Gohmert, Kelli

KG

 

Hometown: Yorktown, TX
Major, Degree: Management, BBA
Graduated: May 2015
Graduate School:
St. Mary's University School of Law
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LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelligohmert

Favorite Warren Buffett Quote: "Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked."

 

What did you like best about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?

My fellow interns were my absolute favorite part of my time in BIC. A few of them are some of my closest friends now, and I would not have had the opportunity to know them without my participation in the program. I have many memories and stories from our time spent together over the 2 years I was a member.

What did you like least about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?

The questioning after every presentation. I know the intent was to ensure we did all the appropriate research and analysis on the company we were presenting, but it was inevitably the most stressful part of the presentation.

Why should current students participate in Bulldog Investment Company?

There are several reasons I think students should participate, the first being presentation skills. I became a decent presenter because of practice through class presentations and criticism from Dave. My experience also made other classes significantly easier as I applied class concepts when analyzing companies, and I became comfortable speaking in front of my classmates, professors and professionals. I learned a lot about investing, the business world and myself from being involved in the program. If you want to, you can learn a lot about the industry. Additionally, as I previously mentioned, students have the opportunity to become friends with various individuals. BIC is an opportunity to find a niche in the business department and separate yourself from other students, at TLU and from other universities. There are a lot of opportunities in BIC to set yourself apart and to improve as a young professional -- learn about investing and business, hear noteworthy presenters, apply class concepts, present to professionals, compete against other universities and your classmates, make a new set of friends, etc. -- students can get as much out of BIC as they are willing to put in. Also, Dave and the other individuals who run BIC genuinely care about students at TLU, and will do whatever they can to help you as a student.

What aspects of Bulldog Investment Company prepared you for the “real world?”

My experience in BIC prepared me professionally for presentations, and how to positively use criticism. Dave also offered quite a bit of “real world” advice ranging from debt and finances to marriage and balancing work with your personal life. For me, BIC provided the practical side of my business education at TLU.

How did Bulldog Investment Company help you obtain a job?

I did not head to the workforce after graduation, but I was accepted into 4 law schools and I partially attribute this to my time in BIC. Furthermore, the SMU Admissions Committee expressed interest in my participation in BIC as one of my primary qualifications-especially the Investment Challenge.

If you had all the power in the world to change anything about Bulldog Investment Company—what would it be?

I would move class to before lunch on Friday’s—the timing is difficult for individuals wanting to travel or do anything else—but obviously it isn’t that difficult to make class because many students faithfully do every week.