Alonzo Chisolm finds time to give back

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Alonzo Chisolm

Alonzo Chisolm (’11) just knew.

Chisolm, of Irmo, S.C., earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, majoring in business management and minoring in communications and international studies.

He knew he would further his education, and he had little doubt in regard to the school of his choice.

“I was very pleased with my experience at Wake Forest during undergrad,” he says. “Along with a great education, I really enjoyed the sense of community.”

Chisolm graduates in May 2011, this time with a JD/MBA from the Wake Forest University schools of law and business. He learned as an undergraduate in the Calloway School that he wanted to do law but he really enjoyed the business aspect, which is why he chose to pursue the dual degree.

“Naturally, Wake Forest was at the top of my list when it came to choosing a law school,” he says. “When I visited the law school, I knew I would receive a great education, but I also enjoyed the people and the atmosphere. I knew then that Wake Forest School of Law was the place I wanted to be.”

At the law school, Chisolm was articles editor for the Journal of Law and Policy. During the summers he worked for Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC and in the legal department at BB&T. He also served as a summer law clerk in the office of the Rockingham County district attorney.

In August, Chisolm will begin his career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in New York after he takes the New York  Bar exam. “I’m going to be working in financial advisory services in a regulatory practice group using my law degree for business rather than the other way around,” he explained.

Wake Forest, he says, is a special place.

“There have been a lot of great moments during my time in law school,” he said. “The moments that tend to stick with me are the ones that that occur outside the classroom.”

As a first-year law student, Chisolm recalled time spent working on a project for Habitat for Humanity. He won’t forget the sense of community that originated and grew from the project, nor will he forget the dedication and commitment shown by the volunteers, who at the same time were experiencing the rigors of law school.

“I remember everyone in my class focusing intently on law school studies and working hard to stay on top of school work. It was great to see my classmates take time out of their busy schedules to help participate in a worthy cause. That experience reminded me that no matter how busy I am, there is always time to give back.”

And give back he did. While at Wake Forest, Chisolm said he was very involved in the Schools of Business’ Financial Literacy Program, through which he helped teach high school students how to manage their finances. And last year, he was a graduate hall director and managed the resident advisers.

“I was a mentor to students and I would like to get involved with more mentoring programs in the future,” he said. ”I’m not sure what the opportunities will be, but I want to be active. During my time at Wake Forest, I had some great mentors and they’ve been really, really good for me. I would love to hopefully give that back to students at Wake Forest in the future.”