I was looking for a very strong academic curriculum. In the top schools, that’s a given. But I was also looking for a very intense experience. When I visited Tuck I realized that when you’re in a small community in this environment, you’re exposed all the time to your peers. You really see how everybody knows everybody. When you go out for dinner, you’ll be with Tuckies. When you’re doing sports, you’ll be with Tuckies. You get to know a lot of people very well, and learn a lot from them. You also get more international experience because of Tuck’s setting, where you’re constantly mixed with everyone and away from distractions. Here, we know everybody. For example, I now have Chinese and Indian friends and, even though I have not visited their countries, I have gotten a good feeling of their culture. In that sense, Tuck has exceeded my expectations.
My internship was in the M&A department at Morgan Stanley in London. Morgan Stanley is slightly different from other banks because it gives you the opportunity to work with different industry groups during the summer. I worked on a deal in transportation for nine weeks. It was very interesting to learn of all the different aspects that affected the deal, from the pure finance modeling to the different groups and institutions involved and how complicated their interests were. At the same time, I did several pitches for the Basic Materials team, and with that team I got the chance to work on a project in Africa. It was interesting for me to see the importance of strategy within finance. My experience during the summer really got me excited about my second year at Tuck and my long-term career.
You need to be flexible and have a process of approaching things. Tuck’s core curriculum prepares you very well.” Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaneda T’13Curriculum
Life at Tuck
When I had a little more time after Fall A and B, I started skiing and going to the gym. The spring was awesome. I got involved in Tuck Follies in May. Singing and dancing were new experiences for me, something that I never thought I’d be able to do. I also played soccer and participated in the MBA World Cup. Now, I’m part of the triathlon club and we’re preparing for a race.