Mekdem Legesse

Mekdem Legesse

Mekdem Legesse

Finance / Silver Spring, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
The biggest impact on my decision to enroll was the information I got from my relatives and family. Their support and insightful stories about UMD illustrated a reputable institution. I also got to explore the University of Maryland when my sister attended years ago. Therefore, I had the chance to get a feel for the campus before I decided to enroll. The exceptional faculty, reputable business school, and unparalleled education convinced me to enroll here.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am majoring in finance because of DECA. In high school, I joined this business club that focused on case studies, roleplays and presentations in the areas of business. I used what I knew from my business courses to roleplay as a financial analyst for companies (judges). I found the organization to be challenging but rewarding. So, I choose finance because I want to explore this field more comprehensively at UMD.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
I am currently a part of EESA. a student-led Ethiopian organization at UMD. I am interested in joining more organizations like the BSU (Black Student Union), Smith Finance Group, and Investment Groups. I am also interested in an on-campus job and joining intramural soccer.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am not currently enrolled in any programs, but am excited to be a part of the Maryland Promise Program.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
From Maryland, I hope to increase my skills in communication, leadership, and teamwork. Furthermore, I hope to make strong connections with community leaders and faculty and network with businesses and companies at the Smith School. I look forward to making an impact in the UMD community and gaining experience that prepares me for the workforce.

What are your future goals after graduation?
I am unsure about my plans for the future. However, I am interested in either pursuing an MBA at UMD or pursuing a finance-related career.

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