Following the Sanchez family tradition, Andrew knew since high school he wanted to join the gator nation and study at the University of Florida. It was here in Gainesville where he started undergrad as an honors student in biochemistry. Fairly sure medicine was the career for him, Andrew thought he’d eventually focus on the biological side of his degree—what actually happened was quite different. He fell in love with organic chemistry, and electives like polymer and enzyme chemistry became some of his dearest courses.
Andrew began teaching organic chemistry when UF’s toughest (but best) professor recruited him to lead small groups of future students. Andrew has tutored over 100 organic chemistry students. He has also enjoyed helping students in biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology.
Andrew was also a guitarist for UF Health’s Arts in Medicine program. He graduated with a certificate in this area for independently meeting with dozens of cancer inpatients during his final semester. Andrew is a current student at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons.
Aside from teaching and playing the guitar, Andrew is addicted to running: he does at least twenty miles a week and is always training for a 5k, half, or full marathon.