Victoria Lipps, 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.
Victoria Lipps, originally from Virginia, will be graduating in December 2021 with a bachelor's degree in finance and a concentration in real estate.
During her undergraduate career, Victoria was involved in the Rawls Student Business Council, where she helped students with internship and job searches. She also served as the vice president of marketing for the Real Estate Organization and helped spread the word about events and meetings.
This past summer, Victoria was a financial analyst intern with Madera Residential. Currently, she is a commercial real estate intern at WestMark Commercial.
Why did you choose to major in finance?
In high school, I enjoyed my business and math classes, so I knew that I wanted to major in something business-related. Out of all the majors Rawls College had to offer, I was most interested in finance because it plays such a relevant part in every aspect of life. I chose finance my freshman year and have never second-guessed my decision.
What did you enjoy most about the finance program?
The program structure allows class objectives to overlap with one another, while building on foundational concepts. I also enjoyed meeting new people with similar interests in the finance program. It was a great way to learn what others wanted to do with their finance degree and what internships they were looking at and why.
What educational accomplishments are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of graduating early while also being a part of two beneficial organizations that helped me grow personally and professionally throughout my time at Texas Tech. I was able to maintain a high GPA while gaining experience and connections through my two internships. Also, I recently passed the Texas Real Estate License Exam and am going through ARGUS training. I wouldn't have been able to achieve so much without the guidance of Texas Tech faculty.
During your time at Rawls College, who has made the greatest impact on you, and why?
There were many people I met through Rawls College that impacted my life, but Professor Jared Harrell had the greatest impact on me. After taking his Real Estate Fundamentals course, my interest in real estate grew. Also, the speakers Mr. Harrell organized for the Real Estate Organization meetings helped me determine which jobs and companies I would be interested in after I graduated. I cannot thank him enough.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will continue my internship with WestMark Commerical. I have learned a lot of useful knowledge while being a part of a great work environment! After my internship, I may pursue a commercial real estate-related position in Houston or The Woodlands.
What were some of your favorite things about living in Lubbock?
I enjoyed listening to live music with my friends at Cook's Garage, Reco Room, and Blue Light, especially after spending days in the library studying. My friends and I enjoyed the At'l Do Farms corn maze and catching up at staple places such as Chimy's. Also, cheering on our Red Raiders at football and basketball games was never a disappointment!
Why do you love Rawls College?
Once I toured Texas Tech, I had a feeling that Rawls College would be a great choice for my future. It has a special place in my heart because it represents where I grew into the person I have been striving to become. I accomplished so much because of the amazing people I met through Rawls College, and it helped me realize that my next chapter would be in commercial real estate.