Originally from Jamaica, Fitz Drummond moved to the United States in 2001. At the time, he had not seen many buildings higher than two floors. Now actively involved in the business world, Fitz has found himself surrounded by Manhattan skyscrapers.
A double major in finance and management, Fitz spent this past summer as an intern at Citigroup, the largest financial services company in the world.
"As an intern I did a lot of presentations and got to work on deals that were happening," said Fitz.
Working 16 hours a day was intense, but Fitz walked away having learned a lot about what he calls "the real world."
"The experience exposed me to a lot that I couldn't have seen in the classroom," said Fitz. Being in the workplace, he was able to witness how much research actually went into deals as well as the actual execution of transactions.
Fitz has been learning more about the business world outside of his classes for a while. He is a member of Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a national organization run by management executives to introduce students to the financial services industry. He has participated in Starting Block, a six month program that promotes social responsibility in business and holds workshops at prestigious universities; and has worked to find internships and networked through Sponsors for Educational Opportunities.
At New Paltz, Fitz's interest in management has led him to take an active role in residence life as a resident assistant in Esopus Hall and president of the Residence Hall Student Association (RHSA).
"I've always wanted to do management and team-oriented work. RHSA is a prime example of this," said Fitz. "Serving as president has provided me with valuable lifelong skills."
Goals: Plans to graduate, work, get his MBA and eventually his Ph.D. to teach
at the university level.
Hobbies: Hanging out with residents and playing soccer – "it's what I'd do every day if I didn't work."
Motivation: The values instilled in him by his great grandmother, which has helped shape who he is today.
Little-known Fact: Fitz does not have a sense of smell.