Taylor Seaman is a Finance major who will be graduating this spring. Taylor has been very active in campus clubs and the community and was a finalist for the Spark Awards. You can learn more about Taylor by reading the interview below.
CB: Tell a little us a little bit about your background.
TS: My name is Taylor Seaman and I am a Senior Finance major at CBU. I was born, raised, and have lived in the Memphis area my entire life. I have two loving parents, Tommy and Denise Seaman who have helped shape who I am today. I also have a little brother and sister, Bryan and Kaitlyn. I attended and graduated from St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. During my time at SBA, I learned a lot about the Catholic faith and how giving back and helping the community was important. During my sophomore year at SBA, I went through the RCIA program and became a member of the Catholic Church. During my high school years, I also had a love for the game of baseball and played all 4 years. The values I learned at SBA as well as my love for the game helped me choose to attend CBU.
CB: Why did you choose CBU?
TS: During my time at SBA, I learned a lot about the Catholic faith and how giving back and helping the community was important. During my sophomore year at SBA, I went through the RCIA program and became a member of the Catholic Church. During my high school years, I also had a love for the game of baseball and played all 4 years before I was offered a scholarship to play at CBU. I also loved the small school environment that CBU seemed to have. The values I learned at SBA as well as my love for the game and the size of CBU helped me choose my college.
CB: What drew you to the field of finance and what has your experience been so far?
TS: Honestly, I loved the idea of money! Analyzing, evaluating, even the way it is manipulated interested me. I had always been a stellar student in the field of Mathematics and just simply loved the idea of using my math skills with money. My experience so far has been everything I could have ever imagined. I love Finance and have been very successful in all of my classes dealing with it. It was definitely the right field for me to go into and I could not be any happier with my choice.
CB: You have been highly involved with campus life. Tell us a little about your experience with campus activities, groups, fraternities/sororities, etc., and what it means to you.
TS: Being involved on campus is the single most important thing I would stress to any prospective student or even current freshmen or sophomores on campus. During my freshmen year, I was a member of the baseball team, but was not involved with any other organizations on campus. I believe that I was more or less getting a feel for the college environment and enjoying my first year of freedom. Towards the end of my freshman year, I realized that I needed to be involved in something on campus. Most of the faculty members didn’t really know me and I was not seen participating with really anything on campus. I felt like I was missing out on all the wonderful things that CBU had to offer and was holding myself back from standing out in a crowd. During the Fall of my sophomore year, I decided to change this perspective. I decided to pledge Delta Sigma Pi, where I immediately inserted myself into a leadership role being the pledge class president. After being initiated in December, it was only a short 4 months before I was elected President of the entire Epsilon Psi Chapter, but this still was not enough. During the following summer, I attended a 5 day leadership conference in Seattle, Washington, and a 2 day conference the following fall that Delta Sigma Pi offered. Since joining Delta Sigma Pi my Sophomore year, I have received 4 Delta Sigma Pi Scholarships and was selected as the 2013 Mid-South Regional Collegian of the Year, but I was still not yet satisfied. During the Spring of my Junior year, I was approached by a School of Business faculty member about starting up a new Entrepreneurship organization on campus called Enactus. I was quick to jump on board with this idea and wanted to make a sustainable and lasting impact on CBU once I am gone. Dr. Vitali and I decided to pick a core group of 15 to start this organization. After selecting our beginning core group, we had officer elections where I was elected as President. Being a new organization on campus, we have had our initial struggles, but I am confident that by the time I graduate, I will have left a lasting impact on CBU and the community.
CB: Have you done any volunteer work or performed community service through any of the organizations you’ve been involved with?
TS: More than I can honestly remember! I believe it is extremely important to give back to the community and promote growth and change in the Memphis community. The first step in any community service or volunteer work is getting involved with an organization that shares these views!
CB: I understand you are completing an internship with FedEx. What can you tell me about your internship, the business, how you got there, and what you’re learning in the process?
TS: My internship with FedEx was an amazing experience. It was great to find and work for a business that shares some of the same morals and values as me. FedEx operates through the PSP principal: People, Service, Profit. Any organization that puts people and service before profit really stands out to me. I received this internship opportunity largely because I went to Career Services on campus! This is where I first found out about the opportunity at FedEx. I applied, got an interview, and landed the summer internship all before February! During my internship, I was responsible for learning all the bells and whistles of a new software program that my department had recently begun using. After I learned just about everything there was to learn about the program, I had to create a user guide for others who would begin to use the program after I was gone. I excelled in my work as an intern at FedEx which lead to my recent job offer for a full time position upon my graduation. I recently accepted the job offer of being an Associative Corporate Financial Systems Analyst. All of this was made possible from taking a small step through Career Services’ door.
CB: What accomplishment are you most proud of at this point and what would you like to achieve next?
TS: I think I am most proud of being selected as a finalist for the Spark Award. The Spark Award in the collegiate category was given to an individual who had ignited positive change in the Memphis area. Although I did not win, it was a great honor sitting at a table with other finalists. I also was happy to see that FedEx was a recipient of one of the corporate Spark Awards.
I honestly don’t know what is next. I am a true believer that when an opportunity presents itself, I need to jump on it and give my all in making it successful.
CB: What are your plans and goals for life after college?
TS: My goals in life after college, hmmm. You know, I haven’t really thought about my extended future. If I had to talk about my years to follow graduation, I would like to own a house, get married, have children, receive a promotion, continue to participate in community service, and keep the relationships with the people that have got me this far in life.
CB: You have worked very hard to get to where you are right now. Who (or what) has inspired/motivated you?
TS: I would have to say my mom and dad. I grew up on the outskirts of Memphis in a pretty rural community where there was always work to be done. From an early age, whenever I would be lazy and not complete a task to the best of my ability my parents would drill one thing into my head. “If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time.” This principal has motivated me throughout my life. Every time I take on a new challenge, a new project, a new class, or even a new assignment, I have worked hard to make sure that I am doing it right the first time. I think that this discipline has gotten me to be where I am today. All of my success can be traced back to this fundamental principal.
CB: What will you remember the most when you look back on your college experience at CBU?
TS: The single thing that I will remember most about my experience at CBU will be the lasting relationships I have made with other students, professors, and faculty members. They are the people that have helped make me successful in my time at CBU and the gratitude and appreciation that I have for them is overwhelming. I don’t think I could ever thank each and every one of them enough, but I hope they realize how important they were to me.
CB: Looking back at all that you’ve learned and experienced, what advice would you give to a first-time freshman?
TS: Get involved! Your college experience is completely dependent on the decisions that you make. If you do not want to be just another face in a crowd, then get involved and get busy! There is no such thing as a non-busy college student, so it is best to go ahead and get involved with something important. Also, I would tell them to use their resources on campus. CBU has so much to offer their students that some may not even be aware of. When the time comes for you to get a real job, visit career services and they will help place you in the exact job that you are looking for. And last, but not least, your professors are your friends, not foes! Get to know your professors and develop lasting relationships with them. They are at CBU because they love teaching and helping develop students into professionals.