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Meet Nathan Baker

Meet Nathan Baker

Figuring out what you want to do in life and then actually going for it takes courage. It requires stepping out of your comfort zone, taking risks, and believing in yourself. Nathan Baker, a graduate from Fairmont, West Virginia, embodies this spirit of determination and fearlessness as he graduated with a dual-degree in accounting and finance.

From an early age, Baker knew he wanted to work in the business field. He felt a strong connection to West Virginia, his home, but also had a desire to explore the world around him. Through his travels, he realized the impact of being a WVU alumnus and the opportunities it could bring. This realization sparked his ambition to re-enroll at West Virginia University and pursue his dream.

One of the factors that attracted Baker to WVU was the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) program offered by the Chambers College. This program provides students with valuable tools and resources to succeed in the finance industry. Baker acknowledges the contributions of WVU alumni who have helped build this exceptional program. He expresses his gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of it and believes that it has prepared him well for his future career in finance.

For Baker, obtaining his degree is not the end goal but rather the beginning of a new chapter in his life. As a non-traditional student, he acknowledges the challenges and doubts that can arise when deciding to pursue higher education later in life. However, Baker firmly believes that anything is possible if you are willing to chase your dreams relentlessly. He emphasizes the transformative power of education and how having a degree can turn seemingly distant goals into tangible realities, even for a small-town kid from West Virginia.

Baker has secured a job as a Derivatives Analyst at the Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA. While he is excited about this new opportunity, he acknowledges that what he will miss the most are the people he has encountered throughout his journey. There is something unique about Mountaineers, their resilience, their love for life, and above all, their kindness. Baker cherishes the friendships he has made at WVU and acknowledges the impact they have had on his personal and academic growth.

Baker's story is a testament to the power of courage, determination, and the pursuit of one's dreams. It serves as an inspiration for others who may be contemplating a similar path, encouraging them to believe in themselves, take risks, and never give up. Whether you are a traditional or non-traditional student, it is never too late to follow your passion and create a brighter future for yourself. 

As Baker has shown, with the right mindset and a willingness to take that first step, anything is possible.

CT 05/11/23

CONTACT: Shelby Hudnall 
Marketing Strategist
WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics, Strategic Communications 

Chambers College