Lazy Chat with András Marosi
Updated: Dec 11, 2019
Written by: Meghan Markowski
Photography by: Dylan Wee
As seen in the October 2017 Lazy Faire issue
From being a business and economics student at Janus Pannonius University of Pécs in Hungary, to becoming the Associate Dean of Undergraduates at the University of Alberta School of Business, it’s obvious that Dr. András Marosi has accomplished many things. But, speaking as a former student of his, one of the things he does best is teach. Not only is Dr. Marosi very knowledgeable in all things finance, but he’s also personable. He has no problem embracing students’ sometimes harsh reviews of finance: even making some into jokes. In fact, last Halloween he came to his lecture dressed like Darth Vader after reading a comment on rate my prof that spoke of their likeness. Sometimes, as an inside joke to himself, he’ll wear Darth Vader socks on the day of his classes’ midterms. So if you’re in one of his classes, make sure to check out his socks for your own laugh! All in all, it was a pleasure to interview Dr. Marosi. Personally, I am glad that the position of Associate Dean of Undergraduates has been filled by someone with as great a sense of humour as capability.
You recently became the Undergraduate Associate Dean for the School of Business. How has your transition been?
In one way it was made really easy, because of the support that I received from the school. The Dean has been very supportive, and the guidance from my predecessor, Elaine Geddes, has been especially helpful. She met with me several times, allowed me to shadow her, gave excellent advice, and left really helpful documents behind. The most important thing that she did to help ease my transition, was recruiting and training an excellent staff who are there every day to assist me. However, it’s still a learning process and has had its challenges.
What is something that you appreciate about current business students?
One thing that always amazes me, and something that I see much more than I used to, is the students’ ability to organize clubs and events on their own with limited to no help from the faculty. This is really unique to the Alberta School of Business; the involvement of our students sets us apart from other schools. I lived in a communist country during my undergraduate degree, so my experience was very different. The only major student organization at my faculty was AIESEC. But even with only one student group, I saw the huge impact they made. Some of my classmates are successful today because of what they learned from their AIESEC internships. So, given the rich fabric of the student organizations that we have, the effect multiplies and creates many opportunities for success.
What advice would you give 20 year olds now?
I’m not sure if I can come up with anything new, but you should have a need to challenge yourself and take on tasks even if they seem like a tall order. Also, you must be flexible. The changes driven by technology, global movement of people, and the coexistence of various cultures, makes things less predictable than they used to be. Having mental flexibility and a willingness to try new things is a lot more important now.
What made you want to become a finance professor?
First, I grew up in a communist country where there were no financial markets as we know them in Canada. So, when communism began to crumble and the opportunity of private enterprise opened up, I found it fascinating that you could think about these issues in financial terms: rather than the government allocating where companies should invest, it is the market that decides. I decided that finance was something I needed to study more, and this gradually developed into a desire to pursue a graduate degree and then a PhD. Second, I found that finance was misunderstood to be really difficult and boring and I wanted to change this. It appealed to me that, as a professor, you have the opportunity to change these misconceptions and make finance approachable and exciting.