Stephan Granitz has come a long way since his graduation from the Department of Business Administration at York College in 2007. Not only did he graduate in 2009 from Brandeis University International Business School in Waltham, Mass., with a master’s degree in international economics and finance, he began training to become an intelligence analyst in the United States Army. He will complete that training in 2011, which includes a Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) course at the Defense Language Institute. (MSA is the form of the Arabic language that is spoken throughout the Middle East.)
As an intelligence analyst, he will be responsible for supervising, coordinating and participating in the analysis, processing and distribution of strategic and tactical intelligence.
“I am most proud of being able to serve my country and give back to the communities that have given me numerous opportunities,” said Granitz.
David Greisler and Mary and Chris Meisenhelter were among the many resources at York College that gave him opportunities and helped shaped his future.
“YCP gave me the foundation I needed to excel in graduate school,” he said. “My time with SIFE and working with my professors truly pushed my desire to travel and work in international economic development,” he said.
He offered some advice to students who are thinking about a career in finance or economics.
“Work hard, study hard, but also remember to enjoy your life and take chances to go after your true passion,” he said. “Never settle for less than what you deserve.”
He also wanted to remind students to volunteer and work for student organizations.
“The connections you make and the experiences you gain are priceless,” he added.
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