Class of 2020
Currently Studying :
"Graduating earlier means more time to focus on your career. Pace has launched a 39-credit MBA program, which, in my opinion, is perfectly suited for those that already work full time and attend the university part time, like myself."
– Stephan Savin, Class of 2020
Meet Stephan Savin '20, a first-generation MBA student majoring in Corporate Finance. This is not Stephan's first rodeo with regard to attending Pace. In 2016, he earned his BBA, and has since been very active in the finance industry, where he works today as an Associate for JP Morgan Chase. When it was time to take the next step, Stephan returned to his alma mater looking to get back in touch with the professors that had a major impact on his career. We talked to Stephan about what it has been like to return to Lubin and take advantage of our new 39-credit MBA program.
You got your BBA from Pace and have been working in Finance since 2016. Why did you decide to come back to the Lubin School of Business for your MBA?
I love education and learning. When I was working toward my undergraduate degree, I had some bright and passionate professors that helped shape my career. Pace was able to make returning for my MBA a simple process by allowing me to enroll with a focus on core classes, and just like during my undergraduate years, I have met professors during my MBA studies who I know I will remain in touch with for years to come.
Tell us about your experiences at Lubin. Which resources are you using?
As a part-time graduate student with a full-time job, I have not found the time to take advantage of as many resources as I would like. However, during my undergraduate years, every career counselor knew me by my first name because I would visit the Career Services office as much as I could. I also hope to join the Lubin Alumni Association Board in the near future.
We have recently launched our new 39-credit MBA program that you were able to transfer into this year. What does this opportunity mean to you?
Graduating earlier means more time to focus on your career. Pace has launched a 39-credit MBA program, which, in my opinion, is perfectly suited for those that already work full time and attend the university part time, like myself.
Do you have any advice for other Lubin students looking to get into the finance industry?
My advice for students looking to get into finance is to network, network, and network some more. For those entering into finance with limited connections and expertise, you have to make networking a priority: reach out to alumni, schedule coffee chats, and understand that you have to remain persistent. Keep in mind, of course, that not everyone is willing or able to help. Remain positive and patient, because whatever your goal is, it might take more time to get there than you think, but know that you will get there if you put in the work.
What does #LubinLife mean to you?
#LubinLife to me means that your work and effort are able to speak for themselves. As part of Lubin, and going to school in one of the most competitive cities in the world, you must find a way to stand out. Whether it be a having a technical skill like coding, starting an app, being a nationally recognized athlete, or having the most internships on your resume, you must stand out. #Lubinlife to me means learning how to work harder and smarter than the competition.