Meet Elena and Learn More About her Vision


OUR MISSION: Banking to Baking is a blog for current college students and recent grads. We aim to make thinking about jobs less stressful, to make fulfilling careers seem more accessible, and to make life a little more fun. :)


Elena is a San Francisco native and 2017 Columbia grad who’s passionate about a lot of things, but primarily community building and taking care of others. Aside from working on this blog, she’s currently working as an SAT tutor in San Francisco, which is a relatively new venture for her - for the first year-and-a-half after graduation, she worked full-time in investment banking. She decided to quit when she felt she wasn’t furthering her goals or doing something aligned with her values. She then spent 7 months pursuing her years-long dream of working in bakery, which she left only recently for the tutoring gig. This allows her to work on this blog, to bake more for family and friends, and to start working toward her goal of attending a Psychology grad program, so that she can make a career out of caring for others.

Aside from her interests mentioned above, Elena is also a big fan of exercise (she was a four-year member and Captain of the Columbia Women’s Rowing Team), education, animals, and baking. To boot, she’s a Burner, a veteran of the AIDS/LifeCycle ride, an amateur ceramicist, and a dedicated reader of the New Yorker magazine. Oh yeah, and she really likes surfing, reading, coffee, home decor, and hiking... In short, she has a lot of passions and is enthusiastic about sharing them. So many interests doesn’t leave a lot of room for things to dislike; the only things she really h8’s are bananas, driving on the freeway, and being woken up from naps.

ABOUT Banking to Baking

Elena McGahey founded Banking to Baking in Winter 2019 as a resource for current college students and recent grads. Her hope is that this blog will help college students feel less anxious about finding internships and jobs, and that it will also make recent grads feel more empowered to seek fulfilling careers AND balanced lifestyles. She also hopes that it will help everyone have a little more fun. :)