Two bachelor’s degrees, three majors, four internships, and a pending master’s degree. Graduate student Alexei Sothoron understands what it means to invest in yourself.
Sothoron will be graduating from George Mason University this spring with a master’s degree in data analytics engineering. This comes after he has already earned an undergraduate degree from Mason’s School of Business with a double major in Accounting and Finance, and a second undergraduate degree with a major in Information Systems and Operations Management.
“If you think about it, your education is an investment,” Sothoron said. “You want to diversify your investments. I chose to diversify my education.”
Sothoron says he was interested in Mason due to its proximity to Washington, D.C. and the opportunities that existed. He took advantage of this, completing internships with Guest Services Inc., Ernst & Young, and Logi Analytics. This summer, he will intern with KPMG’s risk analytics unit.
Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management Pallab Sanyal taught Sothoron in a data analytics class. Sanyal says “He’s very curious, very interested. Lots of good students are preoccupied with grades and ‘What can I do to get an A?’ But Alexei wanted to learn more about the topics. Good students like Alexei care about grades, but they’re not the be-all and end-all.”
An article about Alexei Sothoron was recently featured on Mason’s website:
His career plan? Invest in himself