Student Success Story: Aarthi Shankar

Aarthi is a Junior Financial Management major at the UConn Hartford Campus. Through Aarthi’s three years on the Hartford campus, she has been heavily involved in the UConn Hartford community. Read on to learn more about Aarthi, her experiences and her advice for current and future students.

How did you choose your major?

I chose this major because I was interested in finance and numbers made sense to me. The more I learned the more intrigued I got. Plus, I felt this was a major I knew I would be able to apply whatever I learned to my own life as well. The more I spoke to mentors and people in the finance industry, it made I confirmed that it is my path.

Please share two or three noteworthy internships, co-curricular activities, volunteer experiences, jobs, programs, or other degrees and certifications acquired (if applicable) that contributed to your current success.

Over the years I have had great opportunities, but a few noteworthy ones are being the treasurer of USG Hartford, where I was able to be in a leadership position and learn a lot. Being an honors student was a great opportunity for me to do more research in my major and its related field and it was also an amazing talking point whenever I go for an interview. The last noteworthy opportunity I had was being a peer advisor for the school of business. It gave me great connections and I was able to build my communication skills.

Have you found any of the following competencies to be essential to your current success? Check as many as apply.

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral Communication
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic

What advice would you give to other current UConn students?

The advice I would give other UConn students is to use every opportunity they get to network and connect with people and the best way to do that is by going to various events. Another important tip I would give is keep your resume and cover letter constantly updated and apply to each and every internship opportunity. There are chances of you getting a call back increases when you have put yourself out there.

By Andrew Lanza
Andrew Lanza