Major: Economics Minor: Applied Mathematics
Hometown: Andover, Vermont
In his own words, Alex Buller is from a “little Podunk town” in Vermont called Andover. His personal positivity, love of the outdoors, and life knowledge impacted his fellow Griffins in the best way possible. Working as an SI and a tutor, Alex was able to help students who found themselves in situations he was once in. He took the lessons he learned from Westminster and the outdoors to keep teaching others around him.
Whether it is teaching study techniques, helping them learn, listening to their personal situations, or building a friendship, he always expressed his personal philosophy: “Do not stress, do not fret. If you do you, you will envision failure and possibly accept it. Instead, be confident, laugh, show your true colors and only accept success. But if you instill confidence and logic and give it your best shot, you will be you when it is all done, ‘A’ or ‘C’, you will be you. Be confident, don’t look back or be afraid to fall, you can only strive for the stars.”
Alex is a member of the Westminster Ski and Snowboard club, Economics club, and an international honors society called Delta Omicron Epsilon. For 3 years, he held his position as a tutor for the Start Center. He was also a Supplement Instructor for Michael Mamo’s Elementary Macroeconomic class. For Alex’s senior thesis, he wrote about the global banking network and how it may be vulnerable towards financial contagion. He will attend the Finance and Economic May Term trip to Europe May 2013.
During his freshman year, Alex was on the soccer team and then went to Japan the summer after his freshman year. With the help of Westminster, he got an incredible internship experience with ZAGG — the fastest growing company in Utah. Not only has he been on dean’s list almost every semester, but he also received the Horizon Scholarship.
He was able to go skiing, camping, hiking, and join the fun in other outdoors sports during his time at Westminster with his friends who also had excellent academic achievements. The friends he made at Westminster turned out to be the most influential people in his life. “From thought provoking conversations for hours and hours on end, to going skiing, to the constant strive to better myself were always there pushing me further and further into the realm of success,” he said.
Westminster gave Alex the environment he needed to thrive. “Between classmates and my teachers, they are the root to my success in each and every way possible. This tight knit community gave me the opportunity to really find myself, and allowed me to work through any struggles I encountered with everyone’s help, making me who I am today,” he said.
Working hard and being the best student and individual he could be was his ultimate accomplishment. “Westminster took my constant hunger to work hard and be the best student and individual I could be, and showed me that there is no limit, you can never stop striving for the top, even when you think you are there you can always, always improve. The sense of community will reside in me even as I live on my life helpings other like Westminster helped me,” Alex said.
In July 2013, Alex will start working for Goldman Sachs and he plans to work there for a year to gain work experience in the field he is interested in and then attend graduate school. As soon as the opportunity comes, he plans on backpacking across the world.
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