The SoFi Advantage: Harnessing The Power of Networking
By Maury Denton, UVA, Darden MBA 2014 – SoFi Member since 2012
If someone were to ask me why I chose to finance my student loan with SoFi, my answer – in a word – would be “network.”
Like many borrowers, I was attracted to SoFi in large part because of the “social” aspect they offer. As an MBA candidate, I knew that networking (and lots of it) would be the key to leveraging my business school education for long-term success. The idea that SoFi offered not only a better interest rate on my loan, but also an opportunity to meet with alumni lenders, was a huge bonus.
Shortly after signing on with SoFi, I realized that the “social” aspect encompassed so much more than just the usual networking opportunities. I was introduced to Pete Hartigan, VP Community at SoFi, with the idea that he could help me make connections in the industries I was seeking out. Very quickly, my relationship with Pete went from resume and career advice to a real friendship. It’s clear that, to Pete, this is more than just a job – he obviously cares about helping SoFi borrowers find success in their chosen careers.
As an example, Pete was very thoughtful in his approach to connecting me with his network. He used his deep Rolodex to introduce me to high profile connections, and took the time to help me think creatively about how to make each informational interview more impactful than the last. Pete is not only passionate about helping people, he’s also really good at it.
When you’re taking on the exorbitant cost of higher education, your dominating thought is usually “How am I going to pay for this?” I like that SoFi’s business model tackles not only the problem of high tuition rates, but also what happens to MBAs after they complete their education. I’ve had such a great experience with SoFi that I volunteered to become one of their student ambassadors – no small thing in light of my full-time school/full-time work schedule. But I’m a firm believer that my relationship with Pete and SoFi is an important one, not only for career coaching, but also for life mentoring.