In October, Akemi was interviewed as part of a Strictly Business Magazine article featuring five alumni from SUNY Plattsburgh who chose to settle down and start their careers in the Plattsburgh area after graduating.
Read Akemi's excerpts below:
Akemi Chen traveled nearly 7,000 miles from her home in Japan to attend SUNY Plattsburgh. She majored in International Business, graduating in 1999. She is currently a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor and Financial Paraplanner at Clute Wealth Management.
Why did you choose SUNY Plattsburgh?
I am from Japan originally and I saw immense opportunities to experience college life and American culture at SUNY Plattsburgh as there were fewer international students in attendance vs. areas like New York City.
Why did you decide to remain in the North Country after graduation?
The cost of living is reasonable. I was able to save money to travel around the world and to have amazing cultural experiences while I was working and raising children. I might not have had as many opportunities, if I returned home.
We know we're thankful that Akemi chose to settle down here and eventually become part of the Clute Wealth Management team!
Credit for Akemi's photo goes to Jessica McCafferty.