Jared Craig (’19): achieving personal and professional milestones
The first time Jared Craig (’19) visited Acadia, he was dropping off his older brother in a snowstorm. The second time was in spring, when he was considering which university to attend. “I got a full campus tour in April, and I just loved the campus. It was beautiful. So it really made my decision a whole lot easier,” he says.
The recently renovated Patterson Hall also made a big impression. “It was a beautiful building. And that’s where I spend the majority of my time, going to class or doing homework,” he adds. “Knowing that that’s where I was going to be was a deciding factor.”
Craig is working towards a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance), and although he describes himself as extremely shy, he soon made friends with people he met during Orientation Week and later in classes.
“As a business student, it was a great way to network. But on a personal level, it was a great way to form relationships and be thrown into a new situation,” he says. In his New Brunswick home, Craig had gone through school with the same group of friends, from elementary school to high school graduation. “Coming here was a real change of pace.”
“I’ve built relationships with professors and faculty as well as peers and formed what I hope to be lasting relationships.”
Besides making new friends, Craig grew professionally at Acadia as he learned to make presentations to classmates and others. “I didn’t know anyone, and in business we’re just thrown into presentations. That was a huge learning curve for me,” he says. “I was lucky I had a small class, but I didn’t want to get in front of a group of people. It was something I was very uncomfortable with, and it really just threw me into the fire and brought me out of my shell. It gave me more confidence. I’ve built relationships with professors and faculty as well as peers and formed what I hope to be lasting relationships.”
Opportunities in Finance
Finance students can pursue a variety of interests, such as personal financial management, international finance, and investments analysis. “Being involved in investment scheduling and commercial or corporate banking is where I’m landing right now in interest,” he says. “A lot of working with numbers, a lot of working with values and money and analysis of where your money’s flowing, and the risks involved. That’s something that really appealed to me.”
One of Craig’s research projects was a paper on financial modelling and the different approaches to calculating a company’s value. “It’s a lot of sifting through data and looking at companies’ financial statements and going through each individual line item and seeing how they compare to different organizations within the industry,” he says. “I did my CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) case competition, and it was all about valuation, and that’s the field and direction I’m moving in in my career.”
Craig’s latest milestone? He has been hired as the Acadia Students’ Union’s Vice President Finance and Operations for 2018/19. “In third year, a professor recommend that I apply for the position, and I did,” he says. “You make wonderful connections, and it’s a phenomenal opportunity to network with the administration and different organizations across the country.”
“People care about you here”
Acadia’s individualized support for students was initially a surprise. “In high school, they tell you you’re going to learn everything on your own at university. But that’s really not the case here. You can look for additional resources and get help from the professor. I think that’s really important to know coming in,” Craig says.
“At Acadia, I learned I can do it. I can get up in front of different audiences. I can do an interview. I'm able to really break out of my shell here. That was a great stepping stone for me.”
“At a big school, I would never have had the courage to network. In Acadia’s small setting, I made relationships with professors and peers. People care about you here and really want to see you succeed,” he explains. “At Acadia, I learned I can do it. I can get up in front of different audiences. I can do an interview. I’m able to really break out of my shell here. That was a great stepping stone for me.”