Carl Anderson, BSBA, Accounting, 2014

Looking East
Suffolk Junior Working on His Passion for Business … and China

When he was awarded an exclusive scholarship last November to spend eight months in China, Carl Anderson remembers thinking of it as an important step in fulfilling a longtime dream: to practice business in one of the world’s most rapidly expanding economies.

“I’m always looking to connect to people on various levels, and learning Chinese is essential to connecting with a country much different from my own,” says Anderson, an accounting major from St. John, New Brunswick. “Therefore, going to China is the first step towards becoming fluent. Once I do that, I am paving the way for numerous opportunities that may present themselves in the future.”

One opportunity is graduate school, but Anderson hasn’t ruled out entering the workforce immediately and pursuing an advanced degree once he has a little experience under his belt. He’s open to working for either a large corporation or a nonprofit, either locally or in abroad. Wherever he ends up, Anderson says he “will be working to make the world a better place.”

But first, China. Anderson will be traveling to Xi’an, China, to study the language, having been named a Fulbright-Hays Scholar. He credits Suffolk professors Christopher Dakin and Suh-Jen Yang for fueling his passion for China, and adds that professors Thomas Whalen and Brigitte Muehlmann have become his accounting mentors.

“Both the faculty and the students I have met have helped moved me forward in some way or another,” says Anderson, who adds that his criteria in choosing a school included a central location, opportunities for personal growth, and financial value. “After asking myself these three questions, I found that Suffolk University was where I wanted to attend.”