TOP 30: Andrew Marco

Andrew Marco
Major: Economics and Sociology
Age: 21
Year: 4
Hometown: Chino Hills
In One Word: Developer

Andrew Marco is passionate about paying it forward – giving back to the communities that have influenced him in the hopes of making the same positive impact on others.

Catch Andrew grooving with his dance crew, arranging housing stay-overs, and spreading his passion to others.

Andrew wants a job in finance first to support himself fiscally, but once he can live comfortably, he hopes to work within sports, either with an agency, or marketing, because as a sociology major, he thinks it’s interesting to see the sociological aspects of sports and how it affects people.

A friend of Andrew’s notes that his “commitment and hard work towards all of these different organizations (PASS, Alyansa, CADC, SPOP) has impacted a range of different students inside and outside of UCI.”

KS: Tell us about yourself.

AM: I come from a pretty Filipino household. My mom isn’t a nurse – she’s the only one in our family that isn’t a nurse. Both of my parents came here from the Philippines. They didn’t come together – my dad actually came here from Chicago. He went to Chicago first, because my grandma married someone in the navy. That’s how my dad got his citizenship here. My mom got her citizenship by marrying my dad. I have one younger sister who’s like my best friend. I’ve been very blessed and privileged. I’ve come to realize not a lot of people understand that where their life situation is at is completely based on luck. My position in life is all luck. I think that’s the best way to describe my background in my life – privileged.

KS: What have you accomplished here on campus, and what do you hope to accomplish?

AM: My best mini-accomplishment was being a staffer for SPOP. A lot of my experience has to do with opportunity. I’ve been granted a lot of opportunity. I applied last minute here, and got in, even though it wasn’t really my first choice.  I went to SPOP, and I had one person affect my life positively. He made me feel more comfortable in seeing that this would be my home for the next four years. Since I’ve been granted the opportunity, I’ve been lucky enough to have been doing it for two years. In my eyes, I feel like I have affected the general UCI public in that sense, by showing the people that I have interactions with how much great they can be doing here. I think a really good quote how I want to live my life at UC Irvine is one by Tupac, “I’m not going to change the world, but I’m going to affect the person that’s going to change the world.” I feel like my accomplishments are more about affecting the people I know to do something. I feel like I’ll make my change a little bit at a time. You never know what kind of influence you’ll make on someone.

KS: How have you been involved with the Asian Pacific Islander community?

AM: I‘m very involved with the Filipino community on campus, and also off campus. Last year I was the Alyansa chair. In that sense I got the ability to reach out to all the Filipino communities on campus, with individuals going into law, business, health, engineering, or just Kababayan, which celebrates the actual culture itself.. I think I’ve participated in two forms of activism. One is the kind that works for more rights for Filipino Americans and JFAV. I think it translates into the bigger community. But there’s another form of activism that’s low key. I was in PASS, Pilipino Americans in Social Studies, and we represent ourselves as the Filipino individuals that go against the grain of what’s expected of us. This is more of activism in terms of our identities. We grow up to this idea that we’re supposed to become a nurse, engineer, or lawyer. With PASS, we celebrate that we want to go into Sociology, or business. It’s more of an activism in celebrating oneself.

KS: Who or what do you feel has been the biggest influence on you?

AM: It’s not necessarily one individual that has shaped me. I can’t stress how lucky I was to have so many individuals help me out, whether it was at SPOP, or PASS, or at my job. Because of them, I’m able to have connections and build professionally. I’m in CADC, but those people who have influenced me to pursue what I want to do in dance. All those in conjunction are what really made the biggest influence on me. I can’t necessarily say one person, but it’s just everything coming together and me being extremely lucky. If I could put one person who really set forth my college career on the path that it is, it would have to be my SPOP leader, John Kim. It was three or four years ago. Thanks to him, I think he really jumpstarted my career at UCI. I feel like with this, being recognized as influential, is me giving thanks to those that have influenced me.

KS: What are you most passionate about?

AM: My passion is making or finding what other people are passionate about, and making those people really realize what’s in them. That’s what I feel like my whole career in SPOP was about. I wanted to make sure that the people who were like me when I was a freshman realize that they can do so much more here, and they can do the most amazing things. I want to make sure that they realize what they want to do.

KS: When you were six years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

AM: When I was 6, I always wanted to become a singer. That was like the era of all the Disney movies coming out. I just realized that there’s a lot of singing in Disney movies. When I was a kid, I had all the videos and tapes. I memorized all the songs, and I just remember trying to sing exactly like them. I definitely wanted to become a singer. If I could trade any dance ability, I’d rather be a singer. It’s a lot more natural. It’s an evoking of emotion. I think it’s amazing how we can make sound with our voices and make it sound good to us. I really like how natural it is.

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