Andrew Wu is into a bit of everything. He’s a member of Pace Academy’s robotics team, a participant in the policy simulation programs Model Arab League and Model United Nations and active in the Junior Classical League. He also plays the violin in Pace’s strings ensemble.
Outside of school, Andrew interned with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in the summer of 2015, frequently volunteers with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and has traveled on several service trips with his church.
And he spends his free time writing a book on astrophysics.
“I would like to emphasize the importance of every activity I have participated in, since they have each contributed an aspect of understanding the world,” said Andrew. “Scientific committees at Model UN conferences showed me the inner workings of global politics and how it functions with scientific developments on a large scale, while robotics taught me the technical, small-scale details involved in those same scientific developments.”
The activity Andrew is most passionate about, however, is writing his book: “Space, Time, and the Universe: A Comprehensive Guide to the Finer Points of Astronomy and Astrophysics.” He’s been working on it since seventh grade. He’s intensely interested in astrophysics and says he hopes to introduce the subject to a larger audience.
“I enjoy learning all different subjects as well as many outside of the main school curriculum,” said Andrew. His love of learning finds admirers at Pace.
“Andrew has a never-ending supply of intellectual curiosity, a truly breathtaking intuitive grasp of grammar and syntax, and an unparalleled work ethic,” said Andrew’s Latin teacher Elizabeth Kann. His achievements have been recognized in many different ways, on a school, state and national level. Andrew has received the Faculty Award for Scholarship, the University of Pennsylvania Book Award, the Georgia Certificate of Merit and the Oxford Classical Dictionary Memorial Award. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Cum Laude Society and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. He also is one of Pace’s two 2016 STAR students for his high SAT score.
Andrew also enjoys video games, watching movies, writing, and playing the violin, tennis and soccer.
What’s Next: Andrew plans to attend Princeton University, where he hopes to study physics, philosophy and psychology, and then pursue a career in astrophysics, although he is open to other job opportunities.
This article was reported and written by Catherine Benedict, a senior at The Westminster Schools.