Making the most of the College of Business
Vladimir Munoz, BSBA
For Vladimir Munoz, attending the College of Business was a no-brainer. Munoz, a finance concentration, fondly recalled his first visit to CSU during a trip with his DECA club from Thornton High School.
“I remember walking out of the Lory Student Center and seeing the mountain view,” he recalled. “The best way of describing that feeling was, ‘This is home.’”
Munoz’s time in College of Business can be encapsulated in two words: seizing opportunity. He wasted no time deciding the path he wanted to pursue and never looked back.
“Within my first week going to CSU, I told my advisor, ‘You know what? I want to do finance,’” Munoz said. “There was never any second-guessing.”
Along his journey at the College of Business, he capitalized on the resources and opportunities afforded him. He became president of the Finance Club and a tutor to finance students, spent a winter studying in Barcelona and landed an internship in New York with Bank of America.
He also built many relationships with College of Business faculty members, who, in turn, routinely praised him for his engagement and leadership qualities. While choosing between two job offers in New York, Vladimir found words of wisdom in Clinical Professor Frank Smith.
“[Frank] told me, ‘You can’t go wrong with either, but whatever decision you do make, don’t look back,” Munoz recalled.
Reflecting on his time here, Munoz recognizes that opportunity presented itself early and often at the College of Business. All he needed was to engage that opportunity and let himself succeed.
“I think we take the resources we have for granted many times,” he said. “Just because opportunity is there doesn’t mean it’s going to do anything for you. It’s an opportunity for you to take advantage of.”
His habit of seizing opportunity won’t be left on campus when he graduates. He has accepted a full-time offer with Bank of America as a corporate banking analyst in New York, where he sees endless opportunities and options.
At the College of Business, Munoz applied his work ethic and dedication to thrive. He is grateful to the College of Business and CSU community, which helped him achieve his goals.
“[Graduating from the College of Business] means I fulfilled my end of the promise to my younger self about wanting a different life when I grow up, to be able to prove people wrong about where I’m going to end up and what I’m going to accomplish,” he said.
Munoz found opportunities at CSU he never thought would be available to him. “Now, it’s my turn to go and fulfill it and pass it on to the next generation.”