CSU boasts a White House intern

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David Anderson, a senior finance and economics major at Chicago State University, has been working for several weeks in the front office of management and administration at the White House.

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David Anderson, a senior finance and economics major at Chicago State University, has been working for several weeks in the front office of management and administration at the White House.

“It’s really hard to describe the feeling of being around the White House day to day,” says Anderson, a lifelong South Sider whose impressive resume includes serving as the student representative to the CSU Board of Trustees and a student member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

“There is always some amazing opportunity taking place. I feel very lucky to be chosen and honored to be among such great people,” he said.

The 26-year-old’s road to the White House took many turns: He dropped out of the University of Illinois to deal with family issues. He eventually enrolled at Chicago State’s College of Business where he’s thrived academically, and he has assumed numerous leadership positions and interned on Wall Street.

“The irony of David’s trajectory at Chicago State is that nontraditional students like him don’t count,” said CSU President Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D. “Age-old metrics, which only count first-time, full-time freshmen, a small segment of our student body, don’t factor in transfer students like David who comprise a huge portion of our student body. David is emblematic of the care and nurturing our faculty gives to nontraditional students whose life circumstances don’t conform to orthodox systems of measurement. CSU proudly counts David.”

Watson added, “We are proud of what David has accomplished during his undergraduate career. We have high hopes for his continued education and career prospects. Not only is David academically gifted, he’s a decent man with a heart for his family and community. It gets no better than that.”

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