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Home Without Borders
© 2016 Tamzin B. Smith
Debashish Goenka ’18 - India Deba is finishing his undergraduate degree at Washington College with a second home and a promising future in finance.
Debashish Goenka ’18, referred to as Deba around campus, has made the world his home. Despite the 7,945-mile distance from his birthplace in Mumbai, India, Chestertown has become an equal source of comfort to Goenka. “I have no preference between the two places I live, and I have no idea where I will end up.”
While considering several colleges in the United States, Goenka ultimately chose Washington College with assistance from former vice president of enrollment, Satyajit Dattagupta, who met him in their shared home city. This personal connection cemented Goenka’s decision to settle in Maryland and become a Shoreman.
Outside of the classroom, Goenka is driven by a passion for soccer that spans international borders. An ardent Manchester United fan off the field and a collegiate competitor on the field, Goenka is indisputably devoted to the sport. As a varsity athlete, Goenka has embraced a multi-faceted experience at Washington College, thriving inside and outside of the classroom.
Majoring in economics and minoring in business management, Goenka plans to work in finance following his graduation. “I’ve applied to a lot of jobs that range from investment banking to financial trading…. I’m looking for real experience before I hopefully go on to get my MBA.” While he is unsure of the specificities of his career trajectoryGoenka has built a strong foundation of financial skills through his participation with the Brown Advisory Student- Managed Investment Fund.
Students selected to participate in the program actively invest in a fund that has grown since its inception in June 2008 from $500,000 to $871,000 in real dollars as of October 31, 2017. Managing such a significant portfolio is an unusual responsibility for undergraduate students, and Goenka has taken the opportunity to better launch his career in finance through in-depth fiscal experience and a certification in Bloomberg Market Concepts.
Looking to his promising professional career after four years at Washington College, Goenka has affirmed the strength of international education through his impressive academic career and contributions to the wider college community.
— by Emily Holt ’19
- Resident Assistant
- International Student Ambassador
- Men’s Varsity Soccer Player
- Brown Advisory Fund Student Member