Learning inside the classroom is great. Learning outside of the classroom, in another country, is even better - especially when you get to enjoy Italian gelato!
Andrew Fuentes '13 took full advantage of learning and leadership opportunities both on campus and abroad while at Queens.
He selected Queens because of its inviting atmosphere and vast international opportunities; the majority of Queens' students study abroad during their junior year. Andrew was determined to do even more.
An Adventuring Spirit
He earned the school's International Adventurer Scholarship, a grant given to students participating in language-immersion or study abroad programs. He was able to spend a summer in Florence, Italy, perfecting his Italian while living with a host family. Later he spent a semester abroad on the Sunshine Coast of Australia.
"Perhaps my greatest lesson was that we are all just people in the world, with likes and dislikes, things that make us tick, and reservations that could keep us from experiencing what the world has to offer"
- Andrew Fuentes ’13
He noted that gaining insight into people of other cultures helped his coursework as an international studies and dual language major in French and Italian.
Yet, when Andrew was on campus he wasn't taking it easy. He sang in chamber choir, was a leader in student government, served as a member of the Honor Council, participated in Model United Nations, and was active in Greek Life. Now living in Washington, D.C., Andrew in October joined the staff of Honorable John Dingell who is a House Representative from Michigan, and the current Dean of the House.
Bonds of Brotherhood
He attributes much of his on-campus success to his fraternity experience with Pi Kappa Phi. "I owe my leadership skills to my fraternity," he said. "The love and support of my brothers has always encouraged me to search for leadership opportunities."
Andrew also enjoyed the encouragement of his faculty. "I know that my academic success is largely due to the excellent guidance of my advisor, Dr. Alexa Royden. Our meetings would frequently develop into long discussions about where my life was going. When I describe this to friends at other universities, they are amazed. They compare it to their own ten-minute conversations with their advisors."