Michael's Story

#MyYUstory


Even though I grew up in Manhattan, I didn’t know much about YU before I started. I attended Ohavei Torah, a small “black hat” yeshiva high school in Riverdale.  My friends were looking at online university programs or considering skipping college altogether, but I knew that wasn’t my path. I realized I needed a university education, but that it had to have Torah learning as well. Looking back on it, I can’t believe I considered anywhere else. 

YU wasn’t just the best place for me, it was the ONLY place for me. It’s a unique school and truly the best of both worlds. My day started at 8:30am with davening and Torah learning and didn’t end until after 1am. I was very active in campus life as president of multiple clubs, including the Finance Club, the Investment Club and Investment Banking Society. In my Sophomore year, I wrote for The Commentator, as well. And though I had never played volleyball before coming to YU, I ended up playing for, and serving as captain of YU’s NCAA team. 

I had great chevrutot and enjoyed learning from Rav Mayer Twersky, who is fantastic. I’ve gained so much Torah knowledge at YU, and it has made me into who I am today.

The alumni network was instrumental in helping me get my foot in the door at Morgan Stanley, where I am now working as an investment banker, as well as connecting me with the internships that prepared me for the position. I’m so grateful to YU for where I am now and for such an incredible college and Torah experience.