June 12, 2023

Economics and Business major

from Charlotte, North Carolina

During his time at Hampden-Sydney, Tiger soccer player William Thornton ’23 forged strong bonds and discovered his many strengths, making the most of his time on the Hill and setting himself up for a bright future.

William Thornton standing in front of a soccer net“Soccer brought me to Hampden-Sydney,” William says. “Playing college soccer was an aspiration of mine, and at Hampden-Sydney, I realized that I could play for an excellent team and take advantage of everything else that the College offers.”

William’s hard work took him far on the soccer field. Playing at midfield, William was named to the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 ODAC All-Academic Team.

When he wasn’t on the soccer pitch, William made time to experience campus life: hanging out at the Tiger Inn with his Sigma Nu fraternity brothers, playing golf, working out at TigerRec, and of course a bit of studying in between. William also actively sought out various extracurricular activities to complement his academic pursuits. As a result, he took on the role of manager of the Hampden-Sydney TigerFund, served as vice president of Phi Beta Lambda, interned at the Ferguson Career Center, and acted as a senior liaison to career education.

Many of William's extracurricular activities leaned toward his interest in finance, which William recalls having a major influence on his academic journey early on.

William Thornton standing in front the CareerCenter“When I arrived in 2019, I was torn between economics and business and pre-med," William recalls. However, in my first semester, I realized that I had a natural inclination towards and interest in the economics and business department, so I focused on finance courses and extracurriculars within the department.”

William credits Hampden-Sydney with providing him with the necessary tools and opportunities to build his skillset and confidence to pursue his economic and business goals without reservation. These tools have been provided through academics and a powerful sense of connectedness throughout the campus and beyond. He encourages other students to take advantage of these tools as well.

“Lean on the Rhetoric Program and diverse liberal arts skills that you will acquire during your time on the Hill,” William says. “Hampden-Sydney students stand out for their ability to communicate effectively and work harder than anyone else after college.”

Armed with practical experience, foundational knowledge, and the work ethic of a Hampden-Sydney man, William is taking his talents to New York City to join the First Citizens Bank Real Estate Financial group, an exciting opportunity to continue his interests and passions.

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