Lifelong Lerner: Josiah Hanson

As a member of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Class of 2023, Josiah Hanson, finance major from Bear, Delaware, has demonstrated remarkable dedication and resilience during his time at UD. 


Hanson was nominated for this series by UD Dean of Lerner College and Professor of Business Administration Bruce Weber, who said, “Josiah is a mature and highly motivated student that is a clear leader among his fellow students. He holds several executive roles in Investment club and elsewhere. He is headed to a Wall Street position after graduation.”


In this profile, Hanson shares his favorite UD memories, how he has changed during his time at UD and his plans following graduation.


Lerner: How do you think you have changed from your first semester at UD to now?

Hanson: I do not believe that I have changed much. However, being able to focus on leadership positions in career relevant clubs and organizations has led me to develop many skills that I plan on taking into the work world including accountability, organization, time management and interpersonal communication. Also, I believe that I have noticed the importance of and grown my network heavily since freshman year.


Lerner: What have been some of the challenges you have faced during your college experience and how did you overcome them?

Hanson: Time management has been a significant challenge throughout my collegiate career. Being involved in several different organizations on campus I have learned how to balance many tasks at a time and have been able to emphasize completing what is most important first. To achieve stronger time management skills I have also added events to my calendar and journal, while also prioritizing what needs to be done to keep goals and tasks in line.

Lerner: What was your favorite signature UD experience and why?

Hanson: I always enjoyed the Blue Hen 1743 Welcome Days. The first few weeks on campus always have a lot of excitement and energy around them and are great for meeting new people. Also, within 1743 Days is the Involvement Fair. There you are introduced to the majority of the 400 Registered Student Organizations and are able to sign up and get involved! 


Lerner: What does being a “Lifelong Lerner” mean to you?

Hanson: Giving back to the UD community. Also being a resource for the undergraduate community when they are looking for jobs or seeking advice. For me, alumni were integral to my success as they helped me identify career paths and opportunities that ended up paying off.


Lerner: What advice would you give to incoming freshmen to make the most out of their college experience?

Hanson: Being resourceful is a skill that will pay dividends throughout college and life. The University offers different services and opportunities to ensure your success so understanding the resources around you and how to use them is very important. Also, get involved! There are clubs here for everyone so finding your people will certainly enhance your time at the school. Lastly, utilize both upperclassmen and alumni to help strengthen your knowledge and for advice.


Lerner: Did you have a Lerner professor or staff member that had a big impact on your UD experience?

Hanson: Christopher Lynch was by far one of the most impactful finance professors I have had at UD. He was great at teaching the fundamentals of finance which was extremely helpful when I took high level finance courses.


Lerner: What are your plans following graduation?

Hanson: After UD I will be working at Bank of America in the investment banking division mergers & acquisitions in New York, NY.

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