My Background

My name is Alex Firestine and I’m from Germantown, Maryland. I’m an incoming freshman in the Pitt Business Honors program and the University Honors College. I plan on pursuing a double degree in finance and political science.

My interest in finance is derived from my five years of experience in running a high-end clothing business. My choice to pursue an interdisciplinary study in finance and political science stems from my desire to utilize business strategies to make a profound impact on my community. After conducting research to develop a community engagement program in my hometown, I learned that the provision of social programs is backed by extensive financial analysis. Therefore the unification of these two majors would be the most effective course of study.

What attracted me to the Haller Global Honors Fellowship was the opportunity to interact with executives and learn about successful, sustainable corporations in both Dublin and Pittsburgh. Often times these corporations are engaged with the community. In addition, the course Managing in Complex Environments subsidizes these visits with valuable knowledge of business management practices. The most effective way to gain insight into business practices is to see them in action, and the Fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to become immersed in these corporations. Also, the ability to take a true college course acts as a trial period, preparing me to enter freshman year. Ultimately, I desire to gain insight into possible future careers and establish connections with people that work for these corporations.