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Ahiti Juarez
Ahiti Juarez
Accounting Major
Los Angeles, California

Areas of Interest at SCU and LSB: Although I am an Accounting major, I would love to work in the M&A space. Through my internship with KPMG, I fell in love with M&A and IPO activity. Ideally, I would like to work in this space for an Investment Bank or Elite Boutique. 

What are your SCU and LSB activities/general hobbies:  Outside my role as a Leavey Ambassador, I'm involved as the Marketing Director for the Latinx Student Business Association, Sports Writer for The Santa Clara, intramural sports, and recently joined the SCU Investment Fund.  

What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at LSB?  I have used several platforms, such as Handshake, to look for internship opportunities. I have also taken advantage of connections made at school to prepare for interviews and guide me through the application process. After my first year, I was able to intern at KPMG in a rotational internship working in Tax, Audit, and Advisory. This experience prompted me to return to KPMG as a Deal Advisory Intern upon completing my second year. 

Favorite LSB Class and Why? My favorite LSB class was  BUSN 85, Business Law, with Professor Dana because I enjoyed learning about the many legal issues companies face daily. Business Law was not a sector that I was too knowledgeable about or interested in, but the course helped me understand ethical dilemmas in the business world. Professor Dana was also simply great; he made the concepts easy to understand and made the class enjoyable. 

What made you choose to attend LSB?  I chose to attend the Leavey School of Business because I liked how the curriculum was structured to give students a glimpse of most business industries. Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, I saw Santa Clara as a great place to connect to many top companies and employers. Additionally, you can't beat the Santa Clara weather and vibes; it's always upbeat and energetic. 

What advice you wish you had while applying to college?  Don’t overstress not knowing your major or career path; you will find what you like best through courses and clubs. Once you do that, you’ll be able to stick to it and find a career path that suits you. Additionally, although some schools are great for specific career concentrations, I wish I had known the importance of networking. Many of the opportunities once receive in their professional career are because of their connections during their time in college.