Amanda Adamcheck ’09, Vice President, Legal Derivatives Team at Goldman Sachs
“Merrimack professors peppered business students with questions after presentations. By senior year I was very comfortable presenting and responding to impromptu questions. It is an extremely valuable skill to have, especially in a professional environment. I truly believed that the people at Merrimack cared.”
Amanda Adamcheck knew she wanted to pursue a career in finance, but it was her healthy balance of interests that allowed her to find a career she loved. With a passion for reading and writing, Amanda enrolled in an English minor, where her professor first introduced her to the idea of law school. After taking an opportunity to study abroad in London, Amanda decided to marry both of her goals – to go back to London post-graduation, and to gain experience in the legal field. She returned to London as an intern in the legal department for UBS. This experience opened doors for her at the company’s office in New York, where she realized she wanted a more substantive legal role. Her mentor at UBS then connected her with a contact at Goldman Sachs, where she still remains today.
Amanda is currently a Vice President on the Derivatives Documentation team at Goldman Sachs in New York, where she negotiates trading agreements with her clients. She is also pursuing a law degree at Fordham School of Law.
How did your experience at Merrimack help you as a professional?
Merrimack professors peppered business students with questions after presentations. While it was unnerving at first, by senior year I was very comfortable presenting and responding to impromptu questions. It is an extremely valuable skill to have, especially in a professional environment. It teaches you to be extra prepared.
What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students?
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It may sound cliché but the more you move out of your comfort zone, the more you realize how capable you are.
Why are you Merrimack Proud?
I can’t remember one Merrimack professor or class I didn’t like! I truly believed that the people at Merrimack cared. Also college friends are the best friends – I wouldn’t have changed a thing!