Martin Gutierrez is a senior finance major. He serves as vice president for the Business Valuation Club and the senior vice president for university relations for the Real Estate Organization. Read about his passion for finance and how his experience with different organizations at the Rawls College has helped him gain valuable experience in the Q&A below.
Why did you choose Texas Tech and the Rawls College in particular?
I chose Texas Tech because I immediately loved the Rawls College. The finance program attracted me to the college, and once I got to know the professors, I knew I had made a great choice.
Why did you decide to pursue a degree in finance?
I pursued finance because of my interest in financial markets. The way the markets work and what causes them to move was of great interest to me. There are many financial instruments available to the public, and it can look very complex on how these instruments work. By studying finance, one can dissect these instruments and conclude whether the instrument is priced correctly so smart investment decisions can be made.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I hope to move to Dallas upon graduation and pursue a career within financial services, real estate or business valuation. I am also very interested in pursuing the Certified Financial Analyst accreditation (CFA).
Have you had any internships in the field of finance? If so, what did you do?
I interned with Merrill Lynch in Ft. Worth last summer and Upstream Investments in Austin, TX in 2016. My roles involved analysis in asset portfolio management.
What do you love most about being a Rawls College student?
I believe we have the best facility on campus! The Rawls College really provides everything a student needs to be successful. Events such as Rawls Day and Raider Welcoming are very helpful for new students, so they can learn which organizations to get involved with. These events and organizations will aid students in networking and getting to know fellow colleagues in their major.
Do you have any advice for someone interested in studying finance at the Rawls College?
My advice to students is to focus on doing well in early undergraduate classes, such as financial and managerial accounting. Finance and accounting concepts are inter-related, so having a strong foundation in accounting and finance is very important. I would also encourage students to get involved in specific major organizations and develop strong relationships with your professors.