Eliana Estrada Vera, Master of Science in Finance ’17, has always had a strong work ethic. In grade school her classmates waited for their parents to help them with their homework, but she would finish hers before her mom got home from work.
“I like to study and do the best I can,” she said.
Originally from Medellín, Colombia, Eliana earned a specialized masters degree in finance and capital markets from Universidad de Medellín. She had a job and a comfortable life in Colombia, but she forced herself out of her comfort zone and challenged herself to become a business leader in another country. She wanted to study in Atlanta because of its connection to business, culture, and international airport.
“I felt like my studies weren’t complete until I did something abroad,” she said.
Since enrolling in Robinson’s Master of Science in Finance program a year ago, Eliana has thrived. Classes at Robinson have expanded her knowledge in corporate finance, accounting, treasury, and analytics. Eliana applies what she learns in class through a number of activities. She is a participant in this year’s Panthers on Wall Street trip, works as a graduate research assistant, serves as treasurer for Atlanta’s chapter of Prospanica, and has an internship at Georgia Pacific. Her hard work and commitment has resulted in Georgia Pacific offering her a full time position.
Eliana said, “Dreams come true. You can achieve everything you want to achieve if you work hard and put love into what you are doing.”