Hometown: Athens, Ga. and Heredia, Costa Rica
Class of: 2014
Major: Business Economics
Why I Chose Armstrong: “The location. I grew up in Costa Rica, so I love the beach.”
Favorite Pirate Experience: Working on the Senior Wish Project, which granted wishes to five graduating seniors. Fulfilled wishes included providing an aspiring teacher with classroom supplies and giving a graduating psychology major money to buy professional clothing.
Why I Love Armstrong: “I love the people. It’s not just a place to get an education. It’s a family.”
Passion for the American Dream
When Andy Cabistan first arrived on the Armstrong campus in 2010, he majored in computer science. However, he decided to switch to business economics after realizing the field offers career options combining his strong interpersonal skills with his desire to be a force for positive change.
“Growing up in Costa Rica, I always thought I needed to major in a technology-related field to be successful,” he said. “I eventually realized that I’m passionate about working with people, and that what matters most is that you’re passionate about your field and that you work hard.”
He loves the fact that business economics provides him with the tools to analyze problems and to implement solutions. “I like using economics principles to solve real world problems and make a difference in people’s lives,” he said.
This ambitious undergrad has big plans for life after graduation. “I plan to be a business analyst in the Third World, helping people with starts-ups and small businesses,” he explains. “I want to find creative ways to help people improve their lives.”
A Dean’s List student with a 3.5 GPA, Andy won a writing award in 2011 from Armstrong’s Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy for an essay he wrote titled “I Am American!” Since enrolling at Armstrong, he has particularly enjoyed taking classes like Principles in Microeconomics, Principles in Macroeconomics and World Religions.
“I’m so grateful for all the faculty and staff who have worked with me at Armstrong,” he says. “Everyone has been so supportive.”
Andy currently serves as the secretary for the Organizational President’s Council (OPC), which is part of Armstrong’s Student Government Association, and as a resident assistant on campus. In his spare time, he’s active in a wide range of intramural sports including soccer, volleyball, ping pong and water polo.
“There are so many opportunities at Armstrong,” he enthused. “I’ve made great friendships here and worked with so many incredible professors. Armstrong feels like home to me.”