Recognizable you: My name is Taylor Barbato and I am a second-semester junior here at CU. I’m originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado where I have lived a majority of my life. (I was born in Omaha, but I prefer to say I am from Colorado!) I have one sibling, a little brother, who is the worst/best thing in my life, and two parents who have given me nothing but the world. Coming from a very large Italian family, they are my pride and joy so I try and see them as much as possible although it gets pretty hectic up here. Maybe you can or can’t tell by this picture but I LOVE to travel. This summer I was lucky enough to spend a month in Europe and I’m itching to go back! I’d like to describe myself as nothing short of a “go-getter” and that’s what I like to live my day to day by. I’m hoping that will pay off in this class!
Where you’re at: Being a junior, my summer will most likely (and hopefully) consist of a full-time internship but I’m sure many of your know that search takes a lot of time and maybe some tears. I am studying finance and pursuing a certificate in real estate. I have been so lucky to have work in two different jobs within real estate, which has absolutely allowed me to develop a passion of living; from interior design to investment to brokerage. Ideally my career path will someday cross with my passion for real estate and financial services! Currently I work as an Accounting Associate at CA Technologies, which just recently acquired Rally Software, which was a start-up out of Boulder. It has been such an amazing experience working for a small start-up and transitioning to work for a large corporation like CA. Sometimes in school, actually a majority of the time, we don’t learn what it means to apply knowledge to work and I absolutely feel like this job has set me up for that.
What you want: Coming into this class I expected a lot of writing that we would do to just get through the class, but after reading the syllabus, I feel that the assignments that we will be doing will be extremely beneficial. Resumes, cover letter, LinkedIn profiles, and personal websites all are things that you wouldn’t see in a typical class but are so helpful to our learning career. Although I feel that I have a lot of this material from previous experiences, I feel that there is no harm in always trying to improve what you already have.
Where to find you: Outside of school and work, I spend a lot of time as a member of the professional business fraternity on campus, Delta Sigma Pi. I rushed at the beginning of my freshman year and ever since I have held three officer positions. It has been such an amazing way to better myself professionally but also create some lifelong friendships that I don’t think I would have got otherwise. When I can scrape up some free time outside that, I love to stay active. That could be hiking, playing intramural sport, attending Pure Barre classes, camping, and the list goes on. In the summer I tend to pack up my Jeep with camping gear, grab a friend and some food and head up to the north shore of Goss Reservoir just outside Boulder. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it!! It’s a little rough getting up there, but I think that is part of the fun. Sometimes I take for granted how amazing Colorado is. I plan to truly make the most of this state this upcoming year!