Student Spotlight: Conner Parker, Finance
By: Darla Vasquez
Conner Parker is on track to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in finance and a minor in economics. Over the summer, Parker interned with Appraisal Management Company in Houston. He is in involved with many organizations at Texas Tech, including the Real Estate Organization, the Tech Men's Water Polo Club, Rawls Business Leadership Program, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, where he serves on the Judicial Board. He currently holds the treasurer position for the Financial Management Association at the Rawls College of Business. Learn how Parker's experiences with the Financial Management Association help prepare him for life after graduation in the Q&A below.
What are your responsibilities as treasurer of FMA?
My duties as treasurer are to create the budget and then submit it for approval to the Student Government Association (SGA). I ensure the fiscal responsibility of the organization by checking that my recorded expenses and revenues match our bank statements. Additionally, I do administrative tasks such as meeting with and submitting various forms to the SGA and deposit checks.
How do the skills and knowledge gained at the Rawls College transfer to your position?
The technical skills my courses have taught me include forecasting our budgetary needs and how they will change, bank reconciliations, and Excel. Other skills that have been useful are email etiquette and networking.
What opportunities does the Rawls College provide to help you get ahead in the finance field?
The Rawls College provides a ton of great opportunities for those willing to take advantage of them. There are the ones available to all students, such as the career fairs and networking events, but there are some specific to finance as well. Often times, clubs will host companies looking to recruit finance majors or they will have job and internship opportunities emailed to members of a club. Specific classes such as the SMIF and Financial Statements Analysis also set Rawls finance majors apart from others.
What do you enjoy most about studying at the Rawls College?
Definitely the people. After a few years at Rawls, you cannot walk through the halls without saying hello to friends, professors, and the guy you had class with that one time and still exchange questions about what classes you should take with. It's a great environment and makes you excited to go to class.
What advice would you offer students looking to get involved with the college?
Find out what area of your major interests you and go join the club that is associated with it. If there isn't one, make one. If you don't know what you are interested in, go to Rawls Day and join every club related to your major. Go to a meeting and if you do not think it's for you, then go find one that is.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.