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Andrew Pettus '17

Biology

LEAP Leader

Learning Outside the Classroom

Andrew Pettus came to Spring Hill College on a track and cross-country scholarship from Jesuit High School in New Orleans. Running is something he loved to do, but he soon began to realize a desire to participate in a wide variety of activities beyond just his athletic pursuits. He made an active choice to pursue a diverse array of extra curricular activities during his sophomore year, becoming involved in Student Government Association, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, the Learning, Engagement, Awareness & Personal Growth (LEAP) experience, the National Society of Leadership and Success, GreenKeepers, the International Service Immersion Program (ISIP) and studied abroad at the SHC Italy Center.


“Within the LEAP program, I have been able to refine a lot of the qualities that I had coming into Spring Hill and even build upon a few that had remained dormant until now. It [LEAP] gave me opportunities to be dependable and allowed me to hold others accountable as well.”


Andrew said that each of his experiences on The Hill taught him something different, including skills he can take into the next phase of his life. He credited his time as president of Lamda Chi Alpha with improving his interpersonal skills and showing him the art of how to take criticism. His time as a LEAP leader helped him develop leadership skills and showed him that he has a passion for teaching.

“Within the LEAP program, I have been able to refine a lot of the qualities that I had coming into Spring Hill and even build upon a few that had remained dormant until now,” Andrew said. “It [LEAP] gave me opportunities to be dependable and allowed me to hold others accountable as well.”

Andrew said that Spring Hill College’s focus on service allowed him to participate in numerous service opportunities. He volunteered at Denton Middle School in Mobile, Alabama, through the Partners in Science class and was able to share high-level science experiments with these young students – a first for many he said. Andrew also spent two and a half years volunteering with Victory Health Partners through the Albert S. Foley SJ Community Service Center, an opportunity that helped him discover new fields of interest. Andrew views his ISIP trips to Belize City and Granada as two-fold educational experiences — learning about new cultures as well as himself through serving others.

During his time on The Hill, he also served as a volunteer tax advisor and received certification in Basic Life Support and National Incident Management Support, which enables him to provide assistance during natural disasters.

After graduation, Andrew plans to attend Georgetown University to pursue a master’s degree in biomedical science policy and advocacy.

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