BHP, Finance '14
Pranitha Patil first came to UT to visit her older sister who was a Plan II student. She decided on McCombs because of the top-tier rankings and affordability. Pranitha had the opportunity to study abroad through the BHP Prague, Czech Republic Finance and European History Program. She was one of two students selected to be part of the BBA Endowed Excellence Fund Committee, which oversees the distribution of $10,000 to student organizations at McCombs. She found her “home away from home” in the Undergraduate Business Council (UBC) taking on many roles including: arranging company visits for students, hosting campus-wide events such as the VIP Speaker Series, and mentoring freshmen students involved with UBC. Pranitha was also involved with UT Nourish and UT Student Government, where she had the opportunity to meet students all across campus. This past summer, Pranitha interned with Accenture in Houston as a Business Analyst. She worked on a small team producing a standardized labor program to implement in 28 global business units. She also contributed to beta testing for local start-up, Loku, which has since been purchased by Groupon. Outside of school, Pranitha enjoys vegetarian cooking, which she finds easy in Austin with so many options for healthy, natural ingredients. She is also looking forward to running her first full marathon in February 2014.
BHP, Finance and Government ’14
Robert Belanger grew up in Syracuse, NY, but made his way to Texas to be in BHP. He loves being an Austinite and is now an avid Longhorns fan. As a supervising peer advisor for the program, he enjoys interacting with other BHP students to help them out and offer advice. Robert is active in the UT Senate of College Councils as the Policy Director and an appointed student representative on the McCombs College Tuition & Budget Advisory Committee. Robert has been on the University Honors list for academic excellence five consecutive semesters and is currently the sole student representative on the Business Honors Program Advisory Board. Last year, Robert was named as one of two junior recipients of the distinguished Texas Exes President’s Leadership Award, which recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus. Robert enjoyed a great study abroad experience in Edinburgh, Scotland studying Business Law. This summer, Robert interned at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as a Marketing Analyst. He plans to continue working in the oil and gas industry as a financial analyst after he graduates.
BHP, Finance and Computer Science ’14
When Jay Shah chose to come to UT, he was drawn to the amount of top 10 ranked programs and the diverse student population. Jay wanted to be part of BHP to take advantage of the small class sizes and be with students he describes as eclectic, driven and high-caliber. Coming from a small high school with a close-knit community, he has enjoyed finding the same experience in BHP. Jay was a VIP Distinguished Speaker Series Chair for the Undergraduate Business Council (UBC) organizing five events for 3,000 students last year. Through this role he was able to meet executives for large companies including Sprint and American Express. This year Jay is focused on Curriculum Review, providing a student voice on Finance Curriculum. Not only is Jay active in the UT community, he’s also passionate about Texas 4000 for Cancer, a fundraiser for cancer awareness in which participants bicycle more than 4,500 miles from Austin, TX, to Anchorage, AK. This summer Jay completed the Sierra route, following the west coast into Canada and continuing further west into Alaska. He reached $7,000 in donations contributing to the grand total of $470,000 raised in Summer 2013. Jay currently works on-campus, part time as a teaching assistant in the finance trading lab. He is interested in a career in management consulting.
BHP, Finance and Government ’14
All it took for Michelle Moon was one visit to the UT campus for her to make up her mind to go here. She instantly fell in love with the attitudes of the students and the beautiful campus. The high rankings and promising opportunities in study abroad made her final decision easy. As a sophomore transfer to BHP, Michelle was attracted to the case-based curriculum and emphasis on class discussions. Now a senior in the program, Michelle has been heavily involved on campus during her time on the 40 Acres. She is acting Vice President of the Undergraduate Business Council (UBC), a Texas Orange Jacket and is in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Michelle also co-chaired a committee for the Senate of College Councils. Michelle took advantage of the international opportunities that first attracted her to UT. She travelled abroad where she spent five weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland studying business law. She enjoyed experiencing a new culture with good friends. During her time abroad, she also visited Amsterdam, France and Spain. Most recently, she interned with ExxonMobil in Houston, TX, as an Upstream Financial Analyst. Michelle found the work to be intellectually stimulating and similar to the BHP community, in that everyone was competitive, but humble. ExxonMobil extended a full-time position to Michelle beginning in August.
BHP, Finance and Computer Science ’14
Dennis Thankachan came to UT for the combination of social life, academics and job placement offered by the Business Honors Program. He believes we have one of the top values in education, especially for those interested in staying in Texas. He is combining his BHP major with Finance and Computer Science. Dennis is particularly interested in quantitative finance. He co-founded the Undergraduate Computational Finance Group, which is focused on educating students on investing and quantitative finance. With the help of a fellow student, he is also heading up the Investment Banking Association. The purpose of this group is to teach students the basics of corporate finance and assist in investment banking interview preparation. Dennis is an active participant in case competitions at McCombs. He enjoys the competitions because he feels they present the best opportunity to learn a large amount about an industry in a short period of time, adding that they’re fun and bring out the competitive spirit in students. Over the summer, Dennis interned with Goldman Sachs working in investment banking. He accepted a full-time position with them, based in New York, to begin in July. Dennis attributes his job offer to the help of McCombs alumni. He was able to connect with alumni through McCombs Career Services who were more than willing to help Dennis secure an internship. Left with some free time between graduation and starting with Goldman Sachs in July, Dennis plans to backpack through Europe. He looks forward to traveling and thinks it’s something everyone should make time to do.