HPU graduates are leading prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the Class of 2022:
Name: CeAnna Cummings
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Major: Actuarial science and data analytics with minors in Spanish and math
Post-graduation plans: Cummings will be joining JP Morgan Chase and Co. as a markets analyst. She was offered the full time position after interning at JP Morgan Chase and Co. on the equity algorithm team where she worked on data projects.
How HPU helped you get there: “My peers at HPU have helped me. My classmate Doug Terc was the one who encouraged me to apply to JP Morgan Chase and Co. because he thought I had the right skillset. He was helpful and made me feel confident throughout the whole process. My experience as VP of Finance for Alpha Chi Omega gave me a passion for finance and working with money. I felt comfortable leading my chapter which made me feel confident at my job. Another helpful experience was tutoring on campus. Tutoring helped me learn how to explain complex ideas in simple terms. This is a skillset I will use daily in my new role when explaining algorithms. My sophomore year, I explored careers through HPU in the City in New York City. This trip sparked my dream of living in NYC after graduation. The Office of Career and Professional Development was also a helpful resource during my time at HPU. I’ve met with Kellie McLeod since my freshmen year when I needed help with my resume and interview practice. She was great and made me feel very confident.”
Most impactful mentor at HPU: “My most impactful mentor at HPU is my data analytics professor, Dr. Matt Slifko. I met with Dr. Slifko for advice when I was thinking about adding a major because I really enjoyed his data classes. He encouraged me to add the major and believed in me. After I added the major, I grew closer to him and learned more about statistics and programming, in addition to what we were taught in class.”
Most impactful moment at HPU: “This is a tough question for me because I’ve had many impactful moments. Some of them include joining the HPU Honors Scholar Program, becoming a tutor, serving as VP of Finance and being a junior marshal. However, if I had to just pick one single moment, I would choose adding a second major. I started freshmen year as an actuarial science major, but later realized I didn’t want to be solely an actuary. The moment I decided to add a second major sparked confidence in me. This was extremely helpful in getting my internship because I had a diverse skillset of math and programming.”
Advice for underclassmen: “Take advantage of mentors here on campus. Your connections will take you far in life. Do not be afraid to introduce yourself to new people. Attend events through the Office of Career and Professional Development and start practicing interviewing now!”
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