When Steven Archibald was 10 years old, he and his family moved to the United States from England, settling in Northern Virginia. Not long after finishing high school, Archibald became a naturalized U.S. citizen and now holds dual citizenship in England and the United States.
While considering life after high school, Archibald decided he first wanted to serve his country and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
“I wanted to travel and I wanted to experience adventure, but I also felt that serving one’s country was an important thing to do,” Archibald said.
During his five years of service, Archibald was a Seabee – a member of one of the construction battalions of the Civil Engineer Corps whose primary mission is to provide continuing construction in a war zone. Seabees also conduct humanitarian missions worldwide, including earthquake and hurricane recovery efforts. During his time in the Navy, Archibald was deployed to Iraq, South Korea and Guam.
After completing his service, Archibald knew he wanted to obtain a business degree. He looked closely at business programs around Virginia, but after talking to friends who attended Radford University and learning about the high-quality programs in the College of Business and Economics, he made his choice.
“Radford University was definitely the best fit for me,” he said. “I not only benefit from the smaller class sizes but also I can take advantage of all the resources available, including the outstanding professors and now the amazing new business building.”
Archibald is financing his education thanks to the GI Bill.
“The GI Bill really enables me to focus on school as if it were a job,” he said. “After working construction for five years in the Navy, I feel that I have a better understanding of what a college degree can do for me, and therefore, I don’t intend to waste any opportunity to learn something that will help me succeed.”
Once he completes his degree in finance and management, Archibald hopes to attend graduate school to obtain an MBA.
“I’m learning as much as possible about all the facets of the finance industry before I make a decision about my future, but international finance, insurance or real estate all seem like good career routes for me.”
Note: Steven Archibald was photographed in the new College of Business and Economics trading room, which was designed to simulate an actual financial operations center.