Andrew Hoverson, 29, is an enlisted Marine currently serving as chief instructor for the Marine Corps Security Force Close Quarters Battle School in Chesapeake, Virginia. He’s also a Penn State student majoring in Finance.
After eight years in the military, Hoverson said physical injuries prompted him to consider returning to college to train for a new career. Thanks to Penn State’s online World Campus, he didn’t have to wait.
“I wanted a challenging experience that would give me the knowledge and skills I need to succeed,” Hoverson said. “Penn State was the obvious choice.”
A burgeoning interest in investing and financial planning made the Finance degree, which is administered by the Black School of Business, an easy choice for Hoverson, too.
“Over the last eight years, I’ve found myself utilizing more and more of my free time to research financial markets and learn about investment strategies,” said Hoverson. “Having dislocated my shoulder fifteen times and dealing with various aches and pains associated with the life of an infantry Marine, finance looks pretty appealing for a career.”
While Virginia to Pennsylvania may seem a wide gap to bridge, Hoverson said he feels involved and included.
“I had a nagging fear that I might miss out on opportunities available to students on campus, but I’ve been surprised at the effort put forth by the University to include World Campus students.”
For example, Finance students studying through World Campus are invited to watch speaker events live on the Penn State Behrend Finance YouTube channel, and they have the same opportunity as a student in residence to ask questions of the speaker.
Soon, they’ll be participating in the Black School of Business’ Intrieri Student Managed Fund as analysts. Hoverson is currently participating in a pilot project for the fund through Adobe Connect. He also serves as the vice president for the Financial Management Association and participates in monthly meetings via Skype.
Next year, World Campus students will be able to participate in the regional CFA Institute Research Challenge in Pittsburgh. All of this is an effort by the school to make engagement in co-curricular activities an integral part of the learning experience for World Campus students.
Hoverson, who plans to graduate in 2018 and wants to work as an investment banking analyst or portfolio manager, said the Finance program offered through World Campus has exceeded his expectations.
“I already knew that Penn State was an exceptional institution, but now I know that World Campus is too,” he said. “Within the Finance major, I’ve found people eager to include me in events and organizations in any way they are able. It’s been a very fulfilling experience for me.”
To learn more about the Penn State Behrend Finance degree offered through World Campus, visit worldcampus.psu.edu.