Patrick Baskin, 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.
Patrick Baskin, originally from Lubbock, Texas, will be graduating in May 2021 with bachelor's degrees in accounting and finance. During his undergraduate career, Baskin served as vice president of the Rawls Ambassadors. Additionally, in 2020, he completed an analyst internship with Goldman Sachs.
Why did you choose to major in accounting and finance?
When I first started at Rawls, I was actually a management major. I decided to switch to finance after taking the first finance course that we are required to take, and I immediately fell in love with it. Then, after taking financial accounting, I fell in love again but was apprehensive of double majoring. After taking managerial accounting with Professor Bigbee and talking with her more, I decided that I wanted to double major in accounting and finance.
What educational accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being able to graduate with a double major. The course load was a lot to handle over my college career, but I know that having a background in both will help me push my career further.
During your time at Rawls College, who has made the greatest impact on you, and why?
Professor Bigbee has had the biggest impact on me at the Rawls. She helped me realize that I wanted to add accounting to my degree and pushed me to be better in her classes.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduating, I will be moving to Dallas, TX, where I have accepted a full-time job offer with Goldman Sachs.
What advice would you offer current or incoming Rawls College students?
I would tell students not to worry if they do not know what they want to do. College is the time for them to really figure out what they are interested in and what kind of work they can see themselves doing in the future. Take full advantage of all the opportunities that the Rawls offers, such as the career fair or other recruitment events, because building your network that way will come in handy in the future.
What were some of your favorite things about living in Lubbock?
I was born and raised in Lubbock, and Texas Tech has always been a part of my life here. Living in Lubbock is easy considering the size of the city; you can get anywhere in less than 20 minutes. I also enjoy the Lubbock nightlife with many different places that are geared towards the enjoyment of college students. Living in Lubbock is very different than many other college towns, but in my opinion, it has been the best experience.
Why do you love Rawls College?
I love the Rawls College because of the numerous opportunities that we are able to enjoy. The professors at Rawls are all experts in their related fields, and the knowledge they share with us about everything we need, inside and outside the classroom, is second to none.