Current student Jonghyun John Lee talks about his experiences in the MSF program at Boston College.
Where did you receive your undergraduate degree from?
I did my bachelor’s degree at Boston College. I am a soon to be Double Eagle!
Why did you pursue the MSF?
I wanted a solid technical and theoretical foundation in finance before I started my career in the field. Furthermore, I wanted to use the MSF curriculum to decide which area of finance I wanted to work in, since finance is such a broad field with many different areas. I also decided to pursue the MSF due to the vast expertise and experience of the professors teaching MSF courses.
What has been your favorite class in the program?
My favorite class was titled “Banks, Booms, and Busts: A History of Financial Crises,” taught by Professor Philip Strahan. In this class we covered the history and dynamics behind major financial crises like the 2008 financial crises, the 1929 stock market crash, and the Euro crisis.
I also recommend that everyone take this class. Because a financial or economic crisis impacts everyone regardless of career fields, I believe that the material in this course will help people understand the causes of a financial crisis and how to prepare or prevent them.
What is unique about Boston College?
The one unique thing about BC is its Jesuit heritage and its location in a historical and educational hub like Boston. BC stands out from the dozens of other higher institutions in the area because as a Jesuit institution, it seeks to educate and develop the whole person, not just develop students academically. Furthermore, Jesuits place a huge emphasis on serving the greater community in all they do. It goes without saying that my time at BC has been truly fulfilling!