Brian VandenBerg’23
Mason City, Iowa
Brian VandenBerg

Ace financier

When Brian came to Northwestern, he was not certain about his choice of major. After taking classes in business and accounting, he realized numbers were his specialty. Brian competes for the Red Raider tennis team, works as a tutor in the Peer Learning Center and serves as the Investment Club’s vice president.

Confirming his choice
When I was deciding what to major in, my mom gave me a pamphlet that listed the programs Northwestern offered. She told me to cross out the ones that did not seem interesting to me, and the only programs I left uncrossed were business–finance and economics. Fortunately, I was able to take classes in these programs my first year at Northwestern. This really helped confirm my choice of majors. My first accounting class also affirmed my passion for numbers, so I added a minor in accounting.

Relevant to the real world
One of the things I most appreciate about the Northwestern business department is its commitment to excellence and student understanding. The faculty push students to really understand what we are learning, not just memorize it. They also teach relevant material that is applicable to the real world. I know my professors want to help me be prepared for life following college. Investment Club and Business Club also provide opportunities to learn and apply business knowledge in a more relaxed setting.

An excellent experience
Northwestern’s education and facilities are exceptional and have allowed me to grow and experience success in both finance and athletics. I’ve also learned that my faith can extend beyond the church setting to everyday life and working with finances. Everyone here—students, faculty, staff and coaches—does their part to make the Northwestern experience truly enjoyable.