Lawrence Richardson, ’13, has his eyes set on Wall Street. Like an investor diversifying his stocks, Richardson diversifies his endeavors, focusing on developing his financial literacy and leadership skills in the various opportunities he encounters on campus and abroad.

While searching for the right university, the Seattle native narrowed in on Richmond. Its East Coast location helped, but having the country's No. 15 business school sealed the deal. Now in his second year, Richardson is concentrating in finance and considering a second major in computer science.

Though focused on the financial industry, he has embraced many of the general education classes he’s taken in other disciplines. “It’s good to have background in a lot of different areas,” he says, “so when you’re talking to someone from other fields, you at least have some understanding.”

Richardson spent part of the summer in Washington, D.C., as an intern in the British Embassy’s trading and investment department. Fresh out of his first year at Richmond, he was the youngest intern the embassy had ever selected.

“I did event planning and overseas market research, mostly helping U.S. companies get into the British market,” he says. “I took the position because it dealt with trading and investment.”

“Being able to see both sides — business and diplomacy — was really helpful,” says Richardson, who at one point considered majoring in political science.

Richardson discovered that one of the most important skills at the embassy is communication. “Even as an intern, being able to call up a manager of a firm and have a conversation,” was key to successfully finishing his market research reports. “I found that I was more comfortable speaking with professionals because of my involvement with [the University’s co-ed business and leadership fraternity] Delta Epsilon Chi,” he says.

Richardson soaked up the political atmosphere of the District while he was there. At the embassy, he had the chance to hear William Hague’s speech during his first trip to the United States as the U.K.'s foreign secretary.

Working alongside British citizens, who make up about 60% of the embassy’s staff, Richardson gleaned insight into British culture and tips on where to go and how to get there, which he drew on during his trip to England later in the summer. He enrolled in a three-week intensive accounting course at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

This fall, Richardson assumes a new role as a resident assistant in South Court. Mindful of the responsibility of this leadership position, he says, “It’s the best job on campus.”