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Jacob Schurch '18: Amassing skills in the finance arena
Majors: Finance, CIS, Applied Analytics
Hometown: Hatfield, MA
Path: A diverse scope of jobs
Jake Schurch first visited Bryant during an admission information session where President Ronald K. Machtley spoke.
“I was absolutely captivated by his speech, which was unlike anything I had heard,” says Schurch. “President Machtley promised a small, close-knit community, filled with opportunity and potential, where students can achieve anything – if they work for it.
“Without a doubt, I can say that the president has fulfilled his promise to me. Bryant’s small class sizes and accessible faculty have contributed, in large part, to my success, as has the support of a network of faculty, staff, and peers who truly want me to be the best I can be.”
Bryant gives students the opportunity to explore and learn a diverse range of concepts and coursework, which helps them focus on what they want to study, Schurch adds. He declared Finance as his major in his first year. After careful research, he chose two additional majors, finding the perfect combination in Computer Information Systems and Applied Analytics.
Next semester, Schurch is eager to take part in Bryant’s Archway Investment Fund, a distinctive two-course program that provides students with experience managing a real portfolio worth more than $1 million. He was accepted into the program as a Securities Analyst in the technology sector. Next year, he will assume the role of Portfolio Manager.
This past summer, Schurch held three jobs: investment advisor intern for Brae Head Inc., a portfolio management firm; research assistant for Bryant’s Applied Analytics department; and student helpdesk technician for the University. He currently serves as a CIS/Applied Analytics Peer Tutor for Bryant’s Academic Center for Excellence. In his spare time, the Uechi-Ryu Karate Black belt, artist, and poet likes to teach himself new things such as programming and how to take apart a computer.
Schurch believes the skills he has been amassing in and outside of the classroom help qualify him for careers such as data scientist, financial quant analyst, or forecasting analyst.
“My dream job would be to work for a firm that is innovative, forward-thinking, and wants employees to find new and better ways to do things,” he says.