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Amira Jibrine

'13 VSB

Investment Management Associate, BlackRock

Favorite class at VSB and why?

My favorite course at VSB was Consumer Behavior. I loved bringing together marketing and human behavior and analyzing what encourages a person to make a decision to purchase or use a product. I also had a lot of fun with my group for our semester-long team project.

Most important thing you learned?

My time at VSB, through my coursework and extracurriculars, taught me most about leadership and work ethic. Being viewed as a leader and a resource by one’s peers and colleagues is so important and rewarding in the work place. I feel that my experiences at VSB helped me learn what it takes to be that person that others look to. I was also always inspired by VSB students and their own ambitions and achievements. In terms of work ethic, I learned that we do not all learn the same way or at the same speed. Sometimes I would have to put in more time or effort to study or complete a project if I wanted to do well. And I shouldn’t assume that just because my peers find something easy, or even, not important, I need to know myself well enough to understand what it will take for ME to be successful.

Favorite Villanova memory?

This is a tough one! I have a few special experiences. I absolutely loved all of the off-site excursions organized by the Clay Center at VSB, such as a “Day on Wall Street,” and visits to Tory Burch and Michael Kors headquarters! Definitely got a girl excited about work. I would also have to say my three unique chances to travel overseas with Villanovans: one summer in Spain, and two Spring Break trips—one in Italy and another in Costa Rica. They really would not have been the same experiences had I not been among my classmates and best friends! I took for granted how tough it is to travel when you’re working full time.

What are you currently reading?

I don’t make personal reading enough of a priority. Two books on my list include The Big Short, since I thought the movie was fantastic, and Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, which was recommended by a colleague.

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