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Alumni Profile: Joannie Diaz ’11

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Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?

Hello everyone! My name is Joannie Diaz. I graduated in May 2011 from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management with a double major in Finance and Economics.

What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?

My experience at Syracuse was incredible. I formed friendships with amazing people, got involved in some great organizations, took interesting (and not so interesting) classes and also went to Madrid in the Fall of my senior year. Being the first out of my family to not only go away but to get a Bachelors degree I really wanted to take advantage and get the most out of my college experience and Syracuse was the right place for me to do that. I really flourished not only as a student but as a leader!

Syracuse can seem like such a huge campus, at first, but being involved in the organizations that I joined and being a leader in those groups really helped me evolve and make the campus seem less overwhelming. I had tremendous amounts of support from both my family at home and my new family at Syracuse University which also made my time there empowering.

My four years at Syracuse were life changing and I will cherish all the memories made forever.

What did you do post-SU?

Upon graduating from Syracuse University I took a full time role at J.P. Morgan working with the Global Loan Trading Team. I deal with multiple trading desks everyday giving me exposure to a variety of lines of businesses. I also go back up to Syracuse frequently to help with recruiting efforts for J.P. Morgan.

More recently I along with two of my co-founders (also Syracuse alumnae) started an online platform called Be Moxie. Be Moxie was built because we as founders saw a large gap of Latina women not speaking or writing about different issues that affect us as 1st generation women. We want to help empower women to reach new heights in their professional, personal and academic lives. We as founders want give back so other women won’t lack the knowledge, guidance and resources we once did when we were growing up.

I also volunteer at Animal Haven in Lower Manhattan which is one of the most fulfilling ways that I spend my time. I’ve learned that it’s very important to have a work/ life balance.

What’s the best advice you would give to current students?

EXPLORE. EXPERIENCE. LIFE STARTS RIGHT OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.

That is my best advice for all current students. Explore different opportunities, you are never going to know what you want and like until you start to learn about different things. Don’t let others limit you or your creativity. Experience different classes, cultures, books, countries. Syracuse can seem like a bubble but it’s up to you to venture out and soak up knowledge. Just be opened minded. Go abroad! Join a club that you never would have joined in HS. Make friends! Don’t come into a class or into colleges thinking you know it all because you don’t. There is ALWAYS something new to be learned. If you admire someone ask them to be your mentor and then listen to what they have to say. Be OPEN to feedback, and then use it constructively to come back a winner.  Don’t let your own fears stop you from having the best experience at Syracuse. I know it’s easier said than done but you are going to regret it looking back if you don’t take advantage of the vast amount of opportunities at Syracuse. Find a friend and venture out together, it doesn’t have to be alone. Don’t get stuck being comfortable, being uncomfortable is hard but its the best way to learn. You will become a stronger, smarter and better self.

What do you think about LANSU Scholarship?

I think the LANSU Scholarship is a great initiative. It’s important that we as a Latino community help our own flourish. As alumni from Syracuse University, we need to help the undergraduates succeed by giving them the tools to do so and this scholarship is a great start!

Gracias Joannie!

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