Business College grad gains experiential learning abroad, at home — even in his residence hall.
|When Dominic came to UC, he had two years of college courses under his belt already.|
|UC's winning case team of Danna Baida, Koustav Dasgupta, Dominic Varacalli and team advisor Alex Lopes (left to right). (Submitted photo)|
“Dominic is an extraordinary student, mature and professional beyond his years,” says Lopes. “I first met him during his junior year, when he was taking my Web development course.”Lopes motivated Dominic to try out for the case competition. Dominic became one of three students representing UC in the regional case competition in November 2009 hosted by Oakland University and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
During Dominic’s second year, Lopes encouraged him to apply to the MS-IS program.
“This nudge was all I needed to take my GMAT and apply,” says Dominic. “I was accepted to the MS-IS program over this past summer and I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree in information systems while simultaneously starting my masters program in information systems.”
“During our interaction, it was easy to see that he has enormous potential and I invited him to apply to the MS-IS,” Lopes says. “He joined the program in fall 2009 and, because of his business background, he will be graduating from the MS-IS in December 2010.”
Dominic knew he would be able to hone his entrepreneurial skills at UC.
“In the graduate program, Dominic assumed a variety of roles as a teaching assistant and performed exemplary in these tasks and in all his classes,” Lopes says. “After his first 45 days in the program, Dominic had already accepted an offer to join Citibank full time in June 2010 as part of their Technology Leadership Program. It is quite amazing to see someone so young accomplish so much, but we always knew we had someone special in Dominic.”
“I will finish all of my course work in June 2010 and then I will co-op with Citi for two quarters,” Dominic says. “Citibank’s full-time offer will count toward my co-op with the Master’s Program. I graduate in December 2010.”
With Dominic’s worldly outlook, Citi is a good fit.
“Citi is the largest bank with a huge global network, which is a big strength with the world’s economy moving global. I’m a natural problem-solver and am excited for the challenge,” he says. “Citi is committed to leveraging their global network and a large part of that integration involves their IT, which is what I look forward to.”
Dominic would encourage other students to choose a career that they would look forward to doing, to follow their passion.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in 2009, Dominic will complete his master's of science in information systems by 2010.
“Consider the thing you enjoy doing and investigate a major that will help you sharpen those skills,” he says. "If there is something you love doing enough that you will do it for free, that is where your passion lies. You will enjoy your education and your future job when you tap into that.”
Dominic’s commitment and passion go beyond his academic life. Throughout his years at UC he has also been committed to the community by volunteering many hours mentoring students at Crossroads Church.
“Get involved in the community,” he encourages incoming students. “I am humbled by all the blessings I have received through my experiences at UC.