- Hometown: Knoxville, TN
My name is William Maddox, and I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Finance. A trusted family friend once offered me this advice, “always bet on yourself.” This directive has guided my path in college, as I have realized that a strong work ethic, passion, integrity, the drive to improve, and a thirst for knowledge are actually far more powerful than just blind luck. These are core values for me, and I was extremely lucky to have family members and mentors who modeled these qualities for me as I grew up. While I may fail at some points in my future endeavors, by working harder than anyone else, maintaining the fervor and excitement that will fuel new ideas, acting honorably, and seeking to continuously gain new knowledge and rise to an even higher level, overall I will succeed.
I decided to join the Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program (IBEP) to gain insight into the mindset of engineers and the impact of engineering on businesses. I believe that the transformative thinking of engineers, combined with the expertise of passionate business professionals, will drive astounding levels of innovation in the next decades, both in the United States and in developing countries.
Another key factor in my decision to become part of the Heath IBEP is that I place great value on belonging to a community of smart, like-minded individuals who are also on a path to achieve lofty goals. Despite our many similarities, each member of the cohort brings their own unique skills and understanding to this program, allowing us to both learn from each other and develop a greater understanding of the world.
When I am awarded my bachelor’s degree in Finance, I will seek a role that utilizes the strong problem-solving and business administration skills that I am developing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While initially I foresee myself working in banking, financial advising, or private equity, later in my career my goals will center around creating businesses that will benefit those in need of assistance. I feel that I owe it to society and our world to use my skills and knowledge to make a difference for others by the time it is all said and done.