Upon arriving at the Isenberg School of Management on Accepted Students Day, Dante Pantaleo of Medway, Mass., immediately sensed the kind of place Isenberg is: one where many hardworking students build their reputations upon their own merit. “This was something that was very important to me,” says the 2022 graduate about his decision to attend. “Isenberg is not a school for legacy students, but instead one where you have the incredible opportunity to make your own way based on the connections you make and the hard work that you put in.”
Majoring in finance on the financial analyst track and minoring in economics, Pantaleo completed two internships during his time at Isenberg. As an administrative finance intern at Corporate Growth Resources of Framingham, Mass., he learned a lot about small business operations and what measures can be taken to increase profit. He also interned with the TJX Companies in Worcester, Mass., where he learned to ensure that budgets are being kept, KPIs are being met, and building staffing is in check. Through these experiences, Pantaleo developed an interest in real estate finance and subsequently earned a Certificate in Real Estate at Isenberg. He cites the three real estate classes he took with Professor Jeff Clark as his favorite and most valuable courses. “These classes proved incredibly practical and useful with many real-world applications and opportunities to learn from various industry professionals,” he says.
Pantaleo advises new students to get involved early and try new things. “Making connections with upperclassmen is vital as a freshman, as they can serve as mentors and help guide you through your collegiate experience,” he says. “Do not be afraid to try new things. I never thought I would have joined a business fraternity—I didn't even know they existed until I put myself out there, went to the club fair, and showed up to their recruitment events. Overall, I loved my time at the Isenberg School of Management; if I could do it over again I wouldn't change a thing.”
Pantaleo currently works as a financial analyst at Boston Properties in Boston, Mass.