If you had all the power in the world to change anything about Bulldog Investment Company—what would it be?
"I would keep the same amount of presentations, but spread them out more within the school year. I understand that they are already spread out as much as they can be, but you said I have all the power in the world, right?"
"After participating in the internship, I would say the one thing I would change is how often we meet. We all have busy schedules, so it is not always easy, but I would have loved to be able to meet more often than once a week. Meeting for the internship on Fridays was something I looked forward to every week. Not only did I get to test the new skills I learned from the previous week, but also there is always something new and exciting to talk about. Meeting just once a week, I learned so much from Dave and the other interns. It is amazing to think that if I had been able to pick everyone’s brains more, how much more about portfolio management, financial analysis, and investing I could know."
"I would make the meetings longer. When I first started, our meetings would sometimes last nearly 3+ hours. Now the meetings last two hours. I understand everybody wants to start the weekend early, but I enjoyed when our discussions would last longer, and everybody continued to learn."
“If there's one thing that I would change about Bulldog, it's that I would like to have had more financial planning knowledge use to build a complete individual investment portfolio. Sure, we know how to pick stocks, but I would like to know more about IRAs, 401(k)s, and other places to put my money. Even with the knowledge we've learned from Bulldog, putting everything in stocks isn't always the best thing to do.”
“If there was anything I could change about Bulldog Investment Co, it would be to go to other places and show off what we are made of, because we truly can run stride for stride with the big name schools.
I have really enjoyed being a part of this company more than any other organization I have been a part of.”
“I would encourage highly motivated students to get involved in such an amazing opportunity. Furthermore, BIC should be treated as a 3-4 credit hour course and requires lots of research and preparation. As such, students need to be prepared for the discussions and pay attention to such discussions. Therefore, the best ways to achieve a positive learning outcome would be accomplished by turning off electronic devices, computers and other distractors.”
“I would fire Dave. Haha. The only thing I would change would be to make the teams smaller--preferably 3 people. However, I don't think it’s possible because there are too many people interested in Bulldog Investment Co. I really like how the meetings are structured. That is mostly dealing with current events and a portfolio review.”
“I don't feel that much should be changed about Bulldog Investment Company. Scheduling presentations so that they are evenly spaced throughout the semester would be ideal, but I know that isn't always possible with so many different schedules, breaks, and holidays.”
“I would add Bulldog Investment Co. to the TLU course curriculum, and meet like a normal class period. That would likely require more staff though, unless Dave likes putting even more miles on his car!”
“Probably the day of the week we meet. Possibly this would allow Bulldog to gain a larger crowd and to strengthen its presence on campus.”
“I think that the teams should be smaller (four members) and the presentations should be shorter. Maybe make the most senior member become a Vice President of the company and have a board made up of lower class men that were not picked for a team. Also I think it would be good if once a year everyone took a road trip up to the Sather Financial Group office in Victoria and did a presentation to the staff on the best company pick of the semester. Something like that would add to the real world aspect.”
-Andrew Kopecki, Founding Member
“The only change I would make, and it is more of an alteration, is the availability for meetings and presentations. I wish that Bulldog was available more like a class (multiple times a week for 1-1.5 hours) than once at the end of the week for two hours. I think this would increase the effectiveness of the hands-on-learning, and raise overall attentiveness during meetings. That being said, Dave Sather is unable to be two places at one time, so it’s more of an alteration.”
“Hmmm... more free pizza? I really have no complaints. It was fun, extremely educational, and definitely worth the extra time.”
“That's a tough question. I think a top priority is to invest in more effective marketing of Bulldog at TLU to recruit more students. Perhaps getting in touch with other investment internships at other schools and planning more of some sort of competitions and joint events.”
“The only real thing I would change from my time in Bulldog would be the meeting dates--move them off Friday. Otherwise, it was a fantastic learning experience.”
-Chris Gohmert, Founding Member
“If I had power of the world I will help Bulldog Investment Company and make it the biggest student professional organization. Well, if I had just a little more power I will include this program to TLU Business Administration academic curriculum. I think this will greatly help students to enhance their business skills and be able to be the best on other’s eyes."
“I just wish more people could know what they are missing out on, and how much Bulldog could add to their learning experience at TLU.”
“I think a field trip to the office in Victoria once a semester to execute a trade and learn in the Sather Financial Group, Inc. environment.”