Friday Feature with Trinity's Samuel Oyebefun

Samuel Oyebefun, Trinity

The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes and the "Friday Feature" is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Trinity's Samuel Oyebefun, a men's track & field student-athlete who co-founded the Investment Management Club on campus.

Samuel Oyebefun, Trinity

Samuel Oyebefun, Trinity College
Senior, Men's Track & Field
Basseterre, St. Kitts/Washington Archibald High School
Majors: Economics, Computer Science and Mathematics
Minor: Models and Data

Why did you choose to attend Trinity?
Trinity’s academic and athletic reputation was critical to me, and I was fortunate enough to have developed a good relationship with head coach John Mason (who was, at the time, an assistant coach). Coach Mason was immensely helpful through the recruiting process, as he exposed me to the myriad of opportunities I would have if I attended Trinity. He was able to make me feel like Trinity was my home before I had even applied (let alone set foot on campus). Having never been to New England before, and having completed the majority of my education in St. Kitts, it was a comfort to know that I would be joining a community of athletes that were as dedicated and passionate about my sport as I was.

Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I fell in love with track at age 11 and knew that it was something I wanted to continue to do at the college level. While track was always a top priority for me, I also had a passion for mathematics and computing. Thus, I wanted to attend a school that would not only afford me the opportunity to advance my athletic career, but also allow me to pursue my intellectual curiosities. I felt I could fulfill both of these interests best at a Division III school, as I would be able to compete in track without compromising my academics.

What is your dream job/career? Why?
My dream career would be one that combines the industries of finance and technology. I would like to employ a quantitative approach to understanding and engaging with financial markets.

What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
When I’m not on the track or studying, I devote my time to the Trinity College Investment Management Club. This is a club that some of my friends and I founded in May 2017. We wanted to create an environment where students wishing to pursue careers in the financial industry could not only build on their knowledge but also gain hands on experience with analyzing companies.

What are three top things on your bucket list?
1.) Start a scholarship fund
2.) Contribute to my parents retirement
3.) Live in at least five different countries

Who is your favorite professor? Why?
Hopefully, this doesn’t start a conflict, but one of my favorite professors at Trinity is Christophe Hoag. I have taken numerous courses with Professor Hoag and each time I find myself learning something new about the ever-changing field of economics. Outside of the classroom, Professor Hoag is not only my advisor, but has always been an advocate for my academic and personal success. He believed in my vision for starting an investment club at Trinity, and was even willing to serve as the club advisor. I cannot thank him enough!

What internships/research projects have you participated in? What did you learn from these experiences?
Last summer I interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Equity Research Division in New York. This internship taught me about the inner-workings of technology companies and how to create an investment recommendation. This opportunity forced me to think on my feet, allowed me to conduct my own financial research, and ultimately confirmed my desire to work in the financial industry. I was fortunate to receive an offer to return full-time after graduation as an Equity Derivatives Trader.

What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is The Bistro. I can never say 'no' to a good steak! The Bistro is the most convenient place for me to get dinner after practice since it is only a short walk away and it stays open late. I love that whenever I walk in, no matter what time of day, there is music playing and there are people talking.

Who has been the most influential person during your time in college so far? Why?
Ebenezer Hormenou. I met Eben my first year at Trinity and we have been close friends ever since. Eben grew up in the Ivory Coast, so when we first met there was an instant cultural connection. Although he was a year ahead of me, Eben quickly stepped into the role of brother, mentor, and advisor. I remember during the spring semester of my first year, he helped me navigate 7 a.m. course selection and shared with me all the best places to eat in Hartford. Eben took me under his wing and helped me to feel more at home at Trinity. Also shoutout to Maddy Kirton (I didn’t forget about you)!

What is something interesting about you that others might not know?
I love music, but particularly afrobeats and dancehall. Burna Boy is always on rotation (my favorite song by him is “On The Low”). There’s just something about the rhythm of his music that takes me back to the island life of St. Kitts; for three minutes it’s like I’m back home again.