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    Himani Bhati

    Degree Program: Computer Science

    What factors led you to decide to attend Hudson County Community College?
    I chose HCCC because of its good reputation, affordable, and high-quality education. I had set out with a dream to achieve big in life and HCCC felt like the perfect place to start my journey.

    What is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?
    My best memory is a trip to King’s College, Pennsylvania for the Middle States Regional Officers Academy and Honors Institute. I got the opportunity since I was an officer with Phi Theta Kappa International Society. We were there for four days and we took part in meetings, projects, presentations, and fun events. It infused confidence in me, was intellectually stimulating, and strengthened bonding with Phi Theta Kappa friends. Of course, it was a lot of fun, too!

    How did you become interested in your current career?
    When I started college in 2011, the financial crisis had still not completely faded away. The environment stimulated my curiosity and interest in finance.

    How did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?
    HCCC prepared me for career and life by strengthening values of hard work and focus, and my classmates helped me dream big. The professors guided and inspired me to pursue my dreams wholeheartedly and friends fully supported it. Also, being a part of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society strengthened my Columbia University college application and helped make my resume more marketable and impressive.

    What is a typical work day for you?
    I reach the office at about 8 a.m. and check my emails. I also check the latest market/financial news which is relevant to my work. The next few hours are spent working on Excel while checking financial updates/emails intermittently. We have a few meetings and calls scheduled during the day. I also need to take a couple of trainings occasionally. My work involves reviewing trading activities, understanding how the market has performed and the desk’s trading strategy. I finish my work by 6:30 p.m. and leave for home.

    What has been the most memorable project/case you have worked on?
    The first portfolio of securities that I created as a part of my Columbia University finance project was one of the most memorable projects I worked on. It helped me build my knowledge and gave me the initial experience of working on financial securities.

    Who are your biggest inspirations that have impacted your work in some way?
    I have been greatly inspired by my professors. Their commitment to education and teaching enriched my learning experience and helped me develop work ethics in my own life.

    What advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?
    Never stop learning and growing yourself. Education is and will always remain your biggest investment; help yourself grow a little more each day.

    What advice do you have for those students who are just starting their college careers?
    My advice for students starting their college careers is that college is an opportunity, a challenge, and a privilege too. Make the most of this opportunity, with this challenge, and stay humble about this privilege.