Coming from an Augustinian high school, Andrew Moffa ’16 knew he wanted a similar undergraduate experience. Villanova University was a short hour and a half drive from home, and after sitting down with a professor to discuss the Communication program, Andrew made his decision.
Andrew kept busy during his four years at Villanova—on campus and around the globe. During the summer after freshman year, he traveled with the Communication department to study in Ghana, and in his junior year, he spent the spring semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. While he was abroad, he and another Villanova student decided to apply to lead a Service & Justice experience. Previously, Andrew had participated in a Habitat for Humanity trip to Taos, New Mexico where he made new Villanova friends and built an adobe home. With his wealth of international experience, he was selected as a Service & Justice Experience leader to travel with 10 other students to Matelot, Trinidad in his senior year. “It was a great experience and I loved learning about a new culture,” Andrew said.
On campus, you could find Andrew assisting the men’s basketball team, making rounds as a resident assistant or working with fellow students on a film. “The opportunity to work on a social justice documentary about Tony Chennault was one of my best Villanova experiences. When we decided to tell his story, it really was a no-brainer to be a part of it.” Producing a documentary film in 15 weeks was no small feat, but Andrew was thrilled when the film was recognized as a finalist for a Student Academy Award.
The most transformative experience for Andrew was his involvement with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) and the student group LEVEL. “The friendships I made there are the ones I’ll cherish most after graduation,” he said.
Working with ODS and LEVEL reinforced his decision to be a special education teacher. The summer before senior year, Andrew worked at Ramapo for Children, a camp for students and adults with severe autism, and he decided to apply for Teach for America. He was selected to be a special education teacher in Indianapolis but was called to another meaningful opportunity when he received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to be an English Teaching Assistant in South Korea.
Andrew will spend the next year living with a host family and teaching elementary school students in rural South Korea. “I’m so excited for this amazing opportunity to learn another new culture,” he said. “Villanova has been my home for the past four years, and I’m so thankful for the people here—students, professors and staff—who really made my experience what it was.”