In the Atrium with Sam Andersen
Sam Andersen has a lot of interests: skiing, traveling, listening to Maroon 5, eating steak with French fries, and watching The West Wing on Netflix. But apart from that, this BYU senior really loves finance.
Growing up in Brigham City, Utah, Andersen loved having money to buy the things he wanted, such as new video games or a season pass to Lagoon. But as he grew older, Andersen’s decision to pursue a finance degree no longer stemmed from what money could do for him, but from what money could do for others.
“As I grew up I saw people who managed their money well and were able to bless the lives of others in amazing ways,” Andersen says. “For example, the Carnegie family has been able to continue giving indefinitely through all the libraries that their fortune founded. Financial means is one of many ways to give service, and it’s a way that can outlive me if I do it right.”
Andersen, who is majoring in Finance and Spanish, has done a lot in his twenty-three years. He’s visited seventeen different countries on four different continents, served a mission in Peru, and interned at a microfinance bank in Bolivia.
“I saw an ad on Hulu for a nonprofit called Vittana which helped microfinance banks fund student loans in developing nations,” Andersen says. “And I thought that this was a group doing what I wanted to do, that uses the principles of finance to better people’s lives.”
Andersen currently serves as copresident of the BYU Finance Society, one of the largest clubs on campus, which helps students from all majors find jobs in finance.
“We are a fun club, but the primary goal of the club is to place kids in top jobs,” Andersen says. “We have résumé workshops, interview prep, mentoring programs, recruiting trips, and other things so that students can get to know people and acquire the skills they need to get the internship or full-time position they want.”
Thanks in no small part to the club, Andersen secured an internship this past summer with Bain and Company, where he will be working full-time after he graduates in April. Now he is spending his senior year giving back in thanks for all the help he received as a finance major and BYU Finance Society member.
“The finance students are great people,” Andersen says. “And the finance professors are incredible. They have a wealth of experience and are genuinely interested in the success of the students. I don’t know a single professor in the program that’s not willing to sit down and look over a résumé or review materials with students who need help understanding something.”
When asked what advice he’d give to other finance students, Andersen’s answer is succinct.
“Work hard and get involved with those clubs!”