Ari Fine

Class of 2014

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

What was your College Scholar project?
“The Art of Investing in Art: An Examination of Decision-Making in the Art Market.”

My College Scholar thesis drew on concepts from behavioral finance and psychology to examine the decision-making processes of art market participants. My thesis explored the extent to which behavioral biases impacted the ways art collectors bought and sold art, and whether these biases were more prevalent in the art market than in other markets given the emotional and cultural significance of art.

What are you doing now?
After graduation, I joined Venture for America. VFA is a program for recent grads to spend 2 years in the trenches of a start-up with the goal that they will become socialized and mobilized as entrepreneurs moving forward. Through VFA, I've spent the last year working at a financial technology startup in Miami.

How do you think your experience as a College Scholar has shaped your life or your career? Are there ways that you have applied the skills/knowledge/life lessons you learned as a College Scholar throughout your life?
The best thing about taking part in the College Scholar program was the sense of fulfillment I took from setting my own, independent course. I've continued to pursue that sense of fulfillment and enrichment that comes from choosing your own direction instead of defaulting to the established path, both in my professional and my personal pursuits