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Student Spotlight: Alison Tingle

Alison Tingle
Alison Tingle

My name is Alison Tingle and I am an M.B.A. student in the Perdue School of Business. I was born and raised on the Eastern Shore about 20 miles north of Salisbury in the small town of Laurel, DE. My love for the Eastern Shore area, the close proximity to my family and friends, and Salisbury University’s excellent reputation made choosing SU over my other undergraduate and graduate school college options an easy decision. Once I started attending SU, I quickly realized the numerous opportunities that Salisbury University and the Perdue School of Business had to offer me as a student.

Being a particularly driven person, I have always set goals and made a clear plan to achieve those goals. Early on in high school, I found a love for business, and somewhere along the road, I decided to focus on a career in financial advising. I also had the ambition to finish my undergraduate degree quickly for economic reasons as well as to get a master’s degree soon after finishing my undergraduate degree. Salisbury University turned out to be the perfect fit for me because the school offered me the opportunity to achieve all three of those goals. After being accepted into the Perdue School, I was privileged with the opportunity to participate in the ABLE internship program as an intern with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. I also was granted the opportunity to become a student manager for the Perdue School Student Investment Fund during the Finance Practicum Class and to become a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi and FMA. After three years at SU, I graduated summa cum laude and received the award as the most outstanding senior in finance. Following graduation, I was fortunately admitted into Salisbury’s accelerated M.B.A. program, and I quickly accepted the offer because I knew that SU was going to give me the best education and future career opportunities.

After being accepted into the program, I was offered a graduate research assistantship with BEACON (Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network) at Salisbury University. So far, my experience working at BEACON has been rewarding, and I have been able to work on a wide variety of different consulting projects and BEACON initiatives. I am really looking forward to continuing my assistantship and gaining more experiential knowledge. Currently, I am two semesters into the one-year M.B.A. program. I like that the program offers a variety of classes while still making it possible to complete my master’s degree in one year. Thus far, I have found that the M.B.A. program is challenging, but I know that it will be rewarding when I walk across that graduation stage in May!

Upon graduation, I plan to become a financial advisor in the area. Recently, I started the application and interview process with Edward Jones Investments to participate in their Financial Advisor Career Development Program in St. Louis, MO.

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