Class of 2020
Currently Studying :
"One of my favorite characteristics about Pace is the diversity of its students and how that influences the student experience. I have met many students from numerous countries at Pace and it has helped me learn about new cultures and businesses in those countries."
– Michael Prusnofsky, Class of 2020
Meet Michael (Mike) Prusnofsky, an Investment Management MBA student with many talents that he is decidedly not keeping hidden. Fourteen months ago, while working full time and pursuing his MBA, Mike made the decision to take a leap of faith and start writing his newly self-published fantasy book, "The Veiled Discord (The Visions of Lodas Book 1)." But, it was his experiences at Lubin that turned his idea into reality. By paying attention in marketing classes he learned how to get his book into the hands of readers; attending Lubin networking events enabled him to hear from other authors he admires; being immersed in Pace's diverse student body helped him find great inspiration for storylines in his book.
Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?
One of my favorite characteristics about Pace is the diversity of its students and how that influences the student experience. I have met many students from numerous countries at Pace and it has helped me learn about new cultures and businesses in those countries. I have had group projects where I have been the only American student and have loved it. In my book, I use several storylines with tons of characters. The diverse population of Pace has helped me create a fantasy world filled with diversity.
What inspired you to take a chance and write and publish this book?
I believe that the Pace community is very welcoming and accepting of new ideas, beliefs, and projects by its students. This was a major factor for me in believing that my story had a chance at succeeding in the world at large.
My time and experiences at Pace have been very important and valuable for me in my journey as a first-time author. I have applied what I have learned in marketing to the promotion of my self-published book. After taking a marketing class, I knew I had to share my story with and through various networks and communities that I am involved in and a part of, such as Pace. I learned a lot about product pricing, target audiences, various advertising and distribution channels, and data analysis. My finance classes helped me think about projected revenues and costs, and what would hopefully be a profit.
What resources have you been taking advantage of at Pace University?
I have used a number of Pace's resources during my time as a graduate student. I was previously working as a staff accountant, but was looking for a career change in light of my focus on investment management. I collaborated with Career Services at Pace and it helped me obtain an internship as a beginner analyst at Mentor Elite Inc. Not only did Career Services' resume workshop help me with my resume, but I also obtained the internship by applying through Handshake via Pace University! Now, I analyze companies and industries, and help forecast how they will perform.
I have also attended several events hosted by the Lubin School of Business. Notably, my personal favorite was a live event with Stephen Schwarzman at the New York Historical Society, where he discussed his new book, What it Takes. He talked about his successful life as a businessman, the content and creation of his book, and he held a Q&A with the audience. This event was very helpful and informative for me as a business student and a writer, and provided the inspiration that I too could one day sit on a stage in front of an audience and talk about my book.
What motivates you to work hard?
My time at Pace has inspired me to try to have a meaningful and positive impact on society; to have a purpose beyond only employment. I thought of new ways to encourage my family, friends, and members of my community and beyond to pursue their hidden talents. As someone who fell in love with being a first-time author, while having several other pursuits, I hope I can be an influence and make people happier. I also did not realize that my book, with its own epidemic storyline, would be released during a worldwide pandemic. Hopefully, the book can be more influential in these times and provide some hope for society.
In a few words, what does #LubinLife mean to you?
To me, #LubinLife represents the hard-working, supportive and collegial nature of the student body at Lubin. The students of Lubin are very passionate about their interests and work hard to excel in their fields. The diverse culture of Lubin is filled with students of many backgrounds who support one another in growing professionally, while enjoying their time at Lubin.