Recognizable me: RB #19. What does that mean? Sorry, I play Running Back for the University and I wear the number 19. My name is Michael Adkins. Well, officially Michael Adkins II (a very important detail!). I am from San Diego, California. San Diego Super Chargers Rock! And no, just because I go to CU I have not adopted the Denver Broncos.
You might have seen me playing on Folsom Field or more likely at the Leeds School in the Bloomberg Lab. Here at CU, I am a finance emphasis and I actually just earned my undergrad degree. Yes, now is the time to say “Congratulations”. Well, Thank You, I appreciate it! In the Fall I will start taking classes for the concurrent master’s program in accounting here at the business school. Ball is Life!
Where I’m at: Here in Boulder, as I am every summer (very fun!). Why are you in Boulder? Great question. Every summer since I have been here I have taken summer classes, this one being no different. But what about a plot twist. Who doesn’t like a plot twist. This summer, different from the normality of the previous ones, I am doing an internship at a company called Baird, a financial services firm, in their Private Wealth Management department. I am extremely excited about the opportunity. I will be very busy, something I consider a good thing. Don’t you agree?
I am coming up on my fourth year here and it has been an amazing ride. My goal is to do a fourteener this summer, so consider this your invitation to accompany me (p.s. – I actually have never done one so someone with experience would be preferable).
What I want: Definitely want to learn at least something. But on a more serious note, I would like for this course to develop and provide me the tools to be able communicate in an effective and efficient matter in the professional realm. Written communication is crucial in a pitch book for example, in a financial deal. Also, in a memorandum discussing policy mishaps to the head man.
Being able to provide value through a medium of written communication is key and one of the things I believe millennials struggle with. The emergence of social media and even taking a step backwards text messaging has reduced our ability to express ourselves in a robust fashion, as everything is now condensed. I was reading an article which talked about this very idea in relation to confrontation skills. I found it very interesting.
Where to find me: I thought I was untraceable but the internet has done a great job of making me visible. I am on Twitter (feel free to follow me on there) and LinkedIn (as I like to call the professional Facebook).
I enjoy doing a multitude of things but I am usually confined to athletics and academics. In my free time I do enjoy bowling, golfing, and Boulder has engrained its culture in me as I have gained a recent appreciation of hiking. I have only hiked the all famous Flatirons but I plan to increase that number at least two-fold this summer. I’ll keep you all posted.
I am definitely an indoors person though, and I’m guessing you could tell that as my favorite pastime (hobby) is sleeping. It is the best. Movies are also great. I recently thought it was a good idea to go see the movie Keanu starring Key and Peele. If you are not familiar with them, they have a show on Comedy Central which I find is quite funny. Anyways, I went to go see them in their first actual movie (they do quick comedy sketches), and it was not the greatest to say the least. So I provide a major disclaimer – do not take movie reviews for truth. With that said, if you know of any good movies out I would love to hear.
Look forward to sharing learning with you all!