Hello, my name is Arvind Parthasarathy, and I am a junior at Duke University.
I am originally from Rochester, New York, but spent 6 years living in San Diego, California, before moving to Allentown, Pennsylvania before high school. For most of my life, I’ve always felt that I wanted to go into medicine, as many people in my family are doctors. By junior year of high school, I decided to try to explore business fields as well by entering in business competitions and taking economics courses. I ended up enjoying my classes/experiences and decided that I wanted to pursue economics in college, while potentially running my own medical practice in the future. Duke was the best fit for me, where I’d be able to get a great economics background while being part of a vibrant student body with a love of Duke Basketball.
I am majoring in Economics with a Finance Concentration, along with a minor in Mathematics and the I&E Certificate. This gives me a quantitative approach to business, while allowing me to continue developing entrepreneurial skills. Through my time at Duke, I’ve been thinking about integrating my economics/I&E background with healthcare by pursuing healthcare investment banking. My coursework in I&E has been key for me as I reflect on my goals. Through my technology commercialization course, I’ve been able to perform case studies on a wide variety of companies and provide suggestions to improve their financial position. This course helped me to start thinking about career paths that combined both my interests in healthcare and business, and my other coursework in the program helped to solidify my goals.
As of now, I have not worked on my own start-up, but I spent my freshman summer as a business data analyst at Dun & Bradstreet and my sophomore summer as a corporate finance analyst at Thermo Fisher Scientific. In both experiences, I’ve been able to learn how each company fundamentally operates and improve on existing processes. I will be doing a healthcare investment banking internship with Perella Weinberg Partners next summer, which I hope to convert to a full-time offer.
Outside of classes, I love to play tennis. I played tennis for all four years of high school and try to play as often as I can at Duke. I also play the saxophone in the Duke Marching & Pep Band and hold a second degree black belt in Taekwondo.
Overall, I know I want to make an impact on the healthcare industry and help people live their best lives. Growing up, I thought the best way to do so was to be a doctor and care for patients directly. Through my experiences at Duke, I’ve learned about many other ways to do so, such as advising healthcare companies with their financial needs through healthcare investment banking. Wherever my career path takes me, I’m hoping to make a positive impact on the care we all receive.