From a young age, Andrew has loved to travel. His earliest excursions were tourist trips to countries like France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Later trips branched out to countries on other continents, including Thailand, Colombia, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Australia, though they focused more on providing medical aid and mountaineering. Each journey has provided him with its own set of unforgettable memories, and has further fueled his drive to connect with others.
Andrew is American-born, but considers himself a citizen of the world; some of his greatest pleasures include immersing himself in different ways of life and finding common ground with others. He finds that one of the most effective ways to facilitate these goals is through language. He began to learn French when he was twelve, and has continued to hone his fluency ever since. He’s visited France six times to date, most recently to teach English to primary schoolers for seven months.
Though eternally grateful for all of his traveling experiences, Andrew’s favorite trips have been those to the mountains. In tenth grade, he was inspired by Michael Crichton’s memoir, Travels, to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. In July of 2013, he and his father summited successfully. Over the next five years, they climbed Mount Elbrus, the highest point in Europe, Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, Cotopaxi, the highest mountain in Ecuador, and Mount Kosciuszko, the highest point in Australia. They are currently making plans to climb Denali, the highest peak in North America, in the summer of 2019, to check off another of the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each continent.