Relationships mean a lot to Honors student Bryan Davis. His family initially tried to steer him to another school, but Terry Associate Dean Mark Dawkins had quickly become a mentor for Davis during a recruiting program. Dawkins and Davis connected during a tour of the Terry College, and it didn't take long for Davis to make up his mind that Terry was the best place for him.
Once on campus, Davis bled every ounce from his UGA experience. He serves as president of the National Association of Black Accountants, president of the Black Male Leadership Society, and vice president of the Minority Business Students Association. Among his many activities, he's also a Leonard Scholar, member of the Arch Society, and participant in the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).
Davis likes to think of himself as a renaissance man. A graduate of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, Georgia, his favorite things to do on campus involve the arts. A violinist with the UGA Symphony Orchestra, his iPod is filled with his favorite Mozart and Dvorak pieces alongside the rhythm and blues, jazz, or neo-soul that he loves and performs to as a dancer and choreographer in the Pamoja Dance Company.
Expected to graduate in May 2009, Davis already has a position with Ernst & Young's assurance and advisory business services group, but he will be delaying his start for a year after getting selected for a prestigious postgraduate technical assistantship with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Connecticut.
Here is what Davis has to say about his university experience.
"I am an Honors student and part of the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program under the direction of Pamela Kleiber. I conducted research with Prof. Jeffry Netter in the Finance Department on the salary differential between men and women. I also worked with Prof. Lance Palmer in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences on student alcohol expenditures and consumption.
"I got the opportunity to participate in the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program in the Terry College of Business, where I learned to develop and apply my leadership skills to the workplace. I love serving as a coach, mentor, advisor or ambassador in any way. I serve on the Arch Society as a campus ambassador, and I often help intended business majors by giving career, internship, and networking advice. I was also appointed as a student ambassador for the Terry College Strategic Council, as well as an Honors Ambassador for the Honors Program.
"I was selected to participate in the Corsair Society, which helps UGA undergraduates break into investment banking, and the Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Preparation Program. The Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Program helped me obtain an internship on Wall Street at UBS Investment Bank.
"I just completed an internship with Ernst & Young in Atlanta, where I did a rotation in both tax consulting and financial auditing. Some of my clients included the Coca-Cola Co. and Choicepoint Services Inc.
"I was awarded three scholarships from the National Association of Black Accountants at the Atlanta, Southern region, and national levels. I was also awarded the graduate scholarship from the UGA Black Faculty and Staff Organization and another from Best Buy.
"I chose to attend UGA because of the quality and reputation of the Terry College of Business and the J.M. Tull School of Accounting. Athens is one of the best college towns in America, UGA has an awesome football team, and there seems to be endless opportunity here for a great price. UGA is close to home as well, which offered me freedom and security all in one place. In addition, I knew that my professors would do anything they could do for me to be successful and happy."