As a member of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Class of 2021, Michelle Nash, a finance and operations management double major from Wayne, New Jersey, has not had the typical final year or commencement at UD due to the coronavirus pandemic. She, and her entire class, have shown incredible resilience, maturity and spirit while adjusting to the many unexpected changes that they have encountered.
Michelle Nash was nominated for this series by UD Interim Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance Laura Field, who said, “Michelle is a strong student who is actively engaged in her classes, and she is actively involved on campus – she’s in Women in Finance, UD Hillel, UDance and Greek Life. ”
In this profile, Nash shared her favorite UD memories, how she has changed during her time at UD and her plans following graduation.
Lerner: How do you think you have changed from your first semester at UD to now?
Nash: When I arrived at UD four years ago, I was unaware of the opportunities that would be available to me. I have become more confident in myself as a leader and as an individual overall. Lerner has truly prepared me for my future career.
Lerner: What is your favorite place at UD?
Nash: My favorite place on campus is the Green because it encompasses everything about UD that I love. Walking through the Green reminds me of some of my favorite classes, sitting on the grass eating Roots with friends and endless laughs and memories.
Lerner: What is the most memorable course that you took at Lerner?
Nash: Analytical Decision Making (BUAD 346) taught by Susan Murphy and Corporate Governance (FINC 418) taught by Laura Field were my most memorable Lerner courses. Both of these classes have taught me valuable skills and given me knowledge that I will keep with me throughout my career. They have taught me to think critically and reinforced my passion for my intended career path.
Lerner: What was your favorite signature UD experience?
Nash: My sophomore year I participated in UD Alternative Breaks in Fishersville, Virginia. I learned about sustainable farming where we focused on food insecurities and food justice. This trip allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and create lifelong memories.
Lerner: What does being a “Lifelong Lerner” mean to you?
Nash: To me, being a Lifelong Lerner means being there to help the future generation of Blue Hens make the most of their Lerner experience, as well as helping them navigate their future careers. I am so grateful to have benefitted from the faculty and UD Alumni while being a student at UD and I would love to continue being involved in Lerner!
Lerner: What are your plans following graduation?
Nash: I will be working as a Global Finance and Business Management Analyst for JP Morgan Chase & Co. I am very excited to start my career with such an amazing company!