An Argentinian native, Maria Foa Torres craved the opportunity to play golf while pursuing a degree, something that was not possible in her home country. During a summer vacation in Miami, Maria took the opportunity to visit the Barry University campus alongside her family. After meeting with the women’s golf coach and taking a tour of the campus, she knew that Barry is where she belonged. Add to that Miami’s year-round optimal weather (perfect for practicing golf) and her family’s seal of approval, and Maria was well on her way to making her dreams a reality.
In addition to golf, Maria is extremely passionate about her studies. In fact, one of the things she liked most during her visit was the small campus atmosphere, knowing it would mean more personal interactions with peers and professors. She recently completed her major in finance and is now pursuing another in international business. She enjoys the flexibility that these two majors provide, and says there are plenty of global career opportunities available to her once she graduates. She credits her Fundamentals of Security Analysis class as one of her favorites, saying she was constantly challenged to learn more, conduct research, and develop her analytical skills. Plus, as a member of the university’s Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), she was given the opportunity to apply the skills she had learned inside the classroom. Acting as an analyst with a select group of students, Maria ran valuation models, completed industry analyses, and developed her presentation skills through the organization’s weekly meetings.