Mentoring program bearing the fruits

Philip Kapranov 2nd from top right and Bryan Herbert, 2nd form right seating playing with the Hamilton Marist's in New Zealand.

Philip Kapranov 2nd from top right and Bryan Herbert, 2nd form right seating playing with the Hamilton Marist's in New Zealand.

A story of a sophomore students summer activities

This summer I had the opportunity to play rugby in New Zealand and intern with the investment firm Stem Financial, whose portfolio companies are located in Southeast Asia. I never believed that I would get this opportunity through the rugby program here at Yale University. I specifically worked on-site at Tanay Rural Bank, which provides loans to consumers and businesses in an economy where the big banks have conservative lending practices. During my time at TRB I was getting mentored and working one-on-one with a current Stem analyst who is based in the Philippines. My job was primarily to run analysis on the data relating to loan products, output, employees, and other significant variables. We would then summarize our results in order to shed light on current inefficiencies in the system or try to understand why certain trends were present. Overall, it was very interesting work because I was allowed to look into the small details of operations and be part of a team whose work was being used to iron out the kinks in order to make the bank a key player in the local economy. Although I was in Manila for work, I had the weekends off and this allowed me to see the natural beauty the Philippines boasts. My weekend trips included hiking in the mountainous region of Rizal, exploring the down to earth beach town of La Union, and taking a ferry to see the white sands of Puerto Galera beach.  For me this was a summer of many firsts, I lived and worked on my own for the first time. I would have to say that this opportunity was not only rewarding with regards to the working experience I gained, but also to my own personal development and growth that I would not have experienced if I hadn’t chosen to take this big step. 

I would like to take this opportunity in thanking the FYR alumni board, particularly the Chairman, Philip Lynch and the director of Rugby Greg McWilliams. There are some things in life you can’t measure. You may not see this result on a Saturday afternoon, but this is a massive win for a program on the rise.

Philip Kapranov 2018