2019 Best & Brightest: Miranda T. Scott, Miami University (Farmer)

Miranda T. Scott

Miami University, Farmer School of Business

Describe yourself in 15 words or less:















Fun fact about yourself: I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do!

Hometown: New Albany, Ohio

High School: New Albany High School

Major: Finance

Minor: Management and Leadership

Favorite Business Course: Organizational Change Management

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

School Awards and Honors

  • Farmer School of Business President’s List and/or Dean’s List (Fall 2015 – Present)
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Regional Certificate of Excellence (September 2018)
  • Farmer School of Business Honor Code Award (Fall 2016)

Extracurricular Activities

  • Women In Finance – President (Spring 2018 – Present)
  • Farmer School of Business Ambassador (Spring 2018 – Present)
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lambda Mu chapter – Second Vice President (Spring 2017 – Present)
  • Women In Finance – Secretary & Charter Member (Fall 2016 – Spring 2018)
  • Delta Sigma Pi – Faculty Relations Committee Member (Fall 2016)

Community Work

  • Booker T. Washington Community Center – Volunteer in Tutoring Room (Fall 2018 – Present)
  • Oxford Community Choice Pantry – Volunteer (Spring 2017 – Present)
  • Oxford Senior Center – Volunteer (Spring 2017 – Present)

Leadership Roles

  • FSB Peer Mentor Program – Mentor (Fall 2018 – Present)
  • UNV 101 – Undergraduate Associate/Teacher Assistant (Fall 2016)

Where have you interned during your college career?

  • Capital One – Chicago, IL – Healthcare Cash Flow Summer Analyst
  • Capital One Securities Inc. – New Orleans, Louisiana – Exploration and Production Summer Analyst

Where will you be working after graduation? I have accepted a full-time job with Capital One within their Commercial Rotation Program. This program allows post-grad analysts to explore various roles within the commercial bank with a total of three 7-month rotations.

What company do you admire most? I admire the company SpaceX created by Elon Musk in 2002. Being that Miami University is a liberal arts institution, students are required to take a grouping of classes that fall outside their major to broaden one’s perspective and increase personal development. My grouping of classes was in astronomy and this sparked a hidden love and passion for space and our place within the universe. Due to this interest, I admire what SpaceX is doing to revolutionize space technology and having individuals reimagine our place in the universe!

Who is your favorite professor? My favorite professor while being at Miami has to be Professor Roger Glenski. He teaches our business core introductory finance class and makes learning about finance fun and engaging whether you are in the major or not! Through relatable in-class examples to helping his students in office hours, Professor Glenski was a great professor and helped solidify that finance was the correct career path for me.

What did you enjoy most about your business school? I enjoy that the Farmer School of Business requires its students to take a ‘business core’ set of classes. The core is made up of introductory classes of all the possible majors within the business school. Making these classes a requirement ensures no matter one’s major that every business student that graduates from the school have a foundational knowledge in all subjects of business. I feel this business core component makes students from Miami University highly competitive in the job market as well.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? The biggest lesson I have gained from studying business is how to get comfortable with always being uncomfortable. Business is a dynamic field and to be successful I have learned the art of always being willing and able to adapt to a situation. Life is often neither black nor white, but some shade of grey and studying business has taught me how to be comfortable in the grey not only in business but in my everyday life as well.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? What has surprised me most about majoring in business is learning about all the aspects that make up a company and how they all have an equal role to the success of that company. From the financials to supply chain management and all the IT that connects employees within a business, companies are complex entities. It is also important to note that those who aspire to lead a company require a proficient knowledge in them all!

“If I didn’t major in business, I would be majoring in or studying… astronomical physics! After taking a collection of astronomy classes I found a passion in learning more about the universe and space technology. Being both a numbers orientated and creative student I would be excited to learn how we can create new technology to continue to understand the universe around us.”

Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college? Mr. Brian Schoch, my personal finance teacher during my junior year of high school has most influenced me to pursue a career in business. It was this class that taught me that I could make a career out of managing one’s finances. At the beginning of each week, we would have to ‘buy’ stock in various companies while tracking their performance and analyzing the results at the end of the week on whether or not you earned money on your stock. I found this activity to be stimulating and exciting and remember becoming invested in the performance of my stocks as the weeks went on.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I am most proud of achieving the Farmer School of Business Honor Code Award in the Fall of 2016. This is one of the business school’s most prestigious student recognition awards based upon the nomination by a faculty member on the actions of one’s integrity, respect, and responsibility. This award is a testament to the high ethical business standards I hold myself too and display each and every day.

Which classmate do you most admire? I most admire my friend and classmate Azieb Zeray, who I have known since joining my sorority in the spring of 2017. Azieb is also pursuing a major in finance and is a shining example of a woman who is determined, hard-working, and high achieving. She is in a multitude of organization and campus involvement all while never wavering on her high academic success. She is a great role model and I am blessed to call her my friend and my sister.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I would thank everyone who has had a hand in my personal and professional development. Specifically, I would most like to thank my parents and particularly my mom for my success. She has supported both my educational pursuits and my career aspirations every step of the way and I am greatly appreciative of that. For every internship I have had, which have been out-of-state in comparison to my hometown, my mother has traveled to the location and helped me move in to ensure I am prepared to put my best foot forward for my first day of work. This action goes to show the type of woman she is – a nurturing, caring, God-loving spirit and for her I am forever thankful!

What are the top two items on your bucket list?

  • Travel to all 7 continents
  • To swim with sharks

What are your hobbies?

  • Playing instruments – I currently know how to play the piano, ukulele, and recently picked up the harmonica
  • Attending musicals

What made Miranda such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2019?

“Miranda Scott is dedicated to excelling in everything she does. I have known Miranda for three years as a student organization faculty adviser and I’ve seen her grow from a founding member of Miami University’s Women in Finance student organization first to the incredibly thorough and organized Secretary and now ultimately to the impressive and powerful President. She represents the organization fantastically by arranging corporate visits, guest speakers, round-table discussions, and expanding alumni connections, and she is an outstanding mentor to younger members in addition to her integral role on the Executive Board. Apart from her leadership and involvement in student organizations, she represents the Farmer School of Business (FSB) at Make it Miami recruiting events where she provides testimonials about her experience at Miami, is a Miami University Honor Code Honoree chosen by FSB faculty for her dedication to upholding the FSB values of integrity, respect, and responsibility, and on top of all this she excels in her difficult finance classes, maintaining a high GPA and earning the respect of her peers and professors. Miranda is such an invaluable addition to the class of 2019 because to put it simply, she is truly a force of nature!”

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Thompson Badgett
Assistant Professor of Finance



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