Senior Griffith "Griff" Anderson is an Economics major with a minor in Business from Orlando, FL. As a four year member and seasoned pitcher of the Gyrene's Baseball team, Griff has always sought to succeed on the baseball field and in the classroom. He loves to travel with friends, his Boxer, Buddy, and describes himself as hard worker with an easy-going attitude. He is family oriented, driven, and desires to be the best version of himself. We were able to sit down with Griff and ask him a few questions about life as a student-athlete.
Hey, Griff! Tell us why you chose Economics as your major.
I chose my major because I really enjoy Economics, as it relates to the real motives that drive people and therefore the rest of the world. Economics happen in our daily lives but not often do we think about the underlying reasons why things happen the way they do. In addition, Economics in general is more of a quantitative field which is important for the line of work I want to get into.
What are your plans after graduation?
Right after graduation, I'm traveling all over Europe with a good friend of mine, which should be a lot of fun. We are going to Spain, France, England, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, and Greece!
My buddy and I have been planning on doing a trip like this for a while, so we could go and see the things we've always wanted to before our lives get too hectic and we never get the chance.
What I plan on doing once I get back from traveling is to get into a private equity firm and then hopefully one day run a firm of my own.
What do you like most about traveling? Do you have a favorite country?
I think what I like most is the culture. When you go to a different place and learn about how they live their lives and how different it is from ours, it is the coolest thing.
My favorite place I’ve ever been to so far is Costa Rica, because of its beautiful landscape and rich culture.
On a more professional note, what is a private equity firm and why are you interested in working for one?
A private equity firm is a company who invests and provides financing for other companies by either purchasing the company or owning a stake in the company. Each private equity firm typically has a preferred method of investing that they specialize in.
I've always been interested in finance and believe that working at a PE firm would allow me to further my interests in the most engaging and exciting way possible.
How are you getting closer to your goal of working for a private equity firm?
Currently, I'm doing an Internship with Macke Financial here in Ave. However, I've also done internships with Trinity Trading Group and RhinoShield Gulf South in the past.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
The best piece of advice I have ever received was from my Dad who told me, "work like you're being over paid and good things will happen."
How is the "student-athlete" life? How do you balance classes, practice, homework, games, and travel?
The best way for me to balance being a student and an athlete is to really stay on top of my day and to plan it out.
It's amazing how much wasted time you realize you've spent in a day when you sit down and write down all that you have done and the time you've spent. If you organize your day from start to finish with allotted time slots, you can get more done than what you thought possible.
Tell us what it's like to be a part of AMU's Baseball team. What's your favorite memory?
Baseball at AMU has been great! I have a lot of good memories, but my favorite has to be when we went to Webber International University to watch a football game and compete in different event against their baseball team.
Why did you choose Ave?
I came to Ave for baseball and great academics. I also chose to come here because it is relatively close to home, so I can see my family often.
What was your most rewarding college experience?
My most rewarding college experience has to be my impending graduation. To finish four years of college is quite an accomplishment in my book!
Where does your motivation come from, both athletically and academically?
Life is about constant self improvement and becoming the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. So for me, the desire to become the best I can be is what drives me.
In light of your motivation to strive for the best version of yourself, how have your goals and dreams changed throughout your life?
The only way my goals and dreams have changed throughout my life is that they've only gotten bigger. The older I have gotten the more I have realized you can truly accomplish anything you want.
Right now, my goal is to become a successful business owner in the future and hopefully run a private equity company of my own.