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BSC Finance 2011
About 900 German workers are moving into a new NetApp facility in Munich partly due to data developed by Tracy Akashi, a Santa Clara senior and financial analyst in NetApp’s Workplace Resources Department in Sunnyvale.
“I got to analyze a bunch of different building locations and determine capacity, locations, commute issues and then make a recommendation,” said Akashi as an example of what her job entails. “Right now, I’m working on allocations to various cost centers and on budget implementation.”
Akashi, who grew up in Southern California, chose Santa Clara after having an opportunity to visit business students here.
“They told me that the professors here give you a lot of extra time outside the classroom,” she said. “That was something I never heard at any of the UC information sessions I attended. It’s absolutely proved to be true. The professors have all been extremely willing to help. They respond to emails and are willing to discuss your papers over lunch. I’ve had a professor sit down and do problem after problem with me until I understood it.”
Akashi started as a marketing major but an investment class led to a corporate finance class and a finance major with a marketing emphasis, with a minor in economics.
“I saw the power finance people have on a business,” she said. “A lot of people are turned off to business because they think it’s all about money, but the power of business can help you make real change in the world.”
Since starting at Santa Clara, Akashi’s also had the opportunity to develop a more global approach. During a Thanksgiving immersion trip with More ministries, she and other students spent five days in Mexico building a home for a family of six.
“They were living under a tarp held up by two posts,” she recalled. “When we left, I put on a pair of shorts and left all the rest of my clothes to those kids. The mother didn’t even have paper for her children to use for school. We gave her three reams and she was thrilled.”
At Santa Clara, Akashi spearheaded a campaign to link the Japanese Student Association with the Multicultural Center, which significantly increased membership. A third-generation Japanese-American who produced an award-winning film in high school on Japanese-American internment during World War II, she is planning a trip to Southeast Asia and Japan this summer.