Victor Alves

Class Year: 

2015
Hometown: Brasília, Brazil

School: 

Blind Brook High School

Language: 

Spanish

Finding Balance

There are times when something simply feels right, and for Victor, the Huntsman Program had this feeling from the beginning. Victor, then living in the suburbs of New York City, was deciding between applying to the Wharton School of Business and other Ivy League universities. At the time, Victor was unfamiliar with the Huntsman Program; he actually learned about it two weeks prior to the early decision application deadline. But when he did find out about the Program and its emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, he quickly learned it was the place for him. Victor had always looked for a balanced business and liberal arts education, but more importantly, he sought an undergraduate experience where academics and non-academic activities combined to foster a well-rounded individual.

Building a Community

Victor is originally from Brasília, Brazil. Upon finishing sixth grade in 2006, he moved with his family to the picturesque suburban town of Rye Brook, New York. At Blind Brook High School, he participated in a variety of clubs and was a varsity soccer player and track and field runner.

Victor is interested in finance and Latin America, and wishes to one day combine those two interests in his career. As a senior in high school, he interned at a broker-dealer in Manhattan and visited a few Wall Street firms. Victor believed that in Wharton he would acquire the unique and diversified skill sets necessary to succeed in today’s business world. Victor pursued his passions at Penn both through his coursework (his target language was Spanish) and through participation in extracurricular opportunities, as he was a board member of the Wharton Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board and senior vice-president of the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club. These organizations allowed him to effect change in students’ lives, both in the academic and pre-professional spheres.

Victor considers the Huntsman Program to have been an essential piece of his experience at Penn. He enjoyed living his freshman year with Huntsman students at Kings Court, where mixing languages, cultures, and interests became a daily recipe. Empowered by the Huntsman Program’s support of all-things international, Victor interned for eight weeks at an NGO in Mexico City and then topped off the summer with another internship, now at a retail bank in Miami. 

Over his following years, Victor made sure to stay in contact with the Huntsman Program. Victor roomed sophomore year with three other Huntsmanites and kept in touch with Huntsman students of all years by visiting the Huntsman Lounge multiple times a day between classes. Over his junior fall semester, Victor studied abroad in Madrid, Spain alongside other Huntsman Spanish-targets and other Wharton students. Throughout his junior and senior years, Victor and his roommates also organized multiple Huntsman get-togethers. Up until graduation (and no doubt afterwards), the Huntsman community continued to resonate strongly within Victor. 

Next Steps

Victor was a summer analyst at a major investment bank both his sophomore and junior summers, and will be returning to the position as a full-time analyst upon graduation. Victor is looking forward to living in New York City, where he hopes to stay in touch with the broader Penn community. He plans to work in finance and hopes to travel and live around the world, possibly returning to Latin America in the future.