Goal-by-goal honors student Eavan Thomas went from undecided to savvy business professional.
Obtain an associate degree
Unsure of which business path to follow, Eavan began management classes at Gainesville. After taking Principles of Finance, everything clicked.
“Finance is an invaluable trait no matter what you plan on doing. Since it was something that I naturally understood, finance was a really clear path for me.”
Go for your bachelor's
Once she was ready for upper-level courses, she transitioned to the Dahlonega campus—and is graduating with a bachelor’s in finance a semester early.
“It used to be that a finance person was just a number cruncher and all to themselves. But that’s not the case anymore. Leaders are starting to flatten companies, and the business world is starting to have fewer defining departments. Finance people are embedded in every aspect of a company. That’s why communication skills are becoming so important.”
Dig into research
For her finance honors thesis, she’s studying how children’s allowances—and how they receive and manage them—impact their adult financial standing later as adults.
“Through my honors volunteering, I’ve taught high school financial literacy classes. I was really interested to learn how those childhood financial foundations translated to adulthood.”
Get involved on campus
With the Cottrell Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Eavan developed her passion for community service. She went from teaching local high schoolers about how to manage money to teaching children on a mission trip in Malaysia.
“I never considered myself an extremely social person. So splitting up my time here by focusing my energy on different honors groups and interests is something I never thought I’d do.”
Land an elite internship
For her summer internship, she worked side-by-side with FBI employees on current cases, getting a glimpse of how a finance professional thrives in an intelligence agency.