Carlos Meza Amador is a Business major concentrating in International Business studies at CBU. Carlos is also a well-known soccer player, trilinguist, and world traveler, and this is his story.
CB: Where did you grow up? What was it like to grow up there?
CM: I grew up in four different cities in Mexico. It was a lot of fun, I made a lot of friends because of moving to different locations and I was always involved in sports.
CB: Why did you choose CBU?
CM: One of my dad’s best friends came to CBU. He is now in the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame. He played soccer and baseball and told me about CBU, so I contacted the soccer coach and that is how everything began.
CB: What motivated you to study International Business?
CM: I was an exchange student in Sweden during 2009-2010. I had the opportunity to travel to 12 different countries and that grew my interest in how different countries trade and do business among each other.
CB: I hear you are on the soccer team. In fact, you’ve been described as “a maniac on the field”! What do you enjoy most about playing soccer here at CBU?
CM: I consider myself a hard working player. That might be the reason of that description. I like discipline and commitment on the field. I really enjoy playing soccer at CBU because we have a good blend of players from different parts of the world, and because we are always trying to be a competitive team in the region.
CB: I understand you are completing an internship with Mueller Industries. What can you tell me about your internship, the business, how you got there, and what you’re learning in the process?
CM: It has been a great experience so far. Mueller Industries manufactures plumbing, HVAC, refrigeration, and industrial products. I got there through Career Services and alumni who did their internship there. I am learning about how the company works, the codes they use for orders, and how they ship the product. I am currently doing a market research in Egypt, trying to find potential customers for the company in the future. They treat me really well, and I do not have any complaint about the company.
CB: Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in, and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.
CM: My parents have always been mentors in my life. I always admired and I still admire them for everything they have done for me. They educated me in a great way that I will be always grateful for and I am proud of them.
CB: What are your plans and goals for life after college?
CM: I want to start my Master of Business Administration after I graduate. I still have another year of eligibility to play, so I might take that opportunity. If not, I would like to get a job and do my master’s at the same time.
CB: What is your favorite CBU memory?
CM: Being back-to-back Gulf South Conference Champions during my freshman and sophomore year.
CB: Looking back on your experiences, what advice would you give to a new student?
CM: Make the best out of your college experience. I heard this phrase a lot when I was a freshman, but I will encourage every student to make the best out the time here at CBU. Four years for me went really fast, so I will advise all new students to enjoy every day in their college experience.