Kejsi Shkreta '18 (BS, Business Management; Valedictorian); Legal Recruiter
Kejsi Shkreta's Valedictorian honors at St. 弗朗西斯大学's Winter 2018 Commencement was just one indication of the success in store for the high-achieving Business Management major.
毕业后, Kejsi forged an enviable career in legal recruiting, eventually landing at one of the nation's premier law firms located in midtown Manhattan. 她负责寻找, screening and hiring some of the top legal talent in the United States.
Kejsi recently reflected on her years at St. 弗朗西斯大学 and the professional life she pursued after.
Where did you grow up and attend high school?
I grew up in Albania and went to a private high school that was named after a very famous Albanian poet called Migjeni. In my third year in high school I obtained a scholarship to go to school in New York.
I had a few scholarships from prestigious universities in Massachusetts but I wanted to go to school in New York, 摩天大楼附近, to be immersed in a cultural melting pot but also to be part of something that respected tradition and carried an air of respect.
在我寻找的过程中，我找到了圣. 弗朗西斯. I visited one day for open house and I was mesmerized by the warm welcome of the staff and the exciting things I heard about certain academic programs, numerous clubs and the Resident Advisor (RA) Program. Not to mention I had a full scholarship and later earned an RA role at the St. 乔治住所. Through this opportunity I was living in the heart of Brooklyn Heights near the beautiful Promenade.
What specific class or professor was instrumental to your success at St. 弗朗西斯?
There were a few wonderful people that require a special thanks. 特别是博士. Peter Gomori who was an SFC finance professor for more than 35年 [and is currently Professor Emeritus at the College]. I enjoyed the ideas and experience he shared through our lessons in business and finance over the years. He is a wonderful teacher and an inspiration to future entrepreneurs.
I also hold dear in my memories my public speaking professor, Dr. Augusta Palmer [Associate Professor, Communications Arts], and statistics professor. Dr. Esther Klein [Associate Professor, Management & Information Technology], from whom I learned to have an even stronger work ethic.
还有谁在圣. 弗朗西斯 family had an impact on your collegiate career?
大一的时候, I found out about the Gene and Ginna Donnelly scholarship which was an addition to my academic scholarship. This wasn't just a full scholarship that gave me peace and certainty that I wouldn't start my career with college debt. Gene and Ginna Donnelly became a second family to spend time with during holidays and offered wisdom and guidance throughout the years.
How did 弗朗西斯can values factor into your success at St. 弗朗西斯和你的事业?
The 弗朗西斯can mission is to commit to academic excellence, 精神和道德价值, social responsibility and life-long learning. 我在圣. 弗朗西斯 I embraced that mission and remained determined and diligent. 我以4分的成绩毕业.0 GPA, be part of many clubs and had the responsibility to help my peers as an RA for 3.5年.
I also continue to embody these principles at my current job in one of the top law firms in the country. My firm is committed to providing exceptional legal work and client service, 最高的道德标准, 合作与专业成长, 多样性和社会责任.
You work as an attorney recruiter at a major law firm in midtown Manhattan. 圣是怎么. 弗朗西斯，帮你开创事业吧?
通过hy590海洋之神 Career Center I was able to get very good internships which helped build a good resume and a variety of skills learned during these experiences. This and becoming Valedictorian contributed to my success at working for a respected law firm.
My current job is as a recruiter of attorneys and potential attorneys. Some of them come straight out of law school or from other firms. My focus in this role centers around overseeing the resources used when undergoing this process. Luckily, my firm currently resides in Times Square which makes for a very pleasant commute.
What advice do you have for current SFC students considering getting into your line of work?
Along with a driven desire to succeed, I hope all of you will use the opportunities at St. 弗朗西斯大学 to push your education further and reach your greater ambitions. There are ample opportunities for extracurricular activities too. Join and lead many different clubs and groups and keep yourself busy with work outside. 参加实习和志愿者项目. And continue relationships with people who have helped you. 找到你的动力，继续前进. 不安分，继续忙碌!