Ravi Gill

Member of Sigma Alpha Delta Since: Fall 2005 – Spring 2007

Baruch College Date of Graduation: May 2007

Major: BBA in Finance & MS in Accounting

As a teenager, Ravi enjoyed helping his father manage the tasks involved with managing a small business. Through these years of experience and his ease in understanding numerical functions, he developed a passion for business management. Upon his acceptance to the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch, he promptly began working on completing all his required courses to the best of his ability. While in class, he made sure to waste no time in searching for work experience in the field. He held several internships at small firms, and his hard work paid off when a prestigious company named KPMG offered him employment.  At this point, Ravi’s days were filled with school and work, but he felt still felt incomplete. He decided to take a more active role within the school, and began to search for a club where he could make a difference.

Ravi knew that he didn’t want to be part of a club “that was just another brick in the wall;” his purpose was to become part of something that would fill the void in his life as a college student and allow him to make a positive difference on the student body. What stood out to him the most was Sigma Alpha Delta.

Ravi kept this in mind until the fall of 2005, when he joined Sigma’s Alumni Relations Committee. He quickly recognized that this society was not functioning at its full potential. Because membership was based on a fee and not on volunteering, many students joined Sigma just to enhance their resume with an extracurricular activity to claim membership to. Ravi set an agenda of possible changes to enact that would benefit the Alumni Relations Committee, and ran for the chair in spring of 2006.  After obtaining this position, he quickly got to work implementing changes that he had in mind.

Ravi strongly believed that the membership fee within Sigma should be removed, and in place of that fee, members would be expected to meet certain criteria including GPA thresholds, volunteer requirements, and greater individual committee obligations. With his new ideas, Ravi brought about one of Sigma’s major turning points—it was not just any other club, but a society of members who pledged to contribute effort to make Sigma grow into something bigger and better than it was before.

In the fall of 2006, Ravi was elected president of Sigma Alpha Delta. Throughout this semester, he worked on getting Sigma to cosponsor events going on around the school, as well as marketing the society’s goals and mission by setting up a table on the second floor of the Vertical Campus, recruiting dedicated and motivated individuals. While serving as president, he set up several of the organization’s most prominent events and programs such as the Oxford Debate, Business Etiquette Workshop, New Candidates Dinner, and Canned Food Drive. This semester also saw the introduction of the Volunteering Committee, during which they were able to get three to five activities for members to participate in. Today, this committee has grown to play a very large role within Sigma, providing more than ten times the number of activities for members to take part in.

To this day, Ravi gives credit to Sigma for helping him obtain several of his valued qualities he holds. From sigma, he learned the importance of time management, hard work, leadership skills, and full commitment—skills that would last a lifetime. As a member of Sigma, Ravi quickly learned the feeling that would most fill his body with happiness was being able to do something for others instead of only concerning himself with a selfish future. Through Sigma, he learned the importance of speaking out and voicing his opinions. Working with other Sigma leaders, he was able to put his ideas into reality. Ravi shared the fact that at one point he was so overwhelmed by all the tasks he wanted to make sure got completed that he temporarily quit his job so as not to jeopardize his final goals in Sigma. He also shared the overwhelming feeling of joy he felt being able to motivate Chris Garner, the former chair of the Volunteer Committee, to run for president, as well as Daniel Lameza to run for chair of the Alumni Relations Committee—memories that stick with him to this day. Ravi credits the leaders and members of Sigma for its ability to continuously grow into a society of students that are led by a similar passion and are willing to put forth time and effort towards achieving their dreams.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude with both a BBA in Finance and a MS in Accounting completed in just four years, he continued his work with KPMG and is now a senior associate involved in transaction and reconstruction advisory. Even though he is no longer in school, Ravi strongly believes that the acquisition of knowledge is a never ending cycle, as long as there is something new at hand and the individual is willing to learn it. Ravi says that at his current job, he isn’t entirely sure whether or not this is the job he wants to make into his career. He is currently studying in preparation to take his CFA, and has already passed his CPA, as well as relearning Spanish for himself. Ravi made it clear that one of the most important things to remember is that nobody graduates college with the full understanding of what they want to do for the rest of their life. College is a place to acquire as much knowledge on a topic of interest, and with that degree one is then able to enter the work field and try different things until he or she finds what they like the most.

After a four year graduation, Ravi wishes he had not rushed through all his coursework to allot time for travelling abroad and participating in other social activities that his peers had the opportunity to take part in. He continues to participate in the junior achievement volunteer activity sponsored by Sigma, as well as tutoring college students in accounting. As an alumni of Baruch, he advises current students to treasure their time in college and make sure that they are making the most of their time before graduating. He asks us to remember that all of the hard work put in will sooner or later pay off, if not today then tomorrow.