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        Graduation marshal: Accounting curriculum ensures relationship with potential employers

        December 7, 2015

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        Matthew Davis wanted to become a doctor. That changed after he began school at Auburn four years ago. “I realized that I was much more fascinated in business than I was medicine,” said the senior in accounting from Montgomery. Davis will soon begin a full-time position at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston. DavisSaturday, he will represent the Harbert College of Business as its graduation marshal. Davis, an Auburn University Presidential Scholarship recipient, completes his undergraduate work with a 3.83 cumulative GPA and has been a member of the Honors College since 2012. “In addition to preparing me to meet deadlines with exceptional work, the Harbert College of Business has helped to place me in situations that have given me confidence and comfort in speaking in front of large or small audiences and in making meaningful connections with people of all ages,” he said. “I would recommend Harbert College because of how caring Auburn alumni are and how vast Auburn's Harbert College of Business' network is. The accounting program is great because of the dedication of the professors and faculty, and the curriculum really helps ensure connections are developed early with employers, which often leads to internships and subsequently full-time offers.” Davis said the best advice he received from a Harbert College professor is, “While the quality of your work definitely matters, the quality of the relationships formed in your career is what ultimately determine how successful you are.” Relationships have been a big part of Davis’ college career. Not only was he elected Delta Tau Delta president, he also worked part-time in the Auburn University Alumni Center and Harbert College’s Office of Professional and Career Development. He has served as a Camp War Eagle Counselor and host for Harbert College’s Executive Society. “The majority of the friends I have made throughout college have been made in activities outside of the classroom,” he said. “Because of this, I believe being involved in numerous activities has helped me to have a terrific college experience.”