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They met in the gym three years ago.
Former Thoroughbred
Melvis Langyintuo ’12 was playing hoops during a campus visit; Thabang
Maphothoane ’17 was a new freshman. That casual introduction eventually
brought them together at one of the top financial institutions in the world.
“Thabang reminded me of myself in college,” says Langyintuo. “He was
interested in student government, and I had been class president at Skid-
more. As we talked, I sensed that he needed support and guidance. I said I
was open to helping out, and he was proactive enough to reach out.”
The two started talking about coursework, with Langyintuo giving ad-
vice and posing questions. “Where do you see yourself in five years?” he
would ask. Maphothoane says, “He was always challenging me, prodding
me, posing those kinds of questions.”
Langyintuo, a global macro trader at Goldman Sachs, helped Mapho-
thoane recognize his computer science and math majors as advantages
in the financial industry. Langyintuo shared his mentee’s resume with
the Goldman internship division and coached the nervous Maphothoane
during a late-night call before the interview.
That was a year ago. This summer Maphothoane wrapped up his sec-
ond internship at Goldman, analyzing algorithms on suspicious trades.
And he’s begun his senior year knowing that his much-admired mentor
still plays a critical role in his future. For him, “Isaac Newton summed
it up when he said, ‘If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the
shoulders of giants.’”
Langyintuo encourages other alumni to get involved in mentoring
Skidmore students, saying it’s a rewarding experience for the mentor as
well as the mentee. He says, “I feel happy giving a student candid advice
and guidance on achieving his goals. I’m also giving back to my college,
where the community came together to launch me on an incredible
career trajectory.” Like a soaring three-pointer.
—Jon Wurtmannֹ’78
Charlie Samuels
Melvis Langyintuo ’12 and
Thabang Maphothoane ’17
on Wall Street
Scoring big
Sharing African backgrounds was just the
start. Now they’re sharing careers in high finance.
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