Andrew Bianco

Major: ChemistryAndrew Blanco

Minor: Psychology

Favorite quote: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” 

Biggest mistake as a first-year student? What did you learn? My biggest mistake as a first-year was getting overinvolved as a student. I am definitely a "yes man" and spread myself way too thin between academics, work, involvement and my social life. In doing this, I learned how to effectively manage my time and began saying no to opportunities on campus. It helped me to define healthy boundaries in my life and to find what I am truly passionate about and where I want to focus my time.

How did you choose your major? I chose my major four separate times. I went from math to Spanish to neuroscience and finally to chemistry. At the end of the day, it is about what career that will give you the most fulfillment in your life and which major fits that. Through talking to my academic advisors and talking to my organization advisors, I was able to discover what I want to do with my life and what major-minor combination would pair to get me to that goal.

What has been your best experience at BW? My best experiences have definitely been through the study abroad office. The staff are so friendly and welcoming. They are ready to help students find the perfect study abroad experience for them. During my time in Guatemala, I discovered so much about myself and what is means to be a global citizen. Being one of the student interns in the office, the study abroad office has truly shaped who I am as an individual.

Favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is definitely the third floor of the Conservatory. There is a room that overlooks the front of the Conservatory, and you can see Marting Hall from it. On sunny days it is absolutely beautiful and makes for a great place to watch the sunset.

Best piece of advice given to you? I would say do not put too much pressure on your student. College can be stressful, so being a support system for your student during this time is extremely important. This is a pivotal moment in their life and establishing this new relationship is very important for them.

One thing you want the incoming students to know as they get ready for their summer orientation experience? Come into this experience with an open mind! It is a great opportunity to meet friends and learn more about the resources offered on our campus. Also, be your most authentic self. College is a time for a fresh start and to make new connections, so come into it being yourself and ready to start your college career.