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July 16, 2021

Count on Deon


Greensboro native Deon McFarland ’24 navigated his first year — amid the pandemic — with ease. A wide receiver on the Guilford College football team and an amateur photographer, he balances well his studies in Accounting with his extra-curricular activities.

“I chose Guilford because of its small class sizes. I think I learn better that way. My accounting class in high school had only nine students. Here there are 15, and I felt that that would be a good fit for me.”

Deon McFarland '24
Accounting major

“It was really fun being able to play football this season because a lot of other schools canceled their season. And it was pretty nice to play in the spring instead of waiting for another year,” he said.

Course of Study

First, Deon considered majoring in Education Studies. At Page High School he was part of a program where he worked as a teacher’s assistant for elementary school students, helping with basic reading and writing skills. 

Once at Guilford, he decided that Accounting is a better fit. As it turns out, in high school, he had also taken a course in accounting, an experience that informed his college choice. 

“I chose Guilford because of its small class sizes,” he explains. “I think I learn better that way. My accounting class in high school had only nine students. Here there are 15, and I felt that that would be a good fit for me.” 

And there’s one more thing that stood out to him at Guilford. “I also liked the food!”

Goal Posts

So far, Deon has joined the Black Student Union and interns as a videographer in the College’s Marketing Department. This summer, he planned to find a bank teller position to get some accounting experience. After graduation, his goal is to become a forensic accountant.

He’d also like to keep sports photography as a hobby. “It's something I can build on,” he says. “I think that’s really cool, taking pictures and videos of athletes in play. I know what they look for in their photos because I’m an athlete, too.”

So what wisdom has he gained so far at Guilford? “Accounting is a tough subject, but just stick with it and learn the basics. It’s going to be really good for you in the long run.” 

Plus, he (like many Guilfordians!) also highly recommends the pizza in the Dining Hall. “It’s very good!”

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