Matthew Peacock immediately noticed the world of opportunity available at Rutgers–New Brunswick.
In a college experience that included intramural championships, a national award, rigorous studies, and a "tower jump," the Rutgers Business School finance major kept busy from his first moments on campus.
"The campus really allows you to define yourself and create your own story of what Rutgers is to you," said Peacock, who will begin his professional career as an operations analyst at Goldman Sachs upon graduation. "It could be joining a fraternity, it could be joining a lot of different clubs, it could be student government. Rutgers really provides a lot of unique opportunities that a lot of other schools don’t."
Peacock quickly found ways to get involved. He worked with the Little Investment Bank of Rutgers (LIBOR), a student-run finance organization, before becoming the scholarship chairman at Theta Chi fraternity. He helped his fraternity earn the Howard R. Alter Award, the highest national honor attainable among Theta Chi chapters.
Peacock also landed a coveted summer internship with Goldman Sachs, ultimately earning a full-time job offer from the investment bank. He credits the Rutgers Business School faculty and University Career Services for the opportunity.
Amid all the hard work the Williamstown, New Jersey, native still found plenty of time to play. His recreation accolades included back-to-back intramural soccer championships and a "tower jump" – a leap from the 10-meter high diving platform at the Werblin Recreation Center.
"That was crazy," Peacock recalled of the leap. "I did that with a bunch of my friends which was a lot of fun."
Peacock hopes to join the equity syndicate execution team at Goldman Sachs, the unit that helps facilitate initial public offerings for companies going public for the first time.
When he arrives in New York City for his first day on the job, he’ll carry with him the same attitude he brought his first day on campus.
"You’ve got to be a grinder," Peacock said. "I think employers recognize a little bit of a different breed in Rutgers. We’re hard-working students and people that will work hard once they get in there on the job. It’s all out there, you’ve got to search for it and you’ve got to take the time to align everything to make it happen."