Dec 11, 2008

You Asked. I Answered. Question 8.

Mary Michal: I have a question for you. What was your job that had you working such long hours? Also, what are your first 2 degrees in?
I worked in Investment Banking as an Equity Anaylst covering Telecommunications Companies.  We covered 18 stocks in total.  I spent a lot of time on the phone with clients (buy-side institutions), schmoozing potential industry contacts (which accounts for some of the late nights - I call business dinners with 60 year old men who drink too much work.  And really - it is work they should have paid extra for!  Finance is still a bit of a boys club and those guys don't have boundaries), and I spent hours and hours and hours and hours modeling in Excel. 

I graduated from SMU in 2006 with a B.S. in Economics, a B.A. in Political Science, and a B.A. in Public Policy.  I have a number of graduate hours but do not have a Masters Degree.  Although, contrary to popular belief a masters degree is not needed for a PhD.  It is sort of like an associates degree and a bachelors degree.  While most people dont get an associates degree first, you can.  Same thing.  Most people don't get a masters degree first, but you can.

Feel free to ask additional questions. This is sort of fun! You can post additional questions as a comment to the original Ask Me Anything Post - or even just put them here! Ill do my best to answer. Or I'll at least make something entertaining up!


  1. Sorry for the follow up question - the only reason I ask is because I work in investment banking....did you work in equity research or in banking? I'm always so thrilled to find other women that work in the field!

  2. Holy. Moly. Lot of college degrees. I feel like a slacker! That's awesome. Personally, I think that's such an inspiration and will be so motivating to your kids!

    I was going to register to finish up my second degree, but, I tell you, I totally forgot that class registration for the next semester is like two days after the first semester starts and I missed the deadline :( I'm going to take summer courses though.

  3. What's your favorite hobby?

    What was one thing you knew you had to have in your wedding? (Such as a particular momento, design of cake, etc)

  4. Wow, that is a lot of degrees! How long did it take you to complete all those degrees?

  5. You must LOVE learning! I love that...

  6. Hi Alexis! Cristin from SMU here... I wandered over to your site today [distraction from my own finals!] I love that you are going back to school. I'm actually wondering what specifically you're going to be studying within Public Policy and Political Economy. I'm studying community health and am also taking policy classes, and I'm curious as to in which area of policy your interests lay. Did you have to declare a thesis topic or are they giving you time to simmer and focus your curiosities?