Wheaton magazine

Volume 20 // Issue 2
Wheaton magazine // Spring 2017
News And Profiles
photo by Greg Halvorsen Schreck

Undergraduate Student Profile: David Bakalemwa '18


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DAVID BAKALEMWA ’18 was born and raised in Tanzania, and moved to the U.S. in 2012 to participate in a student exchange program. He didn’t initially plan to attend Wheaton, but now he’s more than confident in his decision.

A double major in applied mathematics and economics, David plans to delve into investment banking after graduation. With the support of Dee Pierce M.A. ’17, director of Wheaton’s Center for Vocation and Career (CVC), David returned to Tanzania last summer to intern with Barclays Corporate Bank. He then went to Dartmouth’s Tuck Business Bridge Program, where he participated in accelerated MBA courses. 

“The CVC has been key in helping me get the confidence to talk to alumni, bankers, and others in positions of influence,” David says. “Through hosting events like Canvas, ‘Taco Tuesdays,’ and events that help students set up their LinkedIn accounts, tell their stories, and create resumes, the CVC has propelled many into success.”

Being away from home for extended periods of time has its ups and downs. However, David says the opportunities he’s had and lifetime friendships he’s gained at Wheaton have made the move worthwhile.

NAME: David Bakalemwa '18

MAJOR: Applied Mathematics and Economics 

HOMETOWN: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Student Government (Student Tech and Finance Committee and the Student Technology Advisory Committee), intramural basketball and soccer 

FUN FACT: When David was seven, he moved to Indonesia with his family for four years. He’s also fluent in German and Swahili.

Graduate Student Profile: Michelle Knight Ph.D. '17