Sheeba Saravanan

Sheeba Saravanan

President's Scholar

College of Business
Corporate Financial Management

Why did you choose your major?

Although my initial career started with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, the economics and finance classes that I took out of self-interest in a community college led me to put a hold on pursuing a master’s in Nutrition. I started taking more business classes. I really enjoyed the economics, finance, and accounting classes, and even surprised myself when I got high grades in those classes.  I knew I had to make a drastic decision that would change my career and my life.  I am now pursuing my new found passion in finance with a second bachelor’s in Corporate Financial Management.  I am happy about my career change, and I’ve never looked back.

What does receiving this particular award mean to you?

I am truly appreciative of this award, and I’m humbled by the recognition received from my professors and the University. This award indicates that hard work will never go unnoticed.  It is a motivation for me to continue working hard and to follow my academic pursuits.

Who has been instrumental in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?

There are many people who have played an important role in my life, but I thank God first and foremost for all his blessings and favor.  I am thankful to my husband who has stood by me as a strong pillar to lean on; all my achievements would not be possible without his encouragement and financial support for my education.  My parents without a doubt have played a huge role in shaping the person I am today; at a very young age they taught me the importance of education, and have sacrificed a lot to support me every step of the way.
I know that academic success does not happen just by one’s hard work; it requires the help of professors who play a pivotal role in determining the student’s success.  SJSU has some of the best professors and faculty that I’ve come across who have helped with my academic success.  Especially the Accounting and Finance Honor’s Program, directed by Mr. William DeVincenzi, and the Banking and Investment Association, headed by Dr. Marco Pagani, have provided me with many career opportunities in the Finance field.  I also thank Dr. Carol Reade, Dr. William Reckmeyer, and Dr. Dennis Jaehne for the opportunity to be a part of the Salzburg program.


What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?

I have over the years realized that true success in life comes from one’s hard work.  Always follow your passion, and never give up when you are faced with challenges.  Working hard in school can often be difficult and challenging, but your hard work will pay off in the future opening doors of opportunities for you.
Be inquisitive and find out about the many programs that are offered in the University.  Student organizations are a great way to get connected with other students, faculty, companies, organizations, and resources that will help you succeed in your academic and career life.

Where would you like to be in 5-10 years?

My ambition is to become a senior executive in the financial sector.  My 2010 summer internship at a reputable Silicon Valley Firm has been extended to a full time position as a Financial Analyst.  After a couple of years in the work field I plan to pursue MBA with a focus in Finance, which I believe will help me in pursuing my ambition.  In addition, I plan to start my family, and be part of an organization that supports education for children in developing countries.

A few words from her nominating professor:

"Sheeba has done an outstanding job in her classwork and is at the top of her class!"
-Dr. Janis Zaima