Originally from Russia, Valentina Durand was living in New York and working in sales and trading at Merrill Lynch when she realized her future was in investing. Given her strong finance background, Valentina wanted an MBA program where she could step directly into advanced level courses that would immediately take her beyond her current knowledge. Booth provided exactly that opportunity as well as lots of ways to get real life experiences while she is attending school.
For instance, Valentina became a member of several investment-focused student groups, which expanded her education far outside the classroom—from learning how to put together a persuasive stock pitch to speaking with investment professionals about their career advice and investment philosophies. Exposure to such people and information is something Valentina says she only has because she’s a student at Chicago Booth.
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