Class of 2016
Majors: Accounting and Finance
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
When Ola Adenekan came to the United States three years ago, his plan was to live the proverbial “American Dream” by maximizing his academic opportunities and developing himself as a global citizen. Now as a senior accounting and finance major at Whitman, he feels that his experiences at Syracuse University have done just that.
Ola is highly involved in the Whitman community, serving as president of the National Association of Black Accountants and as a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor society. He also serves as an instructional assistant with the Stevenson Educational Center for Student Athletes Development and as a tutor with SU’s Tutoring and Study Center, contributing his skills in statistics and accounting to help fellow students. Finally, Ola is an IMPRESS peer mentor for the Waverly House, working with ten students to help them transition and assimilate into the Whitman family.
These skills and involvements helped Ola to land an internship last summer at Ernst & Young in New York City, working in the Financial Services Office on the Tax and Audit service lines. “The rotation allowed me to complement my classroom knowledge with an on-the-job experience, giving me a platform to make an informed decision about my preferred service line,” explained Ola. During this internship, Ola worked with four other interns to propose a Global Compliance Reporting Service to one of EY’s existing clients.
Ola was recently awarded a scholarship sponsored by EY at the 40th annual NABA Eastern Regional Conference. He serves as a campus ambassador for the firm, and he plans to begin his career at EY after graduation in the Assurance FSO service line.
Although there have been many experiences that have contributed to his success, Ola cites Whitman’s many dedicated professors with helping him to realize his dream. “Drinking from their fountain of knowledge has helped me grow personally and academically,” said Ola. He also mentioned Michael Lamarch and Kara Primrose from Career Services as positive influences for his success.