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From CNBC to VP of Student Investment Fund: Finance Student Credits Mason for Expanding His Skills

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Senior finance major Ali Kahil, isn’t your typical college student. He’s offered stock tips as a freshmen speaking live on CNBC, received a scholarship from Motley Fool, has worked part-time as a financial analyst at a nonprofit in Alexandria, Virginia, landed an internship at nationally ranked wealth management firm Buckingham Strategic Wealth, and is collaborating with his former professor on a syllabus of future guest speakers for a Mason finance course, all prior to receiving his degree.

Kahil says his professors and classes at Mason have helped him expand his knowledge and leadership skills, including Shelly Canterbury, who further sparked his interest in firm valuation; Jay Jayamohan, who guided him and his classmates in Mason’s business case competition, where they won second place; and Derek Horstmeyer, who recognized Kahil’s ability in finance and chose him to be the vice president of the investment committee for Mason’s Student Managed Investment Fund.

Although Kahil is still deciding which area of finance to pursue for his career, Horstmeyer says, “[Ali] is an incredibly earnest and hardworking individual. He genuinely loves learning about finance, and not just as a prerequisite for a job.”

“What’s rewarding about finance is being able to see what you can do with it — being able to create not just wealth, but success, and to be able to enable other people’s dreams and aspirations to come true,” says Kahil.

Read the complete article about Ali Kahil that was featured on Mason’s website:
On TV and in the classroom: Star finance student reaps great returns at Mason

Photo by Lathan Goumas.