UHV junior has goals in mind beyond soccer field

Drew Anderson has several goals in life and not just the ones he’s used to shooting for while playing for the University of Houston-Victoria men’s soccer team. 

Drew Anderson

The junior accounting major has attended UHV since 2012. Being offered a chance to play soccer while also earning a Bachelor of Business Administration was too good an offer to pass up, he said.

“I like it. It’s a small campus with a good environment, which helps me,” he said. “It’s definitely a good experience.”

Anderson, 21, graduated from Clear Brook High School in Houston and then attended Harding University in Arkansas before transferring to UHV. The decision to major in accounting came from past academic success in mathematics.

“Math has always been my best subject,” he said. “When I took accounting in high school, I liked it a lot. It related on a real-world perspective.”

Last month, Anderson participated in the Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition at TCU. Anderson and Kevin Dang, a University of Texas at Dallas student, partnered for the competition.

UHV was one of 49 universities at the competition. David Summers, a UHV associate professor of entrepreneurship, said while San Diego State won, Anderson and Dang did well.

“Kevin and Drew were high school friends in Houston,” Summers said. “They participated in the business plan competition and the elevator pitch competition. They presented themselves well and were great representatives for UHV. As the faculty sponsor, I helped where I could, but they actually had everything well in hand.”

Anderson said the experience of competing was memorable.

“We came up with a business idea, like on that show ‘Shark Tank,’” he said. “Then we presented our idea to a group of judges.”

Anderson said he expects to graduate in June 2016. He then would like to continue his education by attending graduate school at UH, although he is open to going straight into accounting.

“With some family and friends already working in the field, it should make transitioning into the workforce easier,” he said.

I am a Jaguar is an online feature highlighting the exceptional students who attend the University of Houston-Victoria. To nominate a student, contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications manager, or call 361-570-4296.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.