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Connor Cosand
Connor Cosand
Finance Major
Pacific Grove, California

Areas of Interest at SCU and LSB:   I am a Finance Major with a Business Analytics Minor.

What are your SCU and LSB activities/general hobbies: When on campus you can typically find me studying in the Leavey School of Business or working out in Malley Recreational Center. I am also involved in SCU's investment banking club where we discuss a variety of topics related to the investment banking route which include a majority of the accounting principles covered in our business core curriculum. When I am not on campus, I like to go surfing in Santa Cruz and San Francisco with some of my friends. I also try to go to the Eastern Sierras or Big Sur at least once a quarter to camp, fly fish, and snowboard with my friends.

What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at LSB? There are a variety of different resources provided by LSB that have helped me in my internship search. Handshake, an online recruitment platform, has helped me immensely as I have been able to connect with employers and learn more about different companies within my fields of interest. Secondly, our School’s Career Center has helped me answer numerous questions about life after graduation and other troubles I have come across during the internship search. Lastly, my peer advisors have been great resources for choosing classes and for helping me gain invaluable knowledge about internships, professors, and just about anything else I have had questions about!

Favorite LSB Class and Why?  Personally, my favorite LSB Class has been OMIS 40 which incorporates the usage of Excel while also learning the fundamentals of statistics. My professor’s enthusiasm both inside the classroom and outside of class fostered a respectful and enjoyable environment which made learning this tough subject both interesting and enjoyable!

What made you choose to attend LSB?  I attended the LSB because of the variety of programs offered and because of Santa Clara’s proximity to my hometown. During my first year of college, I was not sure exactly what I wanted to major in or what job fields I wanted to enter. After completing my first year of classes and most of the introductory business courses, I came back with a better idea of where I could see myself in the future and what interested me most. Moreover, Santa Clara’s challenging curriculum has helped me progress both professionally and personally in ways I couldn’t have imagined.

What advice you wish you had while applying to college?  One piece of advice I wish I had known when applying to college would be to not stress as much and enjoy the process! College is both a privilege and an exciting chapter of your life! Naturally, the college search is both nerve-racking and anxiety-inducing. However, wherever you do happen to get into it, regardless of it is your dream school or not, you will find people with like-minded interests and professors who are willing to help you progress both in your academic and personal lives!