Maxwell McLeod, an accounting and finance major graduating in May 2021, shares about his experiences at Texas Tech and Rawls College.
Wherever life takes them after Rawls College — graduate studies or a new job — the spring class of 2021 reflects on the achievements made possible through a community that promotes academic success, encourages student involvement, and inspires excellence.
Maxwell McLeod, originally from Dallas, Texas, will be graduating in May 2021 with bachelor's degrees in accounting and finance.
During his undergraduate career, McLeod was actively involved in the Scovell Business Leadership Program, Rawls Dean's Student Council and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Texas Epsilon Chapter.
Beyond his involvement in student organizations, McLeod completed three internships. Most recently, in the summer of 2020, he worked for Texas Capital Bank as a commercial real estate lending intern. In the summer of 2019, McLeod served as a capital markets – multifamily intern for JLL, and during the summer of 2018, he served as a corporate finance intern with At Home Group.
Why did you choose to major in accounting and finance?
Numbers have always come easy to me. I have always enjoyed working with them and trying to understand what they mean. Finance and accounting let me apply my understanding of numbers to solve problems and find patterns. Moreover, I chose to be a finance and accounting major because I knew that I wanted to go into banking. I have had a dream since high school to work for a bank and deal with money.
What educational accomplishments are you most proud of?
One educational accomplishment that I am most proud of is to be a part of the Scovell Business Leadership Program. This program has allowed me to interact with other business majors and network with Texas Tech Alumni. Secondly, I am very proud to have a 4.0 GPA. I have worked extremely hard to achieve this accomplishment to show companies that I understand the knowledge of finance and accounting and can be an asset to the company.
During your time at Rawls College, who has made the greatest impact on you, and why?
Dr. Jeffrey Mercer has made the greatest impact on me within the Rawls College of Business. He has been my academic mentor since freshman year and has helped guide me throughout my time in college. He has always provided great insight about classes and working in the banking industry. He has supported my growth throughout college and always provided necessary advice.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will be working for Texas Capital Bank and going through their Commercial Banking Analyst Program.
What advice would you offer current or incoming Rawls College students?
Some advice that I would offer current or incoming Rawls College students is to get to know your teachers and alumni. The professors have experience and contacts in the real world and want to help students find their dream job. Alumni are the same way and may even recommend their company to hire you.
What were some of your favorite things about living in Lubbock?
One of my favorite things about Lubbock is the golf. It is very hard for golfers in Lubbock because the wind is constantly blowing. The wind really challenges my golf game and tests me mentally. By practicing in Lubbock, I play much better when I go home to Dallas. Lubbock has seven courses, so there are plenty of places to play.
Why do you love Rawls College?
I love the Rawls College because it is an inviting place that wants students to succeed. The college provides many avenues for students to succeed and find careers that they want. The Rawls College helps through the CMC, professional organizations, and faculty mentorship.