Hello everyone! My name is Dan Paulos, and I’m currently a junior studying in the Carroll School of Management concentrating in Finance and Information Systems. I was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and I grew up spending most of my time on Broadway. My father worked on many shows as a stagehand, performing the set and scenery changes for productions such as the Wedding Singer, the Rocky Horror Show, Beauty and the Beast, and concerts. My father constantly brought me to work, and I got to meet so many famous people in my lifetime, including Adam Levine, Fergie, and Hillary Clinton. My father gave Hillary Clinton a backstage tour of the Radio City Christmas Show, and of course asked if she could take a photo with me. Please enjoy this photo of Hillary Clinton and young Dan!
Through my childhood, I spent a lot of time in New York City, and I love to explore cities and traveling. I also developed my passion for music and theater through my Father. I play the guitar, bass guitar, french horn, and a bit of tuba as well. I also enjoy singing! I’m part of the Boston College Acoustics, an A Capella group on campus, and I will be sure to update you guys on when my shows are. If you are interested in listening, check out my latest performance of Death of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco through the YouTube link below:
I’m also a passionate sports fanatic! I played soccer, baseball, and basketball growing up, and I still enjoy playing these sports with my friends to this day. I am a crazy superfan of our Boston College Eagles, as you can tell with this photo of @jacobfpalecki and I when we stormed the field after defeating FSU! You can catch me at all BC games with this beautiful red wig, and maybe a mustache for an extra important game!
I support the New York Mets and the Minnesota Vikings with a bunch of energy. I cried last night as Stefon Diggs brought us to the NFC Championship. #RollVikes #CaseKeenumIsElite #DefenseWinsChampionships
At BC, I am involved in many different clubs and organizations! My biggest commitment is my A Capella group, the Acoustics. Other than that, I am a coordinator in the International Assistant Program. I know this program is not well known to BC students, but it has truly changed my life. Assistants, selected after a long application and interview process, volunteer their time to help exchange students and freshman international students adjust to their lives at BC. I also am a coordinator, and lead a group of 7 other assistants. I am tasked with organizing events to foster a community for these students. For example, we went kayaking on the Charles River and saw amazing views of the skyline together! Enjoy this picture of me and my student from Morocco and France, Amine!
I take my commitment to this program to a new level. At the end of the day, you get back how much effort you put into the organization. So, I decided to invite my students home to New York for Thanksgiving Break. We explored New York together, and for some of them, it was their first time seeing Manhattan! They got a chance to meet my family and friends, see a Broadway show, and experience an American Thanksgiving Dinner. Here’s a picture of all of us together with my uncle, who works for Merrill Lynch:
I’m also involved with the Student Admission Program, Music Guild, and BC Splash! Splash is a volunteer teaching club, and I love education! I teach a class I created, Introduction to Business and Business Philosophy. The class is designed for high school students who want to study business but don’t know exactly what they are interested in. It goes through the differences between accounting, finance, operations, and more, and at the end I do some philosophy topics that were covered in Portico! I’ve gotten awesome feedback for the class, and this club gives me a great opportunity to develop my teaching skills for later in life!
I cannot wait to begin my TechTrek journey with all of you. TechTrek will help me immensely to figure out if working for a tech company is the right path for me. I do love the material I study in my finance classes, but I am really unsure if a career working for a big financial services company is what I want. As I was attending networking events with companies like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs throughout this past semester, I wasn’t convinced that I fit in with their vibe, or the current employees’ personalities. The more and more I study technology companies and their corporate culture, the more and more I think that I would thrive in this kind of high-energy, optimistic, determined environment. I am currently interviewing with Amazon and Google, and I hope to land an internship with one of these firms on the West Coast for this summer!
I am also unbelievably excited to be taking TechTrek because in the long-term, I want to be a professor later in life. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to take a class that truly brings the material to life outside of the classroom! I think this opportunity will teach me a lot about class structure as well, and I hope to one day be able to teach a class like this for college business students!
That’s all for now. Be sure to check out my post about the Everything Store coming soon! #BCSTT