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Hi, I’m Thomas Lee. I am currently a rising senior in the College of Business Administration studying finance with a minor in history. I grew up in Montclair, NJ, a suburb of NYC. At Pitt, I am the chair of Professional Development for the Behavioral Economics Club. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy going for runs, spending time with my friends, and travelling. I am a Houston Astros and Tottenham Hotspur fan.

Last summer I interned at a technology company called Proofpoint. I worked on a sales team where I oversaw our dashboards and organized the monthly social events. It was a great experience as it allowed me to develop professionally and gain confidence in my skillset. I spent most of the summer at the Pittsburgh office, but I had the opportunity to work remote for 3 weeks while I travelled through Central Europe by myself. This summer I will be working at T-Rex Group in NYC, a financial technology company for structured finance organizations. During the school year I work as a consultant at Pinto Consulting based in NJ which specializes in land-use regulation and strategy.

I will be participating in Leadership in the Himalayas this May based in Mussoorie, India. I chose this program as I felt that it was a good step out of my comfort zone. Traveling to India, especially an area as extreme as Uttarakhand is certainly like nothing I have experienced before. I have been to about 20 countries, but most were in either Latin America or Europe, so I felt like it was time for me to take a next step out of my comfort zone.  I am also incredibly interested in the course structure as I feel it provides a great opportunity to learn and then put those skills to the test right away. As a kid, I would go to New Hampshire and Montana every summer, so I have grown to love spending time in the mountains. In terms of what I would like to get out of the program I would say that I am not attached to a certain outcome. Generally, I would like to come back with a greater understanding of that area of the world. A close friend of mine travelled to Nepal for a study abroad and I felt like he came back a lot more grown up. By the end of the program, I hope to say the same.