Tim SharkyThere are very few other business schools like the Eli Broad College of Business that foster a collaborative and team-oriented culture as we have in ours,” said Timothy Sharky, graduating senior in finance and the Broad College of Business 2019 student commencement speaker.

With parting words, Sharky will send off fellow Broad College classmates towards their exciting and new futures as recent graduates of their respective programs. Sharky’s speech will offer testament to the team-oriented and leadership driven environment that the Broad College cultivates.

“Students are not out to compete against each other here. We are all trying to elevate the Broad College as a whole and help fellow Spartans become leaders in our college and the business world overall,” said Sharky.

With plans to join Shore Capital Partners in Chicago, IL as a Private Equity Analyst after graduation, Sharky reflects on the path that led him to this opportunity.

“I did not come to MSU with a perfect GPA or countless business connections. I am a product of the Broad College and my fellow classmates. I think this goes to show the Broad College will give you anything you need, so you do well and thrive in the business world,” said Sharky.

In his time at Michigan State University, Sharky was heavily involved on campus. He took opportunities to grow and learn outside of the classroom through organizations and clubs. Sharky was the Finance Association president, a member of the Financial Markets Institute Cosper Scholar, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Student Investment Fund, Student Investment Association and Spartan Ski Club.

Sharky encourages future Broad College students to get as involved on campus as possible. “Take every opportunity that comes your way. Do not let fear prevent you from attending that student organization meeting, raising your hand to ask a question or networking with someone you look up to. You will regret not leaving your comfort zone. Be an advocate for yourself,” he said.

Moving onto the next chapter of his post-graduate life, Sharky will continue to carry Michigan State University with him. “I will always remember MSU for the great people I have met and life experiences from meeting Spartans all over the world. Going to MSU brings you into this worldwide network of people who are passionate about the school,” said Sharky. “I cannot tell you the number of cities I have been to where I heard someone yell ‘Go Green!’ when I wore my Spartan gear. I think that is a really special bond we all share for life.”