Before college, Andi was briefly the youngest person in the country running a marketing consulting business, creating campaigns and promotional pieces for small businesses from coast to coast. She was quoted in many major international media outlets – including Yahoo! News, Sydney Morning Herald, Los Angeles Times, and many others – speaking on marketing, running a business, and Generation Y.
Currently, Andi is an honors program student at Park University, double-majoring in Broadcasting and Public Relations, with a minor in Leadership Studies. She is the editor for The Stylus Newspaper, and a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society.
She currently has three paid internships (one in foodservice marketing, one in confection product development & marketing, and one in capital campaign work).
This past summer, Andi went to the eastern African country Uganda on a Peace Journalism scholarship. She stayed for a month and taught lessons on ethical reporting to local broadcasters. She also produced her own broadcast stories while she was there, and one of them – a radio piece on the Gulu-area water crisis – has led to independent fundraisers in the United States to build a well in the village.
In high school, Andi was a member of the invitation-only Young Playwrights Roundtable at the Coterie Theatre, recently named one of the top 5 theatres for young people by Time Magazine. Several of her pieces were added to the standard acting seminar curriculum at the Coterie Theatre and a high school in Kansas City, Kansas. Additionally, her works were professionally produced at several local venues.
Andi won the Writer Digest Magazine’s Young Writer Award as a teenager, and never stopped writing since. She has won many awards for her work in journalism, as well as her leadership skills.
In a recent anonymous peer review, her classmates used these words to describe Andi: Determined. Intelligent. Strong. Entertaining.
She loves community service, nonprofit organizations, strong espresso, post-conflict development journalism, world travel, and stories. Andi hopes someday someone will pay her to travel the world.