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Multiple opportunities led Anderson to a future career

STATISTICS


Name: Jordan Anderson

college: College of Business

specialty: Accounting

Age: 21

Classification/year: Senior

Hometown: Greenville, North Carolina

Hobbies Interests: Strength and conditioning, travel, spending time outdoors, watching movies.

Clubs and organizations: Beta Alpha Psi President, Beta Gamma Sigma Vice President, COB Dean’s Student Leadership Council, Business Scholar, Chancellor’s Associate.


FAVORITES


Favorite terrain: Hall of Champions

Favorite Place on Campus: Beit Building

Favorite place to eat: Hibachi Japan

Favorite class: ACCT 4991 Topics in Accounting during which I conducted an accounting survey with my faculty mentor regarding student and professional perceptions of CPA Evolution.

Professor who influenced you the most: Dr. Linda Quick


MOTIVATIONS


Dream jobs: (1) A chief financial officer of a corporation, (2) a partner of a public accounting firm, or (3) a professor of accounting (after obtaining a Ph.D.)

Role model: Angela Anderson – my mother

Your words to live by: Don’t try so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out.r

What advice do you have for other students? Tune in. The connections you make and the opportunities you experience are unforgettable and irreplaceable.

What’s great about ECU that you wish you knew in your first year? ECU alumni are extremely successful, maintain an international presence, and are so eager to help current ECU students succeed.

When you think back on the past 3 1/2 years at East Carolina University, the word that sums up Jordan Anderson’s experience is opportunity.

The Greenville native plans to leave Pitt County to attend college; however, meetings with faculty in the Honors College and College of Business changed her mind and showed her all the opportunities and community support that would be available to her.

“I thought, wow, I can really see myself here, making a difference and growing over these years,” she said.

Now, as she prepares to walk across the stage to receive her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting, Anderson is preparing for the next step in her career: an internship in Charlotte with Ernst and Young, one of the Big Four accounting firms.

Working for a firm is one of the many paths Anderson is considering after graduating from college and becoming a CPA. She is also interested in pursuing her doctorate and potentially becoming a professor, a career path that opened up after working with Dr. Linda Quick to complete her signature honors project.

“Coming into freshman year, I was really nervous about it and I didn’t know what it was,” she said. “Now that I’ve done it, it’s probably my favorite thing I’ve done at ECU. My mentor for this project is still my mentor for everything I do.

Another favorite experience was her time on the College of Business Dean’s Student Leadership Council, which led to a trip to New York to experience a business environment outside of North Carolina.

“It showed me that there are so many possibilities,” she said. “I wasn’t scared. I felt ready to pursue these opportunities because of my experience at ECU.”

Anderson also studied abroad for two weeks in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France.

“It made me feel more comfortable trying new experiences because it was so out of my comfort zone because I didn’t have friends who were into it,” she said. “I came out of it with great friends and great memories. It showed me that I was capable of more than I thought.”

The investment ECU made in her and her fellow students is one of the things Anderson is most grateful for.

“Looking at high school Jordan and now college senior Jordan, they’re completely different people. I feel much more comfortable and confident in myself and what I had to do personally and professionally. … What I tell all my friends who are considering ECU is that it’s a small school with a big school feel and big school opportunities.”

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