Meet Andrew Whitely, IT Student and Leader

Meet Andrew Whitely, rising senior at FSU and aspiring Information Technology leader

The Basics

Name: Andrew Whitely
Degree: Bachelor’s in Information Technology
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2018
Hometown: Coral Springs, FL

Meet Andrew

Who do you admire and why?
My parents for pushing me to do the best I can in everything I do.

What Jeopardy category could you clear, no problem?
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Favorite snack?
Publix croissants.

Best account to follow on social media?
If I couldn’t follow myself, @iasipmeme

Best piece of advice you’ve received?
“If you think you’re the best at something, find someone better.”

Life as an FSU Student

What made you choose your major?
I’ve always been interested in computers and technology, so it was natural. I was never good at math or science so computer science and computer engineering were out of the question.

What does your average day look like?
I work in the mornings, then I have class after. After that I usually cook dinner and hangout with friends, or watch Netflix or TV with my roommates. A lot of Snapchat and Twitter is thrown in too.

Your favorite study spot on campus?
The old Goldstein Library couches.

What’s your dream career?
Being a software developer at a tech company in a big city – Silicon Valley, New York, Atlanta, anywhere really.

Share a notable (funny, embarrassing, exciting) experience you’ve had at FSU?
Going to my first home game at Doak Campbell is the most exciting experience I’ve had. I didn’t realize how much genuine school spirit everyone who went here had, and it made me realize I made the right choice going to school here.

Have you participated in any internships?
Last spring I interned for a local startup called sofitU, and I currently intern at Sachs Media Group doing web development.

Are you involved with student organizations?
I am! I’m President of Codeducation, a member of the STARS Alliance, webmaster for the Association of IT Professionals, an Ambassador for the Student Alumni Association, and a bunch of other stuff.

Who do you look to for inspiration?
Myself, family, friends.

How do you handle school-life balance?
I started using the Calendar on my Mac and iPhone, and I can’t live without it now. I think it knows more about myself than I do.

What advice would you give yourself when applying to college?
Whatever you do, don’t do pre-med.

What motivates you?
Being the first male Whitely in my family to graduate from college, it shows how far I’ve come and how hard my parents have worked to get me to this point.

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