Ryan Van Wagenen

I am Ryan Van Wagenen.  I am originally from Los Angeles, California and I am here at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in Economics with a minor in Psychology.

I interned this past summer in Investment Banking at Citi in New York.  I worked in the Industrials group, where I focused on mergers and acquisitions for global transportation companies.  When I grew up, my family frequently attended the Los Angeles Auto Show, so when I received the opportunity to work closely with transportation companies, I was pretty excited.  I am planning on going back to Citi to work full time in New York upon graduation in May 2010.

Although I will be working in finance upon graduation, I have always had a strong interest in psychology.  One of the reasons for this interest has to do with my passion for studying human interaction and understanding the way people think.  I am a firm believer in the seven dimensions of wellness.  As we keep our social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical dimensions in balance, we become more solid people.  Along those lines, I feel strongly that participation in philanthropy is an important part of life.  Since coming to the U, I have spent quite a bit of time volunteering in philanthropic activities, including participation in the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  Based in Los Angeles, this foundation has made major strides globally over the years in improving men’s health with the end goal of curing cancer.  I have realized that we not only help others through philanthropy, but can also end up strengthening ourselves and our families as we serve others.

Outside of business, psychology, and philanthropy, I have always had an interest in architecture.  When I was young, my father, Ken Van Wagenen, would point out artistic design differences of structures and discuss the various architectural styles in Los Angeles buildings.  One of the greatest artistic achievements in Southern California has to be the Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by one of my favorite architects, Frank Gehry.  The smooth curved lines found in the Concert Hall have been a main focal point of tourists traveling through Los Angeles.

Architecture has led to my love of art.  The picture I have included is of “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin.  A replica of this sculpture is at the Norton Simon Museum, which is located less than a mile from where I grew up.


~ by Ryan Van Wagenen on August 27, 2009.

2 Responses to “Ryan Van Wagenen”

  1. nice picture.

  2. nice picture

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