Julieta Juarez, a finance major graduating in December 2021, shares about her journey at Texas Tech and Rawls College.
As 2021 comes to a close and the promise of a new year is on the horizon, the fall class of 2021 prepares to begin their journey into the world as the next generation of business professionals, influencers and leaders.
Julieta Juarez, who is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, but grew up in Sudan, Texas, will be graduating in December 2021 with a bachelor's degree in finance.
During her undergraduate career, Julieta served as the vice president of recruiting and as the first executive vice president for Women in Business. She also was a member of two prestigious honor societies, Beta Gamma Sigma and Sigma Alpha Lambda.
Outside of her studies, Julieta worked at Target until she was able to secure an internship with Dell Technologies this past summer. At Dell, she interned with the finance division as a part of the customer financial services quality team.
Why did you choose to major in finance?
I chose to major in finance because I really enjoyed my first finance class with Dr. Cardella. I love that finance incorporates math within the business world, both of which I enjoy. Additionally, I love how useful finance is. Not only do I see myself using my finance curriculum throughout my career, but I will also use it in my personal life. Finance is a broad field that will allow me to go into many different industries and have different experiences throughout my career.
What did you enjoy most about the finance program?
What I enjoyed most about the finance program was the challenge. I have learned a lot of concepts in my classes that I see taking place in the real world. I also enjoyed being able to learn Microsoft Excel and how I can use it in practice.
What educational accomplishments are you most proud of?
My greatest educational accomplishment is being the first from my family to graduate high school and, now, the first to graduate from a university. Being a first-generation student is challenging, but when I hear how proud my parents are of me, it makes all my struggles worth that much more.
During your time at Rawls College, who has made the greatest impact on you, and why?
During my time at Rawls College, my mom has made the greatest impact on me. Although she never attended college, she has been my backbone throughout my time at Rawls College. I see how hard she works to provide for our family which makes me want to work harder. She has constantly reassured me and supported me throughout my education and has reminded me that I can do anything with the help of God.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation in December, I will be joining Dell Technologies as a financial analyst in their two-year rotational Finance Development Program.
What advice would you offer current or incoming Rawls College students?
The advice that I would offer current or incoming Rawls College students is to ask questions during lectures, and if you don't understand something, just ask! Try and go to your professor's office hours to ask for help or just to get to know them. Lastly, network! Make friends outside of your major and college.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I see myself continuing to work at Dell Technologies. I hope to be able to lead a team and become someone's mentor. Also, in five years, I want to return to Texas Tech to pursue my graduate degree.