Interview with Hannah Andriuzzo '11
What are you doing with your free time?
Now that I have new meaning of free time, as a recent college graduate, I spend my time with my friends and family, exercise, and job hunt. I also dedicate time to finding a new hobby or pick up an old one, like reading, cooking, and bullet journaling.
What are you currently working towards in your professional career?
I minored in Education Studies at the University of Puget Sound which was an easy decision for me to make due to my experience in working with children throughout my time in high school. This exposure led me to my current career path, working at Little Lions, and further exploring the education sector. My overall desired long-term career path is to pursue PR and Marketing for the entertainment industry.
What is your favorite Saint Mark’s memory?
My favorite Saint Mark’s memory is when I went to Olympic National Park Institute in Olympia, Washington. I am not usually one for exploring the outdoors but I had the best time on that trip and made some of the best memories. I will never forget hiking Mt. Storm King, playing hide-and-seek at night, and canoeing. During our trip, I learned a lot about myself and strengthened my connections to my classmates that I still keep in touch with.
Who are the role models in your life?
The role models in my life are my parents, Melissa Springstead-Cahill, and Mrs. Gardiner. Throughout my time as a student these individuals have played a huge part in developing my confidence and skills needed to thrive during my education career. I further value these individuals as my role models because they are all very supportive and have found great success in their current career paths.
What has been your greatest success?
My greatest success was graduating from the University of Puget Sound, in the National Honors Society for Communication Studies. School has always been a challenge for me and I had some self-doubt about making it to college in the first place. Outside of graduating from college, my greatest success was volunteering throughout my time as a student. I was given the opportunity to volunteer at an elementary school in Tacoma, Washington. The school I volunteered in had a program that allowed me to work with students that had disabilities and came from a lower socio-economic background. At the end of my time volunteering, it was hard for both me and the students to say good-bye because not only did I impact their lives in a positive way but they also provided me with a different outlook on education, and highlighted the importance of attending to the individual needs of students.
What was the best piece of advice you have received?
The best piece of advice I have received is to know that grades do not define you, and to never give up or get discouraged based on a negative response or outcome.
What advice would you give to the 2021 graduates?
My advice to the 2021 graduates is to never stop perusing and exploring your interests, and don’t take no for an answer.
How has Saint Mark’s prepared you for where you are today?
In thinking about my time as a student my first and third grade teachers at Saint Mark’s played a huge role in my academic development. My first-grade teacher dedicated her time after school to teach me how to read outside of the classroom, and my third-grade teacher also dedicated her time to help me develop my math skills after school. Saint Mark’s also prepared me to become the traveler I am today with all the class trips.
Which alum would you like to read about in the Saint Mark’s Alumni Newsletter?
I would love to read about Emma Linde, Sophie Silva, or Isabella Mendoza! These three ladies have been my best friends since my time at Saint Mark’s and are all accomplishing amazing things in their current colleges and/ or post-grad life.