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Alum joins Angola accounting firm
Luke Andrews describes advantages of an accounting degree program at Huntington University, a Christian college.

“To excel in any area of life, it’s all about how you relate to people."

Heading into college, Luke Andrews felt unsure about which major to pursue. His father worked as an accountant and encouraged him to consider that field. Andrews, a math wiz, did like numbers after all.

“Why not?” he thought. “I’ll give it a shot.”

Immediately, he fell in love with accounting. The major suited him perfectly.

Andrews, a 2009 accounting graduate from Greenwood, Ind., moved to Angola, Ind., after graduation. He then joined Christen Souers LLC, an accounting firm in Angola, on a full-time basis as a staff accountant — the same firm with which he interned his junior year of college.

At Christen Souers, Andrews prepares financial statements for local businesses and processes payroll tax returns. He also handles personal and business tax returns.

He landed the internship and later the job after taking an auditing class with a former adjunct professor at Huntington University. Luke Funk, an accountant with Christen Souers, had a pleasant experience working with HU student interns and asked Andrews to join his firm as an intern during J-term.

“After I completed the internship, I would continue meeting with the partners every once in awhile for lunch,” Andrews said. “They had an opening with their firm around the time I graduated. The partners knew I was familiar with the area so they asked me to come on board.”

Andrews cherishes the skills he learned at HU and applies them to his current position. One-on-one conversations with his accounting professors helped to build relationships, and as a resident assistant during his sophomore and junior years at HU, he invested in the lives of the men who lived on his floor. Those relational skills have carried over into his work with his clients at the firm.

On top of his accounting homework, Andrews stayed busy in college. He ran for the HU cross country team for four years and track for one year and also joined the accounting club and investment club.

Because of his time at Huntington, Andrews carries the concepts of community into his career. As his boss tells him, accounting is 10 percent numbers, 90 percent people.

“To excel in any area of life, it’s all about how you relate to people,” he said.

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