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Maria Jose Garcia


Hello!! My name is Maria Jose Garcia and I come from a little island in the Caribbean known as Dominican Republic. This is my first time living outside the Dominican Republic and I am still trying to adjust to everything, most importantly this cold weather. I am currently 18 years old and I’m majoring in finance at the Kogod School of Business. From a very young age I had envisioned myself studying something that had to do with number and also that involved businesses so I decided to give finance a try. I love mathematics and learning about how to create your own business and would like to in the future not only work as a financial analyst but also maybe create my own business. Moreover, I am bilingual, Spanish being my first language, making it sometimes hard for me in class to understand everything and making it even harder to socialize with others. I have two brothers, a older one who is currently a senior at American University studying finance as well and a younger one who is currently at the Dominican Republic finishing high school and is planning on coming to American University as well. I love adventures and my dream would be to one day live and skydive in Australia. Running around DC, getting to know it better each and every day is one of my favorite things to do. Living in the United States has always been a dream for me, even if I am not planning on staying here after I end college. I see it as an opportunity to learn about different cultures and to meet new people from all over the world. The experiences I’ve had these past two months while studying at American have been unforgettable and I can’t wait to see what else is to come.

Long-Term Goals


  • Study abroad in Australia, because I have always dreamed of living there in order to get to know the country.
  • Double major in Finance and Business and Entertainment or Communications.


  • Get a job in my country or a prestige company in the United States.
  • Gain skills necessary to enter the professional field of finance or business in the entertainment field.
  • Get an internship at a place where I can learn to be a financial analyst.


  • Develop my skills in socializing and communicating with others.
  • Develop ability that will help me making negotiations and expand my networking.

Semester Goals


  • Take communication courses to see if it interest me in some way.


  • Have an informational interview with department chair to see what career options are possible in that major.
  • Attend one professional networking event in DC in the are of business and finance.
  • Apply for internship in the field of finance or anything to do with business on the entertainment industry.


  • Sign up for workshops that help me develop my communication skills.
  • Try not to stress and do my best in every class.
  • Get into clubs, get to know people.

Mentor Network

Mike Youngborg, Honors Counselor

Major/Minor/Certificate Program

Bachelor of Science in Finance at the Kogod School of Business