When Joe Curry was 10 years old, he was convinced he'd become a corporate lawyer. From the town of Stringer, Miss. (population 1,860) Joe always wanted a taste of big business, and he thought the law would be his avenue.
His first exposure to a large company came during his senior year of high school, when he arrived at
“The overall highlight was meeting so many different individuals who are doing influential things at such a young age," Joe recalled. “Being that young and never having been exposed to a facility of that size was overwhelming in a positive sense. I didn’t want to leave. That was my first step into seeing bigger things and broadening my horizons.”
This exposure provided Joe with sense of comfort and confidence in future interactings with the corporate world. “I’ve been to
When Joe started at the University of Mississippi the following fall, seeing the welcoming and familiar faces of Coke Scholars offered a similar comfort as he transitioned from a small town to a big school.
There, he discovered his passion was not, in fact, corporate law, but accounting, which still enabled him to engage large-scale businesses. He now works as an accountant in Miami, while pursuing a Masters of Accounting degree.
Joe also appears as himself in The
During the shoot, he harnessed that excitement felt during his own
Thinking about the doors the scholarship opened and the impactful friends he’s made through the Scholars network, Curry concludes, “The scholarship itself is great, but the experience of that weekend will last a lifetime.”
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