Andrew Pipik

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Racine, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Accounting and Finance

Initially attracted to the school by the men’s golf team, Andrew Pipik has now graduated after a successful four years of accounting and finance at Carthage. Going “into every class with an open mind,” Andrew made many influential connections with his professors through Carthage’s small class sizes and engaged staff.

Andrew thanks Carthage’s strong business program for providing countless opportunities and knowledge and encourages others in his major to begin every day with an open and positive attitude. “What you put into it is what you will get out of it.”

“Honestly, every professor I had at Carthage has had a positive impact on my collegiate experience. The professors at Carthage are all very helpful and accessible, students can’t possibly ask for much more.”

Andrew Pipik, ’17

Career goal

“I aspire to be a financial analyst after graduating from Carthage, but I am keeping all options open at this point. I really enjoy analyzing financial ratios and statements so I am looking for a job involving that side of finance.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“Honestly, every professor I had at Carthage has had a positive impact on my collegiate experience. The professors at Carthage are all very helpful and accessible, students can’t possibly ask for much more.”

Favorite class

“I have enjoyed nearly every single one of my major specific courses. I try to go into every class with an open mind and I have always taken away something I will use going forward from every single class I have taken while at Carthage.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the Carthage College Men’s Golf team. Coach Roehl recruited me to play golf at Carthage, and I have had a great experience. I have established a bond with many of my teammates that I will undoubtedly carry with me the rest of my life. Playing sports or joining clubs with people in college who have similar interests as you is very important, because you will build relationships with teammates, coaches, and members that will last forever.”

Toughest class

“There are several tough classes I have taken at Carthage, simply because of the amount of time studying and work involved. There are two classes that I would classify as the toughest classes and they are Individual Taxation (ACC 3060) and Intermediate Accounting II (ACC 3020). Individual Taxation was difficult because the U.S. Tax Code is very complex, meaning you had to study a larger range of material. Intermediate Accounting II would be described as the toughest in terms of the heaviest workload.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I had an accounting and finance internship with Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin during the summer of 2017. It was a great experience because the corporate office was very small, enabling me to complete a wide variety of tasks and gain knowledge from top-level management. Gaining knowledge from the President and Vice President of Open Pantry will be very useful in my future endeavors because I now have a great grasp of all the necessary components it takes to run a successful business.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have given several presentations in my courses, including two stock valuations of Chesapeake Energy and Lululemon. Also, I gained quite a significant know-how in evaluating companies in the stock market, which obviously will help me as I go forward.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I have had so many great moments and memories while at Carthage it was impossible to come up with my favorite. The memories I share with my fellow classmates and teammates are endless. Ultimately, all the great memories and moments you share with your friends make the demanding times at college a whole lot easier.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is, unquestionably, the TARC. From the Semler Fitness Center to the golf room, whenever I came to the TARC I was able to take my mind off of schoolwork for just a little while.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far has been my professors. The relationships I have developed with several of my professors are incredible. They not only have helped shape me as a student, but they take a genuine interest in you as a person, which sets them above the rest. College is often viewed as an intimidating time in one’s life, but the professors at Carthage do an exceptional job at making you feel welcome and comfortable.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self thought it would be easy to be a professional football or basketball coach. Little did that 8-year-old know that I would be trying to get a job as a financial analyst. Maybe one day that dream will come true, but most likely that will be after I retire from my career in finance.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Other students should consider accounting and finance majors because of the opportunities those majors present to you when you enter the workforce. Students need to develop relationships to help them enter the workforce, and the professors at Carthage have a lot of great relationships with influential executives in the accounting and financial fields to help students receive job offers after graduating.”

“What you put into it is what you will get out of it. If you put in the work and develop relationships with people who will help you, the opportunities that you will be presented with at the end will make the hard work seem all very worth it.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because the school showed a great deal of interest in having me play golf. When I came out of high school, I had a strong desire to play golf collegiately and Carthage and Coach David Roehl gave me a chance to do so. Also, I knew I was going to school to study business, so once I saw the business school and how strong of a business program Carthage had, I knew it was the right place for me.”