Rachel Myers will graduate in May with her B.B.A in Finance. She has served as a member of President's Select, Women's Leadership Institute, Rawls Business Leadership Program, Sigma Phi Lambda and Tech Terry Scholars. This summer, she interned with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Read about how her experiences at the Rawls College helped her succeed at her internship in the Q&A below.
What made you choose Texas Tech and the Rawls College in particular?
I grew up a Red Raider, so when I visited campus for a tour, I felt right at home. Tech was an easy choice for me! I chose the Rawls College for the same reason. There is a sense of pride and loyalty that came with being a part of the business school, even deeper than just a Tech student. The people and programs fit with exactly what I was looking for. The beautiful building didn't hurt either!
Why did you decide to pursue a degree in finance?
In high school, I took accounting and really enjoyed it, but was more interested in the short segment we did in finance. I was interested in the stock market, how companies manage and move their money and how consumers spend and invest. Finance gave me a place where I could learn more about all of those.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I'd like to work in a small, boutique wealth management firm or community bank where I can make an impact and get to know people.
Have you had any internships in the field of finance? If so, what did you do?
I had the opportunity to intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas this past summer. I worked in Financial Management, with the Strategic Risk Management group. I completed Sarbanes-Oxley testing on various departments with issues that could potentially impact the financial statements. I also participated in risk assessments for departments. I loved working at the Fed because it helped me better understand how the overall American and U.S. economy works.
What do you love most about being a Rawls College student?
I love the opportunities the Rawls provides its students, including scholarships, the Rawls Business Leadership Program (RBLP) and student organizations. There is always a place to contribute and find a home. I am so thankful for all the opportunities the Rawls College has given me.
Do you have any advice for someone interested in studying finance at the Rawls College?
Regardless of the major you choose, find a professor in your field who can mentor you. It doesn't have to be formal, just someone you can meet with who will give honest advice. I would also suggest making friends in your major to study with and learn from. Little of what we do in this world is all on our own; do not be afraid to ask for help.