Member of Sigma Alpha Delta since: Fall
Baruch College Graduation Date: Spring 2010
Country of Origin: Tirana-Albania
Date of Bio: Fall 2011
“Look high and aim higher”
Linda Demiraj is the true definition of the American Dream. Linda was born and raised in Tirana, Albania and moved to New York at the young age of 18. She believes hard work is a must to becoming a success, while diversifying your experience to create a well rounded individual. She states, “I would not exchange my experience in New York during these past years with anything else. Here, I learned to live like a New Yorker, love New York and fight to achieve my goals just like any New Yorker … without ever forgetting my roots and where I came from. I love to live a very dynamic life. I studied finance as both an undergraduate and graduate student, but I love to live just as if the world was to end on December 21, 2012. I like to read about finance, world history, unsolved mysteries etc. I work in finance, but I also do not forget to take walks, go clubbing, wine tasting, swimming … in few words, I love to live!”
Linda Demiraj was inducted in the fall semester of 2008 and went on to become a dedicated leader in the semesters following. She states, “My induction at Sigma Alpha Delta marked the beginning of the Renaissance era for me. I have to thank Sigma for the many friends I have made at Baruch and for really allowing me to enjoy my college life so much more. Some of the people who are associated with the best memories I have from Sigma are: Hosni Mubarak, Anisha Arora, Neil Sun, Galina Aynbund, Shaif Uddin, Melissa Lok, etc. When I was part of Sigma, no pyramids existed. We were all equal. We were all leaders who tried to learn from other leaders such as ourselves and I think this is what mainly contributed to the success of our society: One for all, all for one. I held several roles at Sigma. My first role I served for the honor society was the Executive Secretary and then later on I served as the HR Manager. In my last semester at Baruch College, I served the society as the Vice-Chair of the Web & IT committee.”
Linda believes that Sigma Alpha Delta fosters a family environment and runs its organization as not just another club or Honor Society. She goes on to explain, “It is true that I might have chosen to be part of any other society at Baruch College, but the positive vibe that I received at the first Sigma meeting I attended, limited my options to one.” Linda recalls volunteering event as some of her best experiences. It showed the society as an environmental/community conscience organization and it allowed members to create meaningful connections with one another, while aiding those in need. Linda states, “Most students join societies so that they can add value to their resumes. I joined Sigma to make friends. When I graduated, I had not only added value to my resume. I had also made a lot of friends and developed into a leader who was able to think, strategize, implement, monitor and as a result, lead.”
Linda Demiraj graduated from Baruch College in June of 2010, with a Bachelors degree in Finance and Investments, with a minor in French. She is grateful for attending Baruch and would not have changed her decision to attend for any other college. She believes that Baruch College offers a very dynamic experience to each student and it is up to us students to take advantage of the opportunities the college offers. She states, “Some students liked to spend their time complaining about the elevators, others spent their day reading accounting books inside out, others liked to sit by Madison Square Park and enjoy 2 hour long coffee breaks. I liked to prepare for class sessions while at the same time making time to meet with friends for coffee, take a walk by the park, exchange opinions on specific or broad matters with society members or even simply thinking about my current life and finding a way to make it more enjoyable. While at Baruch, I thought it was necessary to learn everything that books and people had to share with me. I made the most out of my time there, and I am very happy I did.” If Linda could change an opportunity she did not utilize in her time at Baruch College, she would have diversified her classes a bit more. She states, “I would try to make more time to take classes to develop my intellectual state, such as classes on World History, Psychology, Foreign Language ( I tried registering for Chinese for 2 consecutive semesters, but was unable to), the Arts and Humanities. Sometimes one Psychology class will teach you more about doing business than 10 business classes.”
In August 2010, Linda embarked in her continuation of higher education and started a Masters program in Amsterdam. She was such a dynamic student, that she won the Netherlands American foundation scholarship. This reward not only gave a little more prestige to the well established brand that is Linda Demiraj, but it also waived her tuition fees of 26,000 Euros.
Linda currently works at ING Investment Management. Her role consists of providing support to the Institutional Sales Team. she focuses on conducting competitive analysis and providing introductory meetings or portfolio updated material such as, but not limited to strategy briefs (ING product briefs and conducting some competitive analysis to lay out our advantages to point out our value added), one pagers (thorough research on corporations, E&Fs, Publics, FoFs etc), focus product investment performance data updates, market commentaries on a periodic schedule, etc. In addition, she participates in Client Calls and builds the follow-up plan for her team. She states, “What makes this role enjoyable is the dynamics of the projects I am involved in. There is no one day that is similar to another. It is also a real pleasure working with a highly experienced and successful sales team. There is so much to learn and all of them are very willing to share, which is very fortunate.” In the years ahead, Linda would like to take a senior role in her company. The only thing that matters to her is that she is happy with her career or anything she is a part of in life. She believes that your career is important and it should make you happy to wake up in the morning to start your day.
Linda reads The Economist to keep her up to date with business and financial news. She also reads the NY Times on a daily basis, where she tends to have a preference for the opinions and books section. She not only reads the popular books that are recommended, she even reads the books that are not too favored, just to see if she would give it a similar review. She likes to see a different perspective on the known or unknown matters of the world, beside that of Business. She enjoys reading and is fascinated by learning something new every day.
Linda is motivated by positive feedback and passion to make the unknown, known. She believes in reality not everything (work or school related projects) is perfect and even if it may look perfect to us, there is always room to make it better. If people have a positive attitude and start to give constructive feedback by first bringing out the positive values of a specific issue, she is deeply inspired to add perfection to a higher level and take upon whatever challenge comes her way to meet goals. Linda has such a successful background and an inspiring story that can make a non-believer, a believer in, do dreams come true? She states that she has two role models in her life. “The first one is my mother and the second one I would like to keep anonymous. Intelligence, ambition, passion to succeed, strength to overcome the most challenging tests, and character to lead defines both these women. What makes them different, is that they always do it with a smile … they never lose that smile. My greatest accomplishment in life is the fact that I have made my parents proud. Nothing else on my resume or in life means more to me than what I just said. A young woman my age has many goals on both a career and family front. I have one: Accomplish the impossible and do it with a smile.”
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