This month's Alumni Accolade is a more recent Tappee. Holland Finley, who graduated in 2014, was tapped in during the fall semester of her sophomore year. You may have heard her name outside of Texas Orange Jackets, as, like many of her OJ peers, she was heavily involved on campus. Holland was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Student Government, Texas Wakeboarding, Party on the Plaza Committee, Business Honors Association, and Pancakes for Parkinson’s Committee. In addition, she participated in Texas Cheer and Texas Students in Free Enterprise. Despite the long list of organizations she was involved in, Orange Jackets continues to hold a special place in Holland’s heart -- she still tries to keep in touch and attend as many OJ happy hours as possible!
Reflecting back on her time in Orange Jackets, Holland marks her favorite memory as the Kudos segment that ends each weekly meeting. During Kudos, various members receive shout-outs for remarkable accomplishments. Holland “was constantly reminded of the exceptionalism of [her] peers, and was inspired by their commitment to the university, passion for change, and drive for academic rigor.” This ritual, although brief and informal, encourages members to be amazed and inspired by their fellow OJs, and more energized to take on challenging tasks the following week.
Many of Holland’s mentors and role models in Orange Jackets started their careers in consulting. This heavily influenced Holland, and eventually led her to join Bain & Company following graduation. Passionate about philanthropic work, she chose to pursue an externship at a non-profit organization. Holland is currently working at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. She adores chasing waterfalls in the surrounding regions and gains energy by exploring new things with friends, both new and old. A huge fan of traveling, Holland told us that she loved the hostel scenes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Split, Croatia, and Lisbon, Portugal. However, her favorite place would have to be Cape Town, as the South African city is rich both in culture and history, making it exceptionally beautiful.
Holland's advice for current Tappees is: “Get to know your advisors! They’re some of the best mentors I could have asked for. Otherwise, be mindful of how you spend your time, and be cognizant of problems on campus that you can help remedy. UT is truly unique in the extent that it enables students to lead and drive change, and our faculty is incredibly receptive to well-thought-out initiatives. Looking back at my time on campus, my most meaningful experiences were the projects I was a part of, rather than the groups that I participated in.”