By Troy Wilde
April 20, 2016
Tempe, AZ – Edlyn Ruiz is about to start work in the Big Apple at one of the world’s biggest banks. But first she has to wrap things up at Arizona State University.
Edlyn says she will start work in an asset management position at J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City after she graduates from ASU later this summer, “So I’ll be doing investment management for them and what that looks like is basically working on portfolios on the global side of the asset management business.”
Edlyn says she has a good idea of what to expect in New York after interning at the bank last summer, “It was a lot of work. I had very, very long days and it’s very competitive and it’s a very aggressive feel, but it’s also rewarding and that’s what kept me going. It was definitely a different city but I loved it.”
Edlyn, now 22, is a senior at Arizona State University and expects to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business. Edlyn grew up in Mesa where she attended grade school and graduated from Mesa High School. She went on to earn a scholarship from College Success Arizona which provides up to six thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. In addition to the money, the scholarship also provides the students with specialized mentoring services.
As it turns out, working on Wall Street was not a lifelong dream for Edlyn, “Initially I was a marketing a major but then I switched to finance because it captured my attention. I love numbers and find it really interesting.”
Edlyn says Myrna Cardenas, her Success Adviser (mentor) at College Success Arizona, has provided a lot of support and guidance throughout her college experience:
“Myrna has become more than my adviser, she’s my friend. More than anything she has always encouraged me and basically has always inspired me to dream big. College Success Arizona is the only organization that’s made me feel that level of closeness – and to feel comfortable with the people there.”
She adds that attending college has helped to prepare her for a big world and the Big Apple, “I’ve become a lot more comfortable with challenging myself and just putting myself out there after being afraid to take those kinds of risks when I first started college.”
Edlyn is similar to many college students who credit their academic success and other achievements to lifelong encouragement from their parents. “I think that a lot of the things that I’ve been able to do has been because of them. They were never hesitant or they were never too scared let me go to different places and try new things.”
So far as offering some words of wisdom to grade school students considering college, Edlyn says go for it, “There are no limits and it’s not that scary. But more than anything I would say volunteer and shadow someone in an area that may interest you so that you can determine if it’s the right path for you.”
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