to Pitt Business
with Phillip Missan
Home at Pitt.
In a town about 20 minutes “outside Philly,” in Delaware County, I attended Marple Newtown High School. Up until the spring of my senior year, I had no idea where I wanted to go to college. My parents were extremely supportive during my college selection process and wanted to ensure that I chose a school that not only allowed me to attain advanced education, but also one that I would enjoy.
You could name any state school in the Mid-Atlantic and I’ve probably applied to it. Many accepted me, but in the end, I decided on Pitt. I first encountered Pitt when tagging along for one of my older sister’s college tours. I truly felt at home on Pitt’s campus and that was the difference-maker.
Finding an interest in Analytics.
My first year at Pitt, I lived in the Pitt Business Living Learning Community at Bruce Hall. Living in Bruce Hall was one of the best decisions I’ve made at Pitt as it allowed me to interact with other business students who I could study and be friends with. I’m still friends (and roommates) with people that I met while living in Bruce. My advisor, Liz Adams, was a great help to me at the beginning of my college career. After I explained my interest in analytics, we both agreed that being a finance major was the appropriate path of study for me.
She had a recommendation for me that was pivotal for my college career–to take the Applied Business Analytics Project class. I was hesitant at first, but this class turned out to be my favorite college class and it supercharged my interest in business analytics. I credit Professor Andy Hannah for making the experience so engaging. Some of my other favorite classes, unsurprisingly, came right from my major. Corporate Finance with Associate Dean Sara Moeller was a rigorous course, but allowed me to learn a ton of tangible financial concepts as early as the fall of sophomore year. Valuation with Professor Kenneth Lehn was an excellent course for learning about how publicly traded companies are valued. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Structures class with Professor Diane Denis.
In my first semester, I sampled a multitude of clubs that interested me like Finance Club and League of Emerging Analytics Professionals. I was impressed with how well-run all of these organizations were, but one of the clubs that I stuck with for the rest of my college career was Phi Beta Lambda (PBL). PBL is a professional business organization where members focus on professional development, service, and personal development through various activities and workshops. This club has allowed me to practice interacting with company recruiters, gain leadership experience, contribute to service projects, and most importantly meet countless friends.