Nolan Thomaswick Earns Top Ten Senior Award

By Sue McMurray

Nolan Thomaswick, a Global Campus accounting student, is one of WSU’s top ten seniors in the campus involvement category. The award recognizes his leadership in student organizations and student government.

From the early 1900’s to the 1980’s, WSU recognized the best five men and five women seniors. These students were called “The Big Five Men” and “The Big Five Women.” The Student Alumni Ambassadors and the WSU Alumni Association continue this tradition with the Top Ten Seniors award program. The most qualified ten students, each representing a specific aspect of the college experience, are chosen.

Theater background complements accounting skills

A former theater professional contemplating a career change, Thomaswick saw similarities in the accounting industry. “Both theater and accounting require astute observation, thorough evaluation and analysis, unwavering focus, and a productively collaborative environment,” he says. “I have unique perspectives with each of these elements and intend to bring them to my career in accounting and finance.”

Thomaswick enrolled in the accounting program through WSU Global Campus and will completed his degree in December 2022. He directs his time and energy not only toward coursework, but also toward engaging with fellow students and organizations.

His activities include being president of the Associated Students of WSU Global, chair of the ASWSU Global Resource Allocation and Accountability Committee, student ambassador for WSU Global Connections, and member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting profession’s honor society. He was also involved in creating the Global Campus May commencement celebration in Seattle.

“My favorite memories are interacting with my fellow ASWSU Global members and advisers—the people who are taking an active part in this community. Those are the people and experiences I’m going to remember,” he says.

Plans for the future

Thomaswick intends to learn as much as possibly wherever life takes him. After he graduates, he will complete an internship with KPMG International Limited, one of the Big Four accounting organizations. Eventually, he says he’d like to become involved in animal sanctuary work, another one of his passions.