For Andrew Moffa ’16 CLAS, receiving a prestigious 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholarship to be an English Teaching Assistant in South Korea represents an opportunity to immerse himself in a new culture and to further his interest in teaching.
While at Villanova, Andrew was transformed by his involvement with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) and the student group LEVEL, which is affiliated with it. “It was through LEVEL and ODS that I found my home within a home,” he says. “I met many of my best friends through LEVEL, and it continued to nurture my passion for working with individuals with disabilities. It has played a major role in my dream to become 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 the Fulbright Scholarship.
Passionately devoted to social issues, Andrew says his most memorable CLAS academic experience was his social justice documentary film class, offered by the Communication Department in conjunction with the Center for Peace and Justice Education. He was a part of a team of 10 students who wrote, filmed and edited a 40-minute documentary film about former Villanova basketball player Tony Chennault. “In just 15 weeks, we created a film that has been honored at multiple film festivals and was a finalist for the 2016 Academy Awards,” he says with pride.
“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.”