Allison Holmes
Allison Holmes is a Journalism major emphasizing in Strategic Communications and a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She is pictured at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Oct. 24, 2019. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri

At press time, Allison Holmes, BJ ’19, was set to graduate in December with a second bachelor’s degree (business administration). She’ll leave the place where she served as the president of the Epsilon Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a leader in the National Association of Black Journalists Alé student chapter, a site leader for Mizzou Alternative Breaks and a member of the Alumni Association Student Board. And where she befriended seemingly half of campus.

She is headed to Seattle where she’ll work as a product marketing manager for Microsoft.

Her growth on campus started as soon as she arrived. A self-described shy kid from Sugar Land, Texas, Holmes was determined to get involved right away. Her grandmother, mother and older sister are all Delta Sigma Theta Sorority members, so Holmes started there. More than just accepting her as a member, her new sisters recruited her to be chapter president during her senior year. Holmes says she was shocked: “They said, ‘We see these leadership attributes in you. We want to push you to do this.’ ”

Apparently, Microsoft saw the same qualities. After completing an internship with the company last summer, she landed a full-time job and was placed in their competitive ACE Rotation Program for promising new employees. “You never know where life can take you,” she says. “I’m always pushing to do my best work, putting myself out there and not limiting myself.”

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