Name: Nick Ginsberg
Hometown: Woodbridge, CT
Majors: Computer Science, Economics
Minor: Financial Econ
Current Job: Investment Banking Associate, Goldman Sachs
Tell us a little about the path from graduation to your current job/career: By pure luck, I got the last wait list spot at a career fair in the fall of my sophomore year to speak with the Goldman reps. We met for a brief half hour introductory chat, and I was invited to a full interview, then my first sophomore internship there, then my second junior year internship, then had my full time job ready and waiting for me after graduation!
Any internships/pre-professional experiences at JHU? My main work experience at Hopkins was in right here in the Admissions Office, building and maintaining the very website you’re on now. In addition to working with some fabulous people who will no doubt feature my alumni profile prominently, it allowed me to use a lot of my computer science study outside of the classroom. There were many things I learned with my student job that I was able to take back to my classes to gain a leg up, and a lot of school work that I could use to bring the technology here in Admissions to the next level.
What extracurriculars were you involved with at JHU? In addition to being a student worker in Admissions, I also blogged for the very site I was charged with maintaining (thankfully, those blogs have been removed). I served as president of my fraternity, AEPi, and volunteered as an EMT with our on-campus medic unit, HERO. Finally, I also worked with the MSE Symposium, the student led group responsible for bringing high profile speakers to campus. Some of our main speakers during my involvement included Congressman Ron Paul, Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia Founder), and comedians Aziz Ansari and Seth Meyers.
In what ways did your Hopkins education prepare you for your career? For me, one of the most valuable skills I brought from Hopkins to my professional life is time management. Managing classes and clients are totally different, but in many ways, one skill set translates well to the other. Being order to effectively gauge how long something is going to take, prioritize, and handle situations where the first two don’t go the way you planned is crucial to both places.
Any classes, faculty members, or involvements at JHU that helped to shape your career interest? How did they do so? Being an EMT helped shape my career interest by confirming that I really didn’t want to be a doctor. I loved and am eternally grateful for the skills and experiences my years as a volunteer brought me, but I think I was meant more for bonds than blood.
Favorite Hopkins memory: Probably setting up a kiddie pool in my dorm in the beginning of sophomore year, when we weren’t supposed to leave the building due to hurricane Irene. Irene came right during orientation week, so since we were confined to our room, we bought a 6 foot inflatable pool and filled it with re-routed water from our kitchen sink and invited our floor over. For sure against some housing regulation, for sure awesome.
What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most? Having so many of your friends just a stones throw away. Even in New York, where you’re realistically not far from anyone, you realize how spoiled you were on campus. Friend wants to hang out three buildings away? Nope no way not happening too far. Now the only thing three buildings away is my dry cleaner.
Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? I’d tell myself to get off campus more. I feel like I didn’t experience much outside of Charles Village (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I certainly think there was a lot out there that I missed by being in my bubble. I also wish I’d worked harder to cultivate more relationships with professors. Although they were always very friendly and receptive, I never really made the effort to reach out and get to know many of them beyond class, and there could have been a lot to come from that.