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Krista Swanson
I found outstanding opportunities to participate, lead, work, network, and study abroad, and I felt encouraged to use those opportunities to my advantage in building a foundation for the future.

Profile: Krista Swanson

Alumni
Portfolio Analyst

 

Krista Swanson said that a career as a portfolio analyst is the perfect fit for a mathematical or analytical person. “But you also have to be someone who enjoys writing and communicating,” she said. “Having that balance in academic strength and personality allows me to do well in my role.”

In addition to monitoring loan portfolios, Krista prepares “mini-thesis” studies that examine agricultural industries, a specific aspect of a portfolio, or stress testing.

“My job is very analytical and includes a lot of data, reporting, and writing,” she said. “Sometimes it feels like I am still in school and my tasks are like a series of homework assignments, but as someone who always loved school, I actually like to look at it that way.”

Krista said many of the skills and programs for data analysis she learned through her graduate coursework and thesis writing in the College of ACES are directly applicable in her job.

“College isn’t going to teach you everything you will ever need to know, but you can take what you learn and apply it to new programs or methods,” she said.

Krista enjoyed everything about her University of Illinois experience, from classes to work to campus organizations and socializing.

“Not only is the University of Illinois a top academic and research institution, it also has a leading agriculture department,” she said. “I chose the U of I because I was drawn to the College of ACES, which maintains a strong academic reputation with a small-school, family feel.”

As an undergraduate, Krista was a member of 4-H House cooperative sorority, Field and Furrow Club, Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honor Society, ACES Council, and the ExplorACES Steering Committee. She also traveled to Puerto Rico with Alpha Zeta and Germany through a short study abroad program.

“I found outstanding opportunities to participate, lead, work, network, and study abroad, and I felt encouraged to use those opportunities to my advantage in building a foundation for the future,” she said. “I appreciate the relationships I built with both faculty and other students through those experiences, and those connections have proved to be valuable over the years since graduation.”