, too.

How did you choose your major(s)? : I came into college knowing that I wanted to major in accounting, but didn’t particularly like my first accounting class. I wanted to stay within the College of Business, so I looked around at different options and saw that the finance and accounting majors had a lot of overlap. Spring of freshman year, I joined the Fixed Income Management Group, and have loved finance ever since. I chose to double major in economics to deepen my skill set.

How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs added to your education? : I really can’t imagine being at Ohio University without the extracurricular programs I’m in because they give you a change to dive deeper into things you learn in the classroom. I think the extracurricular activities I’m involved in are really what help me stand out when applying for internships and other opportunities.

When I was a sophomore, a group of seniors really pushed me in the Fixed Income Management Group, and without them I don’t know where I’d be. I’ve been to New York four times through the group, and interned with Alliance Bernstein there this summer. I want to move to New York after graduation.

If you studied abroad, where did you go and what did you learn from that opportunity? : I had never been out of the country before my Global Consulting Program to Botswana. We worked with a client for two weeks and developed a marketing plan to help them expand business. It was interesting to see how differently Africa conducts business. I really gained a sense of worldly perspective from the experience. 

What is your favorite class in the College of Business and why? : Through the Honors Program, I took Capitalism in Law sophomore year. It was completely unlike any other class. We got to discuss different ideas, pick apart ideologies, and figure out why we believe those things. It was a really constructive class and helped me solidify my beliefs and open myself up to new ones.

How has your College of Business experience shaped you as a student? : The fundamental aspects of business are based on competition and that’s how I approach classes. I think about classes like a game; I try to foster healthy competition with other students and use it to propel my studies.

Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce? How so? : I feel 100 percent prepared. Going into my internship at Alliance Bernstein this past summer, I was intimidated by the roster of other students from premiere universities – until I realized how prepared I was for the experience compared to the other students. The experience has shown me the basic skills I have that I take for granted, like knowing Excel or being able to operate in a professional environment. The other interns don’t have that skill set yet. The College of Business really helps you excel in those things, which really helped me stand out this summer.

What are your career goals, and how did you figure out what you wanted to do? : I enjoy finance and the economic mindset, but there are so many things I could do with those interests. The College of Business did a great job of letting me test the waters in a few different fields.

Extracurricular activities have really given me the opportunity to connect with alumni about what they do, how they got there, and if it seems like their profession would suit me. In the Honors Program, I’ve met with executives on a regular basis, and I’ve met with lots of finance professionals through the Fixed Income Management Group. Seeing what they’ve done and how they’ve guided me has really shown me what I want to go into in the future.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens? : I spend a lot of my week in the Fixed Income Management space. I also really like outdoor activities, so I enjoy spending time in Strouds Run State Park, which is a five-minute drive from campus.

What do you and your friends do for fun on campus? : Biking; riding on the bike path is really relaxing. I also really like trying the local Athens cuisine. 

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens? : Peking Express. I also like Big Mama’s Burritos.

What do you like best about living in Athens? : It sounds cliché, but definitely the people. You won’t find an unfriendly face, and everyone is more than happy to help you out.

Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business? : The College can help you in any way you want it to. I think that’s what the foundation of the College is really built upon – helping students find their way – and I don’t see it changing any time soon.