Jan. 29, 2008
Paulis Packevicius came halfway around the world in pursuit of his dreams.
Packevicius left his home in Kaunas, Lithuania six years ago to come to the United States with a dual mission: to further his education and to test himself as a basketball player. Although he missed his senior year at the Oakridge School in Arlington because of an injury, he was still considered a college prospect, and accepted a scholarship offer from Rice.
"I chose to come to Rice because I felt like I would fit in with the basketball program and the people. And Rice has fulfilled my expectations. I have been challenged on and off of the basketball court." said Packevicius.
Last summer, Packevicius interned in the banking division of Tudor, Pickering & Co. in Houston. He compiled data for the firm's investor's list, maintained the company's new website, assisted with the editing and design of pitch books, and performed cost analysis and marketing research.
"My internship was a great experience because I learned the basics of the investment banking industry and how to apply my knowledge of finance to the business world." said Packevicius.
Although Packevicius' concentration at Rice is in economics, a number of his favorite classes have been with Russian professor Dr. Ludwig. In addition to playing basketball and studying, Packevicius works in the Weiss college mail office and in the Rice ticket office.
Packevicius has also devoted a number of hours to volunteering, something he enjoys doing when his schedule permits. He visits Texas Children's hospital and TIRR, Texas Institute of Rehabilitation and Research, regularly. Packevicius has also volunteered in the "Dream to Read" program as well as read to students at River Oaks Elementary.
"I really like reading to children and helping them improve their literacy. We go to the schools as a team, which makes it more fun." said Packevicius.
After he graduates Packevicius wants to play professional basketball. And when his sports career is over Packevicius will pursue a career in finance.
"I would like to thank Leland Reinhard and his family, my host family here in America. They have helped me a lot." said Packevicius.
He is one of Tomorrow's Leaders.
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