Vanderbilt Master of Finance Class of 2013
Investment Banking Analyst, Raymond James
You can forgive Asia Brumwell for not knowing what she wanted to do when she entered college. She was only 16 years old.
By the end of her sophomore year at the University of British Columbia in her native Vancouver, Asia realized she “wanted to do something broadly within business or finance” and gradually settled on investment banking, a field in which her older sister already worked. She spent a year after graduation working in a restaurant, researching career paths and applying to MS Finance programs.
“Obviously, Vanderbilt offers a highly ranked MS Finance program with outstanding faculty,” says Asia, who starred as a national-level softball and baseball player in Canada (she played catcher and batted leadoff) and is an avid skier. After she visited, her mind was made up. In stark contrast to at least one other program, she says, “when I came to Owen and met with Kate Barraclough (the program director), she immediately made me feel welcome and the interview was as much about exploring ways in which Owen could be a good fit for me as about whether I was ‘good enough’ for the school.
“An MSF student took me to lunch and I met several others. The atmosphere was congenial and collaborative. I knew this was a group in which I would feel at home.”
Now, the former model and actress (she was one of three final candidates to appear on Missing in America opposite Danny Glover) has found her path — which, for now, involves staying in her adopted city of Nashville. “I’m focused on learning all I can about investment banking,” she says. “But even if I decide to do something else, my degree and experience will give me so many opportunities.”