North Central College - Naperville, IL
Major: 
Finance major

Ricky has good instincts. He chose North Central because he knew he'd have the chance to build relationships with his professors in small classes. He quickly got to know Andy Whitaker, professor of economics and finance, whom he credits with helping him land an internship with the financial services firm Robert W. Baird. "Professor Whitaker knew the managing director and put in a word for me, which led to an interview," he says. "That's just one example of the networking opportunities at North Central. Our professors have diverse and rich backgrounds in finance, so get to know them as soon as you can. It pays off!"