From getting a 30 pound illuminated pumpkin to the top of Converse Hall to dreaming of surfing the waves of Southern California after graduation, Brian Panter is undeniably a Westminster personality.
For his senior year, he applied and was accepted into the Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP). Each student is assigned a qualified alumni mentor. Weekly meetings are held to focus on personal and professional development as well as advice for post-college career decisions. In addition to the individual meetings between mentor and student, the AMP group meets one Saturday a month to discuss one specific theme, life updates, and any personal success or failure stories. This program has allowed Brian to fully acknowledge and understand his strengths, weaknesses, career goals, and aspirations.
“I have never learned so much about myself through any other experience in life. Discovering who you are and what you are capable of is key to any college experience. But why not do it at an accelerated pace and more effectively through group settings like the Alumni Mentoring Program?” he said.
In fulfilling his internship requirements as an Accounting major, he was able to gain a great internship experience with one of Salt Lake City's largest investment banking and management firms, Goldman Sachs. He served a ten week internship downtown focusing on gaining knowledge necessary to position himself for success as an Operations analyst. This experience has certainly been Brian’s top academic highlight throughout the four years as an undergraduate student.
While working for the Adamson Alumni House and pursuing his degree in Accounting, he also played on the Westminster Men’s Golf team. “Playing at a collegiate level has certainly strengthened my love for this sport. It has challenged me to better prioritize my life as a student-athlete, while also striving to maintain that competitive attitude,” he said.
His road to success began with the relationships he developed within the Alumni House. He first started working as a “Phonathon Caller for the Westminster Fund.” After calling hundreds of Alumni, encouraging them on the importance of giving back and staying connected, he was promoted to Phonathon Supervisor. This is when the floodgates opened and he started taking advantage of all the opportunities available within Alumni Relations. He began meeting with alumni, participating in alumni programs and events, and building stronger relationships with his mentors, supervisors, and AMP facilitators.
Brian has had opportunities to dine with Steve Morgan, Vice President of Advancement; to even presenting in front of the Board of Trustees. His life started to develop in front of his eyes when he began those relationships with alumni, faculty, and leaders of his alma mater. “Looking back to my start at Westminster, I would have never guessed such a great college experience awaits me,” he said.
After graduation, he plans on going back to work at Goldman Sachs as an Operations analyst in Private Wealth Management. He is extremely excited to get started in a career right out of college. However, he plans on taking a break before working because he has his eyes set out on surfing the best waves along the coast of Southern California and hopes to get some great relaxing time to himself before he begins his journey in the corporate world.