Andrew Mazzie, FCRH ’17 is a visual arts major, with marketing and psychology minors. Ever since he was young, Andrew loved to draw and paint. When deciding which career to pursue, he wanted to do something that he loved. He was not sure which field of art to continue his studies, so he decided to pick up marketing and psychology minors in order to become a graphic designer. He is looking forward to working on ad campaigns and website design, he said.
Andrew is from Bloomfield, New Jersey, and he was quick to point out the last scene of “The Sopranos” was shot there. His fondest childhood memories include his friends and him playing outside, especially in a nearby creek where he would try to catch snakes, salamanders and other animals.
As an active person on campus, Andrew spends most of his time juggling academic work and participating in several different student clubs and organizations. Any other limited free time is spent hanging out with friends, or re-reading his favorite book, East of Eden by John Steinbeck. He states that it is his favorite book because of its message. He loves the idea of making your own choices and that nothing is ever predetermined or set in stone.
Andrew cites Britney Spears as one of his pop culture inspirations. He uses her music to help him focus, or sometimes, as a source of creativity. He finds a lot of honorable things in her personality, especially during her breakdown in the mid-2000s. He admires her ability to recover and move on and prosper as an artist dedicated to all of her fans.
One of Andrew’s biggest commitments is his participation in Fordham Flava, one of the school’s most popular dance groups. This is Andrew’s second year in Fordham Flava, and he has really enjoyed being a part of it. He loves being part of a team and learning about hip-hop — a dance style that he has never performed before. Andrew likes his progress as a choreographer, and some of his moves are included in the groups’ dances. Fordham Flava recently recorded a video of its dance on a rooftop in Hell’s Kitchen.
Andrew is also part of the CAB General Board, which involves 40 members of the student body pitching activity ideas and helping them run successfully. CAB involves a lot of teamwork and compromise, especially when member do not agree. He is most proud of projects like the Christmas Fair and Trick-or-Treat street.
Andrew has been an orientation leader for transfer students the past two years, which he considers one of his most meaningful activities. He cites his poor orientation experience as the reason he joined the organization. He hopes to make the students’ orientation experience better each year. Andrew tries very hard to stay in touch with the students in his orientation group, which he states is a big and important commitment each year.
When he is not involved in these clubs, he tries to support his friends whenever he can, whether he attends a Ballroom Dance event, Cultural Affairs raffles or WAC events. Andrew also enjoys going to Manhattan to try new brunch restaurants. He has many recommendations for anyone who asks, so be sure to ask him if you are ever heading into the city on a weekend morning.