Two Degrees in Four Years: Joe Shashaty'17 M'18
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Two Degrees in Four Years: Joe Shashaty'17 M'18

Joe’s hometown: New York, NY

  • BSBA Major: Insurance and Finance
  • MBA Concentration: Business Analytics

Joe Shashaty’17’ M’18 has the drive to excel on and off the field. He's a second baseman for the Hartford Hawks Men’s Division I Baseball team, has been a member of the American East Honor roll, and is completing his BSBA and MBA in four years. Here’s a peek into why Joe chose an acclerated degree path:

Why did you choose to complete your bachelor's and master's in four years?

My motivation to complete both degrees in four years was two-fold:

(1): The yearning for differentiation and to compete with robots! The dynamic world graduates enter into is a hyper-sensitive, globally-competitive landscape; the entry level job market, in the words of W. Chan Kim,  behaves as the most "Red Ocean" environment – meaning it is more challenging today than ever before to differentiate one’s self from that of relative peers. The completion of two degrees during a normal, four-year collegiate tenure, gives candidates a centralized personal brand worthy of employers' attention. Lastly, graduates today cannot even begin to imagine what the world will look like in even the next ten years; a college degree does not guarantee anything in the skills/ on-demand 21st economy. 

(2): In the timeless Intelligent Investor, the book’s preface spoke of men who plant trees that other men (and women!) will sit under. I’m motivated by the thought of legacy; the notion of leaving things better than they were when you arrived is central to my decision-making processes. In this analogy, the ‘3+1 Program” is the tree planted for all other students in the years to come to sit under; the Program offers a synergistic win for both the Barney School, the University, and potential incoming students.

How do you stay motivated as a Division I athlete and dedicated student?

My motivation stems from both two fundamentally human emotions: fear and desire. Fear, relative to the growing intersection of artificial intelligence, the need for self-reliance, and the ability to compete in a world which changes so quickly. Second, the desire to leave behind a platform for future students to advantageously leverage; I would love to see underclassmen and incoming personnel take this base to new heights. 

Did you feel more prepared during your internships because you completed your coursework earlier?

By providing a fundamental business education and the critical thinking skills required for analyzing investment opportunities, the Barney School more than prepared me for my respective internship/professional work experiences during my tenure as a student. In many ways, the four elements central to financial literacy, or business success, (1. An understanding of accounting 2. An understanding of the law/regulatory environment 3. An understanding of markets and 4. An understanding of investments) are embedded in all of Barney’s curriculum – and for this I am forever grateful.

What is your best time management tip?

Relative to discipline, time as a Division I athlete painted the backdrop to understand the nature and principles which govern a capitalist/merit-based system. At the most competitive levels, the system does not owe you anything: if you desire greater levels of achievement/attainment, it is your responsibility to enact such change. And for this, I am forever grateful to Coach Blood and the University’s Coaching staff for teaching me this lesson the hard way. With respect to time management, I use an approach learned from life strategist Ed Mylett; in short, define and control your first and last hour of the day (by that meaning, a strong morning and evening routine of meditation, journaling, deep breathing, and visualization) help guide the energy and focus of your day. And throughout the course of a normal 24 hours, track every hour – asking oneself, did I bring myself closer to what it is I seek to achieve? If yes, continue on the same course; if not, question why – and change course!