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Business Bobcat Q&A: Taylor Matthews

Thursday, April 2 2015 12:00am

Incredible internship? √ Select program experience? √ Secure employment after graduation? √ Finance, Management, and Strategic Leadership senior Taylor Matthews crushed it in her time at the College of Business and already is looking forward to being an active Business Bobcat alumna.

Name: Taylor Matthews

Major(s): Finance & Management and Strategic Leadership

Class year: Senior

Why did you choose Ohio University? :

As a Columbus native and the daughter of a Buckeye, I fully intended on going to Ohio State! Ohio University’s scholarship packages first caught my eye. Then I received an invitation to visit OU’s College of Business as a candidate for the Copeland Scholars Program. During my visit, I was so impressed with the genuine interest of and connections with the faculty and students I met. I felt so welcomed to the College of Business and am proud that I chose to become a Bobcat!

 How did you choose your major(s)? :

I chose finance after working at an insurance agency part time throughout high school. I wasn’t sure exactly what area of finance I wanted to pursue but I knew that there were many different paths I could take. I eventually found my passion for investments after becoming involved in the Fixed Income Management Group. I also chose to major in Management & Strategic Leadership to complement my technical finance background.

 How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs (OUSEMG, Select Leaders, etc.) added to your education? :

My experience in the College of Business has absolutely been shaped by my involvement in student organizations. Joining the Fixed Income Management group cultivated my passion for investments, ultimately helping me to choose a career path. As a student, I have helped manage a $2 million portfolio of real money while building relationships with Wall Street professionals. My involvement with Select Leaders has helped me grow personally and professionally. I have gained an understanding of what it means to be a leader in business, while establishing my principles and leadership style. My involvement in student organizations has provided hands-on experience and leadership opportunities, establishing the foundation of my goal to become a future business leader.

 What experiences have you had with the College of Business Centers of Excellence? :

I have had several meaningful experiences with the Walter Center for Strategic Leadership. As a Management and Strategic Leadership major, I have had the privilege of working with Walter Center faculty in my classes. The faculty have led classes about creating high performing teams, motivating others, and how to think strategically at the executive level. These are valuable skills that can be utilized across every company in every industry. I am also involved in Select Leaders, which is a student organization housed under the Walter Center. In Select Leaders, I am part of a group of students dedicated to developing ourselves and being able to serve as leaders. Through the Walter Center, I have also met some amazing executives including Cameron Mitchell and Bob Walter of Cardinal Health. The Walter Center has allowed me to grow my interest in leadership with a variety of experiences both in and out of the classroom. 

 What kind of real-world experience did you get from your internship? :

This summer I had the opportunity to intern with Goldman Sachs in New York. I was part of the Investment Banking Division where my team helped clients securitize their assets to achieve balance sheet and risk management. I analyzed data and helped prepare presentations. In addition to my day-to-day duties, I attended meetings with clients and listened to executive speakers. The majority of my intern class were from Ivy League schools so it was a privilege to be a part of such a selective group. My CoB experiences helped me to feel prepared at both the technical knowledge and the professional skills necessary to succeed during my internship. The internship made me very appreciative and proud to be a part of OU’s College of Business.

 Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education? How so? :

I have been fortunate enough to work with both Tim and Tammy Reynolds throughout the past several years. They provide such valuable perspectives, based on their industry experience. Their mentorship has made such a positive impact on my education and growth as a leader.

 Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce? How so? :

I will be beginning a full time job as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs after I graduate and I definitely feel prepared for this opportunity. The College of Business focuses on preparing students for both the academic and applied aspects of business. I know that the education I’ve received through my coursework will provide me with the background necessary for my job. The College of Business has also helped me to develop skills such as working in teams, interacting with managers and giving presentations. I think the College of Business offers a well-rounded educational experience, focused on preparing students to begin their careers.

 What are your career goals? :

I will be beginning my career as an investment banking analyst. Throughout the next several years, I want to continue to grow my technical finance knowledge, eventually taking on management roles where I can lead others and build relationships with clients. I also want to receive my CFA charter. In addition, I plan to become an active alumna of the College of Business, mentoring students and giving back to the College.

 What do you and your friends do for fun on campus? :

My friends and I like to hang out at all of the different places uptown. When it’s nice out, we go on hikes up at the Ridges or soak up the sun at Strouds Run. We also take advantage of different events hosted by the University such as Improv Comedy shows or group fitness classes at Ping.

 What do you like best about living in Athens? :

Of course, everyone loves all of the beautiful trees and brick buildings that Athens is known for! I also like being within walking distance to classes, the gym, restaurants, etc. Athens truly offers the full college town experience because you can fully immerse yourself in campus life.

 Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business? :

The College of Business provides its students with the full package of what it means to be a business professional from the academics found in the classroom to applied skills such as interviewing, networking and leading teams. You won’t just be reading about business in textbooks – you will be actually practicing business skills throughout all four years here! Ohio University’s College of Business is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a well-rounded, hands-on education that will fully prepare you for a career in business.