In the short time he has been in the work force, alumnus David Dodds has found employment in a city he loves. As a wealth management professional at Arjent LLC, he is able to explore all Manhattan has to offer. This leading boutique banking firm, which provides high net worth individuals with asset management and investment banking services, has exposed Dodds to the expansive world of national and international banking-all from his office on Lexington Avenue.
It was this proximity to the US's fast-paced financial capital that became a deciding factor in Dodds' decision to attend Monmouth University.
"I love Midtown. I knew I wanted to work in the City, and campus is a train ride away. I grew up in Bridgewater, so I'm used to having New York close to me," he said. More than a year after graduating in January 2014 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a double concentration in Finance and Accounting, Dodds is able to look back fondly on a rewarding college experience that led him toward his ideal career path.
"I really liked Jacqueline Ferguson's accounting class. She enjoyed what she was teaching, and that enthusiasm was contagious," said Dodds, recalling some of his favorite business professors at the University. "Minna Yu made a point to show she cared when we did well, and always made sure I was on track with the material by following up with me after class."
In addition to excelling academically, Dodds took on leadership roles in multiple student organizations. As Tau Kappa Epsilon's social and recruitment chairs, he organized fraternity events and helped potential new members through the process of recruitment on campus.
"Initially, I thought joining fraternity life meant picking only one organization to get to know. I came to realize that everyone in the community is actually very close and connected. Because of that closeness, I've made such strong links with other fraternities that I'm able to reach out to them for advice and use them as resources," he said. His other responsibilities as TKE's Inter-Fraternal Council representative and the International Business Club's treasurer helped sculpt Dodds' adeptness for interpersonal communication and business decorum. Beyond his duties on campus, he also found friendships that have lasted well after graduation.
"I met my first friend at school at summer orientation. It turned out that we had lived in the same town our whole lives, but we had never met before. He ended up being my best friend for all four years, and we're still just as close now," he said.
While New York City may now be Dodds' territory, he only has fond memories of his time spent at the Jersey Shore.