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Greater Washington D.C. Assurance Intern Curtis Holloway’s personal motto? “Stay hungry.” That’s something many people who know him are already familiar with. In fact, when speaking at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) leadership studies program’s graduation, he asked the audience how to stay inspired … they all shouted back: “stay hungry!” Holloway has made it his mission to explore both the Assurance and Tax business lines before starting his public accounting career. His first internship was in Tax, and as he nears the end of his second internship, he can say “mission accomplished.” A senior with a double major in accounting and human resources, Holloway says he will miss his VCU professors when he graduates in December and receives his bachelor’s degree and starts studying for the CPA, as they taught him the importance of taking initiative and meeting new people.
LIFE AT BDO: AIN’T HIS FIRST RODEO This summer, as an Assurance intern, Holloway supports team engagements and assists in year-end and employee benefit audits. He shares that the support he receives from associates, managers and partners has left a lasting impression on how he views BDO professionals. “I’m treated like a professional, and I always feel like I work with BDO, not for BDO,” he says. “It’s not a competition. Everyone’s always willing to help each other out, and I like that very much about my team.” For interns unsure whether to pursue a career in Assurance or Tax, Holloway shares his perspective, “This is your future, not anyone else’s. I try to meet with people from both sides to get their advice and help me feel comfortable about my decision,” he says. After interning for both practices, Holloway is still gathering information before he chooses where to continue. “I know that whichever business line I end up in, I’ll feel comfortable with my decision after the research I’ve put in to determine the best fit for me.” Staying true to his motto, Holloway has some advice for future interns, “Stay hungry and continue to learn new things while giving your best and showing your drive,” he says. Even more, Holloway has a unique way of viewing his day-to-day professional experience. “I don’t have to come to work, I get to come to work and learn something new and exciting every day.”
LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK: MAKING IT COUNT
Holloway at the Residential Life & Housing Banquet after being a resident advisor for two years.
In his spare time, Holloway enjoys hanging with friends, meeting new people, going to the gym and reading leadership books. “The best part about meeting new people is trying to make them laugh,” he adds. Holloway also thanks Assurance Senior Associate Shafaq Majid for her guidance throughout his internship, as well as Nonprofit Assurance Associate Sean Herrity, Transaction Advisory Services Senior Associate Chris West and Tax Senior Manager Nick Dulo for helping him grow as a leader throughout his internship experience. “My mentors have all been extraordinary impactful in helping me carve my path for the future, and I am very appreciative for their support” says Holloway. Between his two internships, Holloway undoubtedly absorbed BDO’s culture and already embodies BDO’s mission of helping people thrive. Recently, he volunteered by helping with tax returns for low-income families in his community and plans to teach financial literacy to low-income individuals. “I want to do more community service, give back and support the students in public high schools from my area,” he shares. In the next few years, Holloway hopes to join BDO in either Tax or Assurance and wants to become more involved in Greater Washington D.C.’s BDO Counts program.
Additional Comments from Darlene:
Curtis shared with me that he has already received a full-time job offer with BDO as an Audit Associate! I have enjoyed working with him throughout the years and I am so excited about his progress. Curtis was previously featured on my Blog. I highlighted his success as the former President of NABA(http://wp.vcu.edu/dwardcareer/2017/03/21/naba-means-success/) and again in 2014 when he was a sophomore just beginning to receive internships. (http://wp.vcu.edu/dwardcareer/2014/11/10/curtis-holloway-is-a-student-who-jumped-in-right-away-and-became-impressive/)
If you ever need an example of a student that has done it all very well, please see his story. Curtis Holloway is one of the most professional students in the School of Business!