Andrew W.

Graduate Recipient

"As you pursue your dreams of higher education, describe what changes you would like to see in the CF community. What steps would you take to initiate these changes?"

With new treatments, medication, and technology, the CF world has momentum and history on its side; the present is truly an exciting time. When I was a child years ago, however, things were different. I was told that ‘the world is your oyster’ – which seemed impossible for a CFer. How could the world be mine for the taking when I already carried so much baggage of treatments, appointments, and responsibilities beyond my years? Because of this baggage, cystic fibrosis gives a person a unique perspective on the world. It is this perspective that can be shared with others and allow others to grow. Over the years, I have packed up my bags (and nebulizers and medication) and headed to distant places where I shared my stories and learned from others. I would like for all of us in the CF community to become more aware of the world around us and internationalize ourselves. I like to think of myself as a global citizen who is not limited by my diagnosis. In business school, I will be working to develop language and communication programs abroad, and I hope to create an international language-learning exchange with volunteer opportunities. As empowered global citizens, I would encourage my fellow CFers to take advantage of this initiative or other similar ‘big picture’ projects. Rather than being afraid or hindered by our condition, our community should look outwards, and my work in business school will play a part in developing these global opportunities.


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Andrew W.'s Achievements

  • Member of Tallahassee Integrity (LGBT & Allies Christian Organization)
  • Board Member, Alliance Francaise de Tallahassee (2015)
  • Eucharistic Minister, St. John's Episcopal Church
  • Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament Reader - North Florida & South Georgia region
  • Professional Presentation, CIES: Using Effective Classroom Management (2014)
  • Foreign and Second Language Acquisition, Mentor for Graduate Teaching Assistants (4 times)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Foreign Language Certificate Program, Mentor for Teachers in Training (10 times)
  • Professional Presentation, CIES: Using phonetics and phonology in an IEP classroom (2017)
  • Volunteer with It's Meow or Never for Feral Cats
  • Full-time employment: Faculty at the Florida State University Center for Intensive English Studies