Lucas College and Graduate School of Business
Why did you choose your major?
Growing up I observed that many of my relatives ran their own sole proprietorships in different trades, such as being mechanics, pool cleaning, gardeners, cleaning homes, and so on. They all have worked very hard, but they have done well for themselves having come from a rough start. This made me recognize early on that business was a solid option. I began researching career fields in business, and this in part allowed me to meet my first mentor after high school. From him, I learned what is possible to for anyone to achieve in our life, and in this world, as long as I have the ambition to follow through with my goals. He had established his career in finance, and his profession had allowed him to travel the world and dedicate a large portion of his life working in the White House. He introduced me to the books “Intelligent Investor”, and “Security Analysis” by Benjamin Graham, and from there I was hooked in the investment side of business. I realized that areas such as the process of a company raising capital to buy another company, the human motive of making decisions, or just the ability for a person to be rational when everyone else is running away, were interesting for me, so the choice of majoring in Finance became a prime motivator.
What does receiving this particular award mean to you?
My education has been a major part of my life, especially my time at SJSU. As a student, I have put countless of hours preparing for exams, writing papers, and finishing projects in every semester these last two years. This award is an indicator that I am still on the right track, and to continue working my hardest to finish strong. The achievement puts me in a mindset of what hard work, dedication, and determination can achieve.
Who has been influential in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?
My dad, due to all his sacrifice working extended hours six days a week since I could remember. He was a great influence of what perseverance and hard work truly mean. My mother for her ability to conquer her pain as she suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, and showing what being a good person with strong values really mean. My mentors throughout my life and jobs, Mr. Searby and Mrs. Searby, my hedge fund team Kalpesh and Darrell, and Mr. Walters and the team at Morgan Stanley, who all gave me great advise for the future, the opportunity to be part of their firms, and also a drive to excel academically and professionally. Finally my professors Mrs. Abbott, and Mr. DeVincenzi who have played a significant part in my studies at SJSU
Did you overcome any hardships or adversities in your life that have helped shape who you are today? And if so, could you please briefly elaborate?
Like all human beings, we have all had our struggles in our lives. These struggles shape us in who we are. If we can overcome these challenges, we gain an ability to become stronger internally. There have been a number of difficult choices I have had to make these last several years. I might have made the right or the wrong decision, but the important part is to continue on to what seems right to me, and always see the big picture of one's entire life.
What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?
Putting in a few more hours than what is normal throughout the week preparing for an exam will pay off in the long run. Most of those hours will pay off right after finishing the exam, since I'll spend those hours relaxing and not worrying, since I did the best I could. Success is not based on intelligence or ability, but one's character, dedication, and perseverance to put in the hard work needed to accomplish what is needed.
How do you envision yourself in 5-10 years?
I'll be continuing my career in one of the following fields; investment banking, hedge fund, private equity, or venture capital.
A few words from his nominating professor:
Alejandro, a Sbona Honors student, won an internship with Morgan Stanley Investment Banking, and awarded the prestigious Morgan Stanley Richard B. Fisher scholarship as well. This is a unique accomplishment for any state University in the country, and San Jose State can be proud that one of our students “broke the mold”, competing with the highest rated University business programs in the Country, and being named as one of the recipients of this much sought after opportunity
- Bill DeVincenzi, Lecturer, Accounting & Finance, College of Business