Whether it is the desire to be the next Warren Buffett, ’51, or the numerous opportunities for hands-on experiences, students gravitate to Nebraska Business. Choosing to move across the globe, Shaurya Sharma left her home in Nashik, India, to study finance and marketing at her top choice business school.
“Trading and investment of shares are fascinating to me. Investing is an ever-evolving field, and the risk and analytical skills involved in it are why I chose to study finance,” she said. “The faculty, resources, technology, scholarship and reputation of the College of Business made me proud and I feel tremendously blessed to be a part of such a strong community. From day one, I made sure to interact with one new person a day to build relationships.”
One of those people was Dr. Shawn Strother, assistant professor of practice in finance and new faculty advisor of the Big Red Investment Club (BRIC). Students, like Sharma, can begin gaining investment knowledge through BRIC as early as their first year. Guided by Strother, BRIC recently joined the Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium, a community of institutions with a shared vision for student success and leadership in investing. As a member of the consortium, Nebraska Business students gained access to resources to utilize as they oversee the BRIC investment fund and opportunities to compete in pitch competitions where they analyze firm performance.
“Joining BRIC gives students the opportunity to learn how to evaluate companies. Great companies are not necessarily great stocks because a company can be overvalued. These experiences are not only important to their careers but also to learn how to value stocks and build a portfolio to increase wealth,” Strother said.