2019 Best & Brightest: Paul Chamesian, Rutgers-New Brunswick

Paul Chamesian

Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick

Motivated finance student with an avid interest in helping other students succeed on Wall Street.”

Fun fact about yourself: I knew how to speak, read, and write Armenian before I learned English.

Hometown: New Milford, N.J.

High School: New Milford High School

Major: Finance

Favorite Business Course: Asset Pricing & Portfolio Analysis

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

  • LIBOR (Little Investment Bankers of Rutgers, Investment Banking Club) – Co-president, student-managed fund
  • Road to Wall Street Program
  • Federal Reserve Challenge
  • Business Forum, Head Teaching Assistant (Professional Development Course);
  • Rutgers Armenian Students Association
  • Phi Delta Theta, Fraternity Scholarship Chair

Where have you interned during your college career?

Ivy, finance summer analyst – New York, N.Y.

JP Morgan, sales & trading summer analyst – New York, N.Y.

Evercore, investment banking summer analyst – New York, N.Y.

Where will you be working after graduation? Evercore, Investment Banking Analyst – New York, N.Y.

Who is your favorite professor? Professor Charles Citro. I admire his ability to leave the contents of the textbook and discuss trending topics in financial markets and help students in a professional sense. Taking a class with him introduced me to how finance is put into practice in the real world.

What did you enjoy most about your business school? Rutgers is an extremely large institution, which means it has an extremely large number of opportunities. At first, it was overwhelming trying to assimilate into the business school in general, but there is an avenue for each student to find their passion and always continue learning from their peers and professors. There are also many application-based, professionally-focused clubs that give students opportunities to advance their professional experience.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? The biggest lesson I learned revolves around networking and speaking to people in the field. Growing my network and asking questions of alumni, professors, and upperclassmen is definitely where I learned the most in my four years at Rutgers.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? I’m most surprised at the expertise professionals develop in a niche area in business, and how their skill sets develop throughout their career. Hearing alumni and professionals speak, it always impresses me how often they change professions and roles.

“If I didn’t major in business, I would be majoring in or studying…Architecture. I find it fascinating how creative someone can be in modernizing the vanilla idea of a building.”

Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college? It was more of a process of elimination. I knew I didn’t want to be a doctor or a lawyer, so I thought I’d give business a try and take it from there.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I think I am most proud of my freshman year internship because going into Rutgers I had no idea what I wanted to do. I completely took the advice of upperclassmen from the clubs I joined and worked hard to network and prepare for interviews. The internship was the first major item on my resume.

Which classmate do you most admire? Ryan Kraus – I met Ryan sophomore year and was very impressed by his involvement in different areas in school and the effort he made to prepare for his career (in the healthcare industry). He gave me great guidance in professional development and advised me to get more involved on campus, specifically in joining Greek life at Rutgers. To this day, Ryan and I are great friends. I’ll always appreciate his help and mentorship.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I think without the guidance of my parents, specifically my father, I would not be able to be where I am today. He instilled principles of work ethic and dedication in me that I could not learn anywhere else.

What are the top two items on your bucket list? Snowboarding in the Swiss Alps, Volunteering trip to home nation (Armenia) to help build homes.

What are your hobbies? Baseball, Basketball, Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Piano

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

“Paul Chamesian is a dedicated, highly involved, and well-rounded Rutgers Business School student. He is the co-president of the Little Investment Bankers of Rutgers (LIBOR), one of the school’s most active organizations. He is also currently working as a teaching assistant at Rutgers Business School and is regarded as one of the best teaching assistants the professor has ever had. Paul is known for his welcoming personality, reliability, and commitment to his academics.”

Helen Pensavalle
Department Administrator, Beta Gamma Sigma and Study Abroad Advisor
Office of Undergraduate Programs, Rutgers Business School

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