My name is Madhuparna Kolay and I am an Assistant Professor at the Pamplin School of Business. I started with Mechanical Engineering, but realized after completing my undergraduate degree that the area didn’t interest me enough to spend a lifetime working in it. After spending some time looking around, I sat through a university-level grad Corporate Finance class and I have never looked back since!
I liked it so much that not only did I want to learn/practice it, I wanted others to learn it as well! The focus of my research is in the area of corporate finance and my special area of interest within that is in capital structure, financial distress and corporate bankruptcy.
I am a member of the Financial Management Association (FMA) and American Finance Association. These are two wonderful places to meet other academics, professionals and students in the field. It is good practice to read and join meetups in your field to keep up with changes, different practices, and meet people who can help you grow and mentor you into the position you want.
On the personal side, I like to cook, read fiction and travel. Most of all, I love to spend my spare time with my family.
The advice I would leave you with is, perceive the bigger picture when thinking about concepts but be detail oriented when executing! Be energetic and proactive towards your academic and future professional success. You have only 4 years at the University, so make the most of resources offered! I would tell my twenty-year-old self to try hard at everything but not obsess over the outcome. Only the effort is in our hands and the rest is not. But in the end, most things will fall into place, so be patient!