I Am Elon with Sean Barry '16

A self-described “salesman for Elon,” the accounting major enjoys showing off the campus he loves to visitors in his role as an admissions tour guide.

By Kim Walker

A campus tour guide, Sean Barry ’16 lights up when he leads a group into the Koury Business Center. “This is my very favorite building on campus,” the accounting major proudly says.

Originally interested in a career in finance, Sean recalls watching classmates in an introductory accounting class struggle through the work and thinking to himself, “Wow, I’m actually loving this.” A major in accounting became the clear choice for him, and he plans to use those skills as an entrepreneur after graduation.

Many of Sean’s experiences at Elon have blended fortuitously. As a Leadership Fellow, he was grouped with students who became his best friends. As junior class president, he is realizing a newfound passion, the Student Government Association. The Delta Upsilon fraternity offered him a nice fit within Greek life, and he even bowls with Campus Recreation.

“The best part of being a student here is the abundance of opportunities Elon gives students,” he says. “I have found what I love and things that make me happy here.”

During Winter Term, Sean spent more than 20 hours a week working in the Office of Admissions, mostly walking visitors around campus. Recently he ran into a student who told him how significant the tour was in his decision to come to Elon. “I’m a salesman for Elon, selling something I truly love, and it’s really gratifying to hear those success stories,” he says.

I Am Elon is a multimedia series by The Magazine of Elon featuring Elon students in their own words.