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Richard Atkins, '14

Richard Atkins, '14 Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Accounting)
Internships: Atlas Oil Credit
Activities: While at Albion I was involved in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, Sup de V International Exchange program, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, Albion College Ski and Snowboard Club, Greek Week Planning Community, and a member of Albion’s Tennis Team for four years.
Current: Completed Master of Accounting degree, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.  Assurance Staff at Ernst & Young

What did you like most about Albion College?

My favorite part of Albion was the close-knit community. A small student body allowed me to make many connections and friendships with both students and faculty that I would not have if I had attended a larger school. Making these connections helped me grow both academically and personally. I will always remember the people I met at Albion and appreciate how they expanded my outlook and helped me to grow into the person I am today.

How did Albion help you to get where you want to be?

I first became interested in accounting after my managerial accounting course with Professor Gaylord Smith. I only found my interest in accounting after taking some required courses for the finance major. Albion also provided me with many opportunities to grow my business background through programs like the VITA tax preparation program and the Sup De V international exchange program. Albion’s professors proved to be great resources for both career counseling as well as help understanding coursework outside the classroom.

For me, Albion…

…was a place to grow, learn, and make lifelong friends. It provided challenges in the classroom that required us to push ourselves, but also provided help along the way. The diverse courses required as a part of the liberal arts education gave us an opportunity to broaden our outlook, but it may also help you find the major you never thought you wanted.

Peter Curry, '14

Peter Curry, '14 Major: Economics and Management with an emphasis in Accounting, Gerstacker Institute Concentration
Residence: Midland, MI
Career: Ernst and Young: Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS Forward)

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I contribute to Ernst and Young's Assurance brand while working in their FAAS Forward program. In this program, I provide audit assurance, but I also provide client services in the Financial Accounting Advisory Group. In this service line, I work with clients to solve issues relating to transaction advisory and financial reporting. In general, this program grants me the base experience of auditing while also exposing me to more complex business and accounting issues. Overall, I contribute to an opinion on the fairness of financial statements, provide due-diligence on transactional needs, and advise clients on reporting requirements.

Why do you love what you do?

I look forward to the challenge. Each day, I work on different teams, clients, and tasks. I will provide a wide range of services to numerous clients and industries, and I am excited to grow and adapt to those opportunities. In many ways, this rotational program continues the diverse education that I received at Albion. I will learn new skills from my teams and apply those skills to a wide range of client needs.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion enabled me to pursue my divergent interests, namely in English, history, and business. At Albion, I took courses like pax Britannica, contemporary literature, and even several pottery courses. I also completed the required coursework for the Certified Public Accounting license. This was crucial as I began college without a clear focus of what I wanted to do after school, but while at Albion, I had the flexibility to pursue my interests and discover a career.

For me, Albion…

…is a community. The connections that I have made with my peers, professors, and alumni have become valuable both inside and outside the classroom, and I am excited to see how this community will continue to grow beyond graduation.

Michael Davis Jr. '13

Michael Davis Jr. '13 Major: Economics and Management with emphasis in Economics
Current: Pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan

What I like most about Albion?

It is a place where you can connect with students who share your intellectual curiosities. Albion has given me a wide range of knowledge and has really allowed me to shape my education in ways that are truly mine. I was able to be a member of Albion's Fed Challenge teams in 2011, '12, and '13. Our 2011 team went to Nationals in Washington D.C. and went up against teams from Harvard, Rutgers and North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The highlight of this final round of competition was the opportunity to meet several leaders of the Fed including Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman. I was a teaching assistant in E&M for economics, past president of the Macroeconomics Club, and worked closely with the department’s staff and faculty to create a new marketing brochure for future students.

How did Albion help you get there?

I appreciated the careful feedback faculty provided on research projects and papers. The personal relationships that were created with the faculty were incredible.

For me, Albion…

…has provided good networking opportunities for finding a career.

Sarah Erdman, '14

Sarah Erdman, '14 Major: Economics and Management and Math; awarded the Maurice L. Branch award for Scholarship and Research
Residence: Dallas, TX
Career: Analyst for Ernst & Young in Advisory Services

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I work as an Analyst for Ernst & Young in their Advisory services in Dallas, Texas. I work in their Performance Improvement group, which works with different clients to help them deliver year-on-year growth. The work varies greatly from client to client, which is part of what makes it so interesting, and deals with a variety of tasks from designing and implementing new financial systems to analyzing data to improve cost management.

How did Albion help you get there?

I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without the massive support I have had from the E&M department, especially from Professor Hooks. His classes, as well as working as a research assistant for him, really sparked my interest in the field of finance, which eventually brought me to my position at Ernst and Young.

During my time here, Albion taught me so much, especially time management. Albion offers so much - and for me, a big draw was the equestrian center. Albion helped me balance not only riding with academics, but other groups on campus as well, and taught me how to successfully combine all of the passions in my life.

For me, Albion…

I am grateful for everything that Albion has offered and given to me, and excited to begin the next chapter of my life!


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