Evangel Profile

Danny Sebastian (’11): Grant Thornton tax associate

February 13, 2012

A man who once had his foot in three different academic departments at Evangel University, Danny Sebastian’s ability to work hard has never been in question. Now all of that focused effort is paying off. Less than nine months removed from receiving his undergraduate degree, Danny works as a tax associate for America’s fifth largest accounting firm, Grant Thornton in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After graduating from Evangel in May of 2011 with a double major in Accounting and Biblical Studies and a minor in French, Sebastian set his sights on the CPA exam, which he passed in November. He is currently working on building enough hours in the field to become licensed. Danny’s competence in accounting allows him to keep up with his associates, many of whom have received more years of education. “I work alongside graduates of Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Arkansas, most of whom have their master’s degree,” he says, “yet I still feel like my education at Evangel measures up and that I have been adequately prepared for the work I am doing.”

Danny stresses the fact that while Evangel offers a quality education, it also allows people of the same mind to engage and strengthen each other. “Without question, I had the pleasure of spending my time at EU with some of the most incredibly gifted, intelligent and fun people who were fully devoted to Jesus.  The relationships that I built will last a lifetime.”

In fact, Danny credits the connections he made with Evangel alumni for helping him land his current job at Grant Thornton. Fellow Evangel alumnus Matt Watson (’04) and an audit manager for Grant Thornton visited Evangel’s campus during Homecoming when Sebastian was a senior and conducted several interviews on campus. Sebastian’s interview led to a follow-up visit and eventual job offer. Sebastian also received a reference from another EU alumnus working at Grant Thornton, Brandon Porter (’10). These references are relied upon heavily when the firm makes hiring decisions, says Sebastian.

Now an alumnus himself, the former director of CROSSwalk and tutor at the Evangel Academic Support Center encourages current and prospective students to seek out positive Christian relationships. He says, “You must place yourself in a position where you can increase your intellect and continue to sharpen the skills that have been given you, but at the same time also be around others who will help you re-imagine how you can use those skills and your gift in order that the Lord’s Kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven.”

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