Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013
Prior to graduating this past May, Ali Sana '13 was awarded the Blair Curries Prize in Economics. The prize is bestowed upon the student with the highest grade point average in economics from among the Hobart College senior class. Sana was also inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society.
"I came to Hobart and loved the small class size, the feeling I got when professors would know my name on the second day and the helpfulness of the faculty when they would meet with me to answer any questions I had, day or evening," says Sana.
He also took advantage of the HWS network, gaining an internship with AXA Advisors in New York City in his sophomore year through the connection with Daniel Riso '09. That same summer, he also worked with StormHarbour Security in the sales and trading and capital markets group. Between his junior and senior years, he interned with Markit, also in New York City, in the evaluated bonds group, specifically the municipal bonds group. Markit COO is HWS Trustee Calvin R. "Chip" Carver Jr. '81.
"The connections HWS provided both on and off campus have helped me achieve in the discipline of economics," says Sana. "I also loved the liberal arts curriculum and the diverse range of topics I could pursue in addition to economics."
Among the courses he found most interesting were those in architecture, philosophy, religious studies and policy. Sana has a strong interest in entrepreneurship, and feels diverse studies such as these will help him if he chooses to pursue an entrepreneurial career.
In the meantime, he is working on gaining experience in the financial industry and is considering earning an MBA in the future.
Sana, who graduated cum laude, majored in economics and quantitative business analytics (an individual major) and minored in public policy (with a concentration in foreign policy). While a student, he was a member of the investment club and international student association.
Sana, who has been painting since he was a toddler, also created "Peace Brushes" while in high school. The student-led organization at Roots College International creates posters and art pieces to educate about the impact of terrorism in Pakistan and raise money for innocent families victimized by it. He expanded the initiative by bringing it to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and since then, the organization has grown to include 100 members globally and has raised $15,000.