CME Scholar Uriel Reyes Vazquez found a way to help others through finance
Uriel Reyes Vazquez, a junior in finance, has always had a goal of helping people through his career. After discovering the possibilities in finance for helping others, he was sold.
His passion was noticed this year through the CME Group Foundation’s scholars program. The scholarship is a prestigious program open to underrepresented students with a variety of majors in finance and technology. More about this program→
Below, Vazquez reflects on his journey to Loyola and the opportunities he’s found here.
Why did you pick Quinlan?
During my senior year of high school, one of my guidance counselors pointed me toward Loyola. It’s a Jesuit university and he was a firm believer in faith- and service-based education. He also knew of some scholarships that I would be eligible for here that made it accessible. I applied, was accepted, and received those scholarships, and it was the perfect fit.
I actually started out as an education major, I think because I was so grateful for my teachers in high school and I wanted to help people. But as I started those classes I realized it wasn’t the right fit.
I did some soul searching, went to the career center, and took a lot of assessments. It was funny, because my teachers in high school had told me they saw me as more of a business person than a teacher, and then all the assessments from the Career Development Center said the same thing.
I talked with some of my professors here, and they showed me that finance isn’t just about the math but also talking to clients and helping people, which is what I wanted to do. It ended up being a great fit.
What does this scholarship enable you to do?
The Market Education Day we attended at the CME Group, an event at CME Group’s Chicago headquarters for the scholars to hear career panels and network opened my eyes to all the possibilities with finance. It’s a broad major that can do a lot of different things that I didn’t know about before. I have the opportunity to make an impact for others, helping them find security and stability.
CME Group itself has a lot of options and focuses on the individual but is also technical and specialized, which I think is great. It made me excited for the future and the opportunities they have. It was a great experience to be able to engage with CME Group and visit their office.
What sets Quinlan education apart?
Having gone between education and business majors, I think Quinlan has a great sense of community. I’ve found friends in my classes and we meet up to study or hang out. I also like that Quinlan crosses disciplines. I’ve taken marketing classes where the professor discusses where social justice intersects with advertising. I don’t think you’d get that other places.
Loyola and Quinlan want their students to have a well-rounded education with the fundamentals across disciplines. This gives us a solid base to work from.
What’s been your favorite Quinlan experience?
The Quinlan Ramble to Boston, for sure. I met lots of interesting people, including my roommate, on the trip. There were such diverse experience and companies, and it made me want to stay in business. I would love to do it again – I’m definitely going to apply for this year, too.
Describe Quinlan in 10 words.
Engaging, fun, exciting, potential, involved, interconnected, hectic, and worthwhile.