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William S.

Global Ambassador and Tour Guide at Tulane University

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

wsmith13@tulane.edu

Major: Finance

Concentration: Spanish and Portuguese

Secondary Major: Political Science

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Favorite Tulane class/professor...

The Burkenroad Reports Program- through which students learn the fundamentals of equity analysis and 3-statement modeling. During the program, students meet with the management team of the publicly-traded company, visit the company's headquarters, generate complex financial models, and ultimately publish a final analyst report on the company that is distributed to 30,000 investors at the annual Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference. The Burkenroad Reports Program and Professor Peter Ricchiuti have been featured on CNBC, NPR, the Financial Times, Fortune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. This past year, the Burkenroad Reports Program was awarded Wharton's Re-Imagine Education Award for Best Teaching Delivery as the best experiential learning program in the world. Spoiler alert- my favorite class period with Prof. Richhiuti was when he sported a bear costume while discussing "bearish" trends in the financial markets!

My favorite spots in New Orleans are...

Audubon Park (Its golf course and park by the Mississippi River), the French Quarter- Frenchmen Street and beyond, and St. Charles Ave during Mardi Gras

I chose Tulane because...

I wanted to study somewhere unique, and I knew that I wanted to study somewhere in which I could learn and grow both inside and outside of the classroom. There is no city that can match New Orleans' eclectic cultural history, music scene, cuisine, resilient energy, and commitment to service. Additionally, Tulane boasts the most geographically diverse student body, which in turn encourages students to become accustomed to leaving their comfort zones and to exploring the world. Tulane has one of the strongest Latin American-focused programs in the country in its Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and I've always had a penchant for learning languages and learning more about Latin America. As a member of the Altman Program in International Studies and Business, I've had the chance to study abroad in Costa Rica, Argentina, and Brazil after learning Portuguese at Tulane. Since coming to Tulane, I'm incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to learn in such a dynamic environment, and I cannot imagine myself anywhere else.

My favorite NOLA festival is...

It's a tie between the New Orleans Po-Boy Festival in the fall and the New Orleans King Cake Festival in the spring! They're both "Can't Miss" events.

I'm passionate about...

Investment Banking Latin America Golf NFL College Football Learning New Languages Food Travel

I'm involved with...

Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity Investment and Trading Society Residence Life Study Abroad Giving Tours International Business Club Golf
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