Meet Andrew

Senior, Computer Engineering

Academic Program for Excellence (APEX) Scholar
George Washington Carver (GWC) Scholar
APEX Peer Mentor



Where are you from?

Matteson, Illinois

What are your career aspirations?

I’d like to obtain my Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, then work for a company doing back end or software development.


What advice do you have for future ISU multicultural students?

Come in and get involved! I strongly believe that finding a community or support group is crucial for happiness and success. It’s how I was able to truly find my voice and become comfortable here. Also, don’t be afraid to seek resources, guidance, or help from anyone, including your peers. You’re not going to know how to do everything. There will be people who know how to do things better than you and that’s ok! Don’t sit there and struggle just because you’re afraid of judgment you think they’ll have of you.   

What does it mean to you to be a APEX Scholar?  What advice do you have for new APEX Scholars?

Being an APEX scholar means that people see potential for greatness in me and that I must aim to become a leader and to succeed in anything I do, not just for myself, but for those who see something in me also. Future APEX scholars, I advise you to push yourself to lead or do as much as you can, learn from your failures instead of being discouraged by them, and not to be afraid to be yourself.


What have you gained from your involvement as an APEX Peer Mentor?

I’ve gained and developed my ability to be a good leader by organizing meetings and providing my mentees with a listening ear and someone they can go to when seeking advice. I’ve also gained friendships and knowledge throughout my involvement. I love the fact that I’ve been able to be seen as both a mentor and a friend to new students.

What experiences have been most meaningful to you while a student?

My experiences in APEX and as a member of the National Society of Black Engineers have been very meaningful to me because those organizations have surrounded me with people who are caring, encouraging, and passionate enough to reassure me that I am not going through difficult times alone and that I will get through them. Long talks and late nights with some of my friends have also been meaningful to me because those are times in which I’ve truly been able to find and be myself.