Published 07/01/14

Regina Castro ’14: Archway Investment Fund offers competitive edge

Hometown: Atyrau, Kazakhstan
Major: Finance
Minor: Economics
Path: Finance industry

Regina Castro '14Regina Castro came to the United States five years ago with big dreams and goals – but no clear plan for how to achieve them. After graduating from the Community College of Rhode Island with highest honors, she wanted to study business. When she learned about Bryant’s Archway Investment Fund (AIF), where students manage a real portfolio ($935,000), she knew she had found the perfect school to continue her education.

Today, she has a solid strategy for not only starting her finance career but also for advancing it. “Bryant helped me to realize exactly what I want to do and assisted me in developing a clear action plan for success,” says Castro, who is currently interviewing for finance positions in the region.

“Bryant helped me to realize exactly what I want to do and assisted me in developing a clear action plan for success.”

She has a competitive edge because prospective employers are eager to discuss her experiences in the AIF. These include two semesters as a securities analyst, one semester as a portfolio manager, and a stint on the AIF’s Executive Committee. With faculty and staff, Castro attended an Annual Global Asset Management Forum in New York City, where she and her classmates took part in panel and seminar sessions led by professionals in the financial industry.

“The Archway Investment Fund exposed me to the real-world experience of investing in financial markets,” she says. “It taught me how to work effectively in a team environment and played an important role in establishing my foundation as a leader.”

The program also caused Castro, who graduated summa cum laude, to slightly adjust her career goals. She had planned to become a financial analyst, and, by age 35, a chief financial officer. Today, she is open to working in wealth management, as well as corporate finance. “Becoming a CFO is still my goal,” she says with a smile, “but it may take me a bit longer than I expected.”