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Danielle Allyza Caingcoy, a finance student at Minnesota State University Moorhead, talks about balancing work and school on Nov. 13, 2019. Image: Nick Nelson/Forum News Service

Minnesota State Moorhead student shines while balancing work, school

Danielle Allyza Caingcoy is the definition of busy.

The Minnesota State University-Moorhead student is preparing to graduate next spring after just two years at the school and she’s hitting the ground running.

Caingcoy is involved in numerous student organizations, many centered around MSUM’s Paseka School of Business. She is part of Beta Gamma Sigma which honors the top 10% students of the top 5% AACSB accredited business schools.

Between studying, working as a bank teller 30 hours a week and leading the recruitment for MSUM’s Financial Management Association she still finds the time to enjoy an hour or two with friends each week.

Tell me about what you are studying.

“I'm pursuing finance I'm getting a bachelor's at Minnesota State University Moorhead and then also getting two certificates, bank management and corporate financial management. I  pursued that because I'm from the Philippines and it's a poor country, so my family aren't really well off and so I wanted to figure out how to manage our finances and then hopefully help them and then help myself too.

Did you move to the United States from the Philippines?

“I originally grew up in the Philippines. I moved here when I was about 12 years old, and I lived in New Ulm, Minn. So it's about four and a half hours south (of Moorhead) and I lived there throughout my high school years and moved up here last year.”

How do you like MSUM?

I love it. They've given me so many opportunities. The Paseka School of Business, all of the staff and faculty, they’re very supportive. I worked with them last year as a student worker through work study.

You already have a job in banking, correct?

“Currently, I work at first International Bank and Trust as a personal banker. So, I do half teller work and then half opening new accounts and explaining those our clients.“

All of that while being a full-time student? That sounds busy.

“It's hectic, I work 30 hours a week and then full time here as a student. So it's crazy.”

Tell me about the organizations you’re involved in at MSUM.

“There's FMA (Financial Management Association) and I'm the chapter president for that this year. And then also the Student Advisory Board to the dean. So, we offer input and feedback as to what we'd like to see the College of Business do going forward. And then the two committees for the Paseka School of Business, the curriculum and assurance of learning, so those are two separate ones. That basically deals with how should students learn better or how to make the curriculum better for students to actually understand the material and be able to apply it in the real world. And then this February I'll be on a panel for transforming workplaces and Generation Z, where we'll talk about what we expect for our from our future employers and what we look for when we're job hunting.

What does your generation expect from employers?

“I usually look at their website and then click on their about page and kind of see what the company culture is like, what they value, because I think that's really important. That speaks a lot to me, because I want to work for a company that not only values their clients, but also their employees. I expect a supportive employer as what I've seen from the Paseka School of Business. I think it that's really important, I’m more likely to work for them if I have the motivation to get up in the morning and work for them because they're so supportive and they'll be there and they'll have my back.”

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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