“I believe my SJU degree, coupled with my academic and professional experience, has prepared me to enter the job market and will propel me to success in any or all of my career pursuits.”
This weekend, commencement will be a family affair for the Alexanders of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, as siblings Shannon, a pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing major, and Chris, a master’s of business administration in finance candidate, receive their diplomas.
Chris first walked across the graduation stage at Saint Joseph’s in 2015, when he earned his bachelor’s in finance and risk management and insurance with a minor in financial planning. “During the course of my studies, I have encountered countless influential faculty members who have helped shape who I am today, he says.”
As an undergraduate student, Chris was a founding member of the Dean’s Leadership Program and a member of Gamma Iota Sigma, the risk management, insurance and actuarial fraternity. As a graduate student, he became involved in the alumni association and worked as a graduate assistant in the MBA office.
“My well-rounded undergraduate degree rooted in Jesuit values and specialized master’s degree in finance has allowed me to hone in my writing, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities,” says Chris. “I believe my SJU degree, coupled with my academic and professional experience, has prepared me to enter the job market and will propel me to success in any or all of my career pursuits.”
Next, he looks to continue his studies in law school.
“I have recently been admitted into several law schools in the Philadelphia area and plan on continuing my studies in law this upcoming Fall,” he says. “I hope to practice law as a corporate lawyer.”
Also headed back to school? His sister Shannon.
“St. Joe’s has given me opportunities to better myself and I believe that I am ready to put my skills to the test.”
After graduating this weekend, Shannon will spend the summer interning for Symphony Health Solutions, a pharmaceutical market research company, before returning to campus to pursue a master’s degree in marketing.
Originally a chemical biology major, Shannon made the switch to pharmaceutical marketing during her freshman year and soon found a mentor in business and analytics manager and adjunct professor, Paras Bhagat. “He challenged me to think beyond the problem at hand and look at the bigger picture,” she says.
An orientation leader and Hawk Host, Shannon credits the HSB faculty for shaping her definition of leadership.
“St. Joe’s taught me to be a servant leader,” she says. “I think servant leadership is essential to being a positive member of society. By acknowledging people’s strengths and weaknesses, a servant leader is able to optimize any task at hand. As a professional I look forward to being able to add value to the workforce.”
“I have spent four amazing years at SJU, but I know the best is yet to come,” she adds. “St. Joe’s has given me opportunities to better myself and I believe that I am ready to put my skills to the test.”