From a young age, Andrew has loved to travel. His earliest excursions were tourist trips to France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Later trips branched out to Thailand, Colombia, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Australia, though those focused more on mountaineering and providing medical aid. 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 learning French when at a young age, and has continued to hone his fluency ever since. Andrew has visited France six times to date, most recently to teach English to primary schoolers.
Though eternally grateful for his traveling experiences, Andrew’s favorite trips have been 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 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.