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Student Spotlight: Greg Curtin Greg Curtin


“Always be happy but never be satisfied” is a motto UT College of Business Administration senior Greg Curtin truly personifies. With a constant smile and enthusiasm that is contagious, Curtin’s undergraduate journey has been full of unique decisions that have taken him to over 40 countries in a few short years.

After graduating from high school in 2004, Curtin pursued a degree in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, where he also played rugby. After two years in the program, he was ready for a change. In 2006, he spent a year living in Cumbria, England, and traveling across Europe before returning to the U.S.

Curtin attended the University of Kentucky in 2007, playing for the UK Wildcats football team. As a varsity player, he was part of the 2007 team that won the Music City Bowl, and he also earned academic honors within the Southeastern Conference.

He returned to Europe in 2008 and studied pricing derivatives at the London School of Economics before attending the Vienna University of Economics and Business.  During that time, Curtin played rugby for the national championship team in the Austrian rugby league.  

Curtin traveled across Europe and Asia before returning to the University of Kentucky, where he served as captain of the rugby team. Always looking for opportunities that would give him a unique life experience, Curtin moved to Chicago in 2009 where he worked before eventually moving to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee.

During his time at UT, Curtin has taken advantage of every possible opportunity. He is vice president of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, serving as director of projects, and he is president and co-founder of the UT Investment Group, serving as head of currency and commodity trades. He is a member of the Financial Management Association and joined the group on its recent educational trip to New York City. He has earned the Bloomberg Masters Certification based on currencies, commodities, equities, and fixed income acknowledgements, and he is a CFA Level I candidate.

Upon graduation, Curtin plans to pursue a career in financial analysis at a global bank. He will graduate in December, adding a degree in finance and international business (with a 3.42 GPA) to a list of skills and experience including speaking fluent German and conversational Mandarin, Japanese, and Spanish.

Clearly, Curtin is poised to demonstrate his other motto: “Don’t put your life in the hands of others---make what you want out of it.  Instead of ordering food, head to the kitchen and cook it yourself.”


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