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Studying journalism taught him to care about the binds between people

Ever since first grade, or around the time it became apparent that a pro football career was not in my future, I’ve had only one career goal: to be a sportscaster. And why wouldn’t I? Watching sporting events and talking about them is what people with actual jobs do for fun and for free. Other people work late because their boss wants the report done ASAP. When I work late, it’s because a basketball game went to overtime. For sports fans, anchoring a nightly segment about sports is like working in a candy store.

This dream inspired me to study journalism. My passion outside of sports has always been communication: reading, writing, public speaking—anything that allows people to share stories and ideas. As a child, I always likened sportscasters to professional fans, but studying journalism has shown me the difference.

The revelation came last semester, when a professor told me, “people are attracted to people. Always put the human element first in your stories.” What he was really trying to tell me was that sports journalism is not really focused on the sport itself. Rather, it’s about the people that are bound together by them. It’s about the shooting guard that’s studying biomedical sciences to honor her brother’s fight with cancer. It’s about the volleyball player that’s still playing despite severed tendons in her ankle because she feels obligated to the team. That’s the important stuff, and that’s what studying journalism has taught me to care about.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle in my life has been my mother’s illness. She contracted a rare autoimmune disease when I was seven years old that inflamed her muscles to the point where she couldn’t use them. For the next three-and-a-half years, I went through school with only one parent while my mom learned to walk, chew and perform basic bodily functions again.

I don’t want to make it sound like it was that bad on my end; mom was the truly brave one. But I am proud of the fact that I did everything possible to make it easier on my parents. Learning and getting good grades became even more of a priority because it would be a bright spot in an otherwise difficult time for mom and dad. The habits that were developed back then continue to today.

Graduating college would mean a lot, but it is not enough for me to just graduate. I’ve started off with a lot of advantages in life that could make graduating merely easy. This is why I want not only to graduate in the top one percent of my class but also to speak at the graduation ceremony. Most of all, I want to have a television job waiting for me after that ceremony is over. All of this would mean a lot more because I know I’m capable of it, and nothing is better than living up to the standards that you know you are capable of reaching.

We are proud to announce Andrew Goldstein is one of the current JustJobs Scholarship finalists. Vote for his essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘heart’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • Hi Andrew. I’ve been following your Twitter feed for a year or so now and I’ve been impressed by your style. Keep up the good work and good luck with the scholarship.

    • Thanks so much for the comment! Glad I’ve been a good follow; I certainly try my best. Appreciate your help!

  • Great read. Andrew’s one of the most hard working/dedicated students I’ve seen. If I was a network looking for talent I would definitely keep him on my radar.

  • Andrew is an incredibly dedicated student, who’s always working towards his bigger career goals. He will definitely be someone to watch out for once he graduates.

    • Thanks Becca! This really helps me out. Glad to be able to call you a friend and a granddaughter. Counting down the days until we’re back at MU!

  • Andrew’s ease and flair with writing is something I’ve long admired, as is the confidence with which he discusses his potential post-graduation career moves. If there’s anyone I trust to succeed after college, it’s most definitely Andrew Goldstein – this article simply affirms what I’ve thought for years.

    • AJ!!! Thanks a ton, man. You’ve been a damn good friend to me since freshman year; one of the best I ever had. You put up with all of my puns, which should qualify you for sainthood in of itself. See you in a month or two, bud.

  • From your article, I can tell that you will bring humanity and compassion into your reporting. The world needs more of that. With what I know about you, you have done more with your life than many do in twice the time. You will go far and do amazing things.

    • Thanks so much, Mr. Magoon! Appreciate your help. You’ve raised a pretty darn good kid; AJ’s going to go on and do incredible things too.

  • From the moment I met Andrew, I had no doubt that he would succeed. He has rare and unique ability to capture the human spirit with every feature article he writes. On top of his writing skills, Andrew is an incredibly dedicated journalist and an even better person. As leader of the Marquette Wire Sports Department, he has shown how a team can work together efficiently and produce excellent content. This article shows his dedication and love for his job.

    • Thanks a ton, Ploen! Glad to be able to work with you on the Wire. You’re a pretty darn good writer yourself and a decent person to boot. We’re gonna do some cool stuff this year.

  • As Andrew’s Mom, I found this essay quite moving. I believe that the strength we all gained having gone through this time far outweighs what it took from us. It has contributed to making Andrew what he is today…a competent, confident and driven aspiring broadcaster/journalist.

    • Thanks ma. Love you lots and will always appreciate everything you went though to make me what I am today. I’m still not letting you win in Scrabble though.

  • Thankfully, Andrew’s mom and my wife is in, hopefully, lifetime remission from this rare autoimmune disease. I was amazed at how Andrew handled this tough time in our lives and how much he helped out and learned from this experience. I believe the experience contributed to his growing sensitivity about people and his ability to connect with others in his writing and telling stories from the “human” side of sports.

    • Thanks, Pops. You were the one who really kept everything together during that time. I’m just thankful you were there.

  • Andrew – you continue to impress and I can not wait to hear
    what Network or top 10 media conglomerate snatches
    you up…..

    • Thanks a ton for the support, Ms. Comparato! I hope that’s where I end up; fingers crossed on that one!

  • Andrew recently spoke at our Lions Club meeting in Cranbury. Afterward, I thought Andrew has all the same quality characteristics of Jim Nantz (CBS sports). A tough act to follow, but perhaps Andrew will be in the right place at the right time. I’d put money on it.

    • Thanks a lot, Mr. Burke. I certainly have a big legacy to live up to in this industry and I’ll do my best. Glad to be able to speak to the Lions Club. Appreciate your support!

  • To make the most of life it’s important to have a creative focus and a drive for lifelong learning. Andrew, you have these in abundance!

  • It is not often when little boys tell you what they want to do when they grow up and truly end up following that dream! What is amazing is that Andrew from a very young age has had a clear vision of what interests him and has always shown dedication and commitment to this goal. In all these years I have known him he has never swayed away from this vision and pursued it with determined passion and talent. He is a lovely, compassionate, and hardworking young man who absolutely deserves this opportunity and you can be sure he will not disappoint!

    • Thank you so much, Mrs. Milner! I appreciate you taking the time to write a comment; it really does help.

  • I’ve never been drawn to watching sports events or reading about them, but Andrew changed that. I enjoy the particular slant Andrew bring to his reporting, with the focus on people — athletes, fans, society. And I like his style, too. It reflects the kind of person he is: focused and witty and humorous and sensitive and warm. He really is an outstanding candidate!

    • Thanks a ton, Aunt Judy! Really appreciate you helping out. Will have to get up to Trois-Rivieres one of these summers.

  • I’m a university language prof, and I know good writing when I see it. Andrew’s style and content are top notch! He has a work ethic and a respect for others that will allow him to make a fantastic contribution wherever he practices journalism.

    • Thank you very much, Mr. Bougaieff. Appreciate you helping out. Hope all is well with you up in Canada.

  • I’ve known Andrew his entire life and he has always been wise beyond his years. He has a passion for sports and a gift for writing, as shown in this essay!

    • Aw thanks so much, Carol! You’ll have to visit at some point this summer; I know mom is dying to see you.

  • When I first ‘met’ Andrew online, two things became immediately clear: he’s a genuinely cool, intelligent, and nice guy and he’s passionate about sports journalism. When he came to Australia for 6 months, getting to know Andrew and reading his work only further confirmed my first impressions. His writing is witty, funny, and engaging even to someone who isn’t a sports fan. From his essay above, I hope your ‘impression’ is that he’s a worthy candidate.

    • Aw thanks so much for that, Jamie! I was really thankful to have a local welcome me to Australia; that was a really nice thing to do, especially for someone who didn’t know anyone. We’re definitely going to keep in touch. Let me know if you’re ever in the U.S!

      P.S. I still feel terrible for forgetting about our first meeting and leaving you waiting.

  • It is with great pride and joy to have the opportunity to talk about Andrew Goldstein. I have known this young man since he was about five years old and it has been my privilege to see this outstanding boy develop into the man that he is today. I am a firm believer that outstanding success is the result of grit that I believe is an innate quality. Andrew not only possesses ability in his chosen profession but is a true example of grit. It will be one of life’s pleasures to have a front row seat to witness Andrew’s future success.

    • Thanks, Mr. Mento! Appreciated the chance to be able to speak to the Lions’ Club earlier this summer and glad to be able to see you around for the last month or so.

    • Thanks a ton, Liam. You’re a pretty articulate young man yourself. Glad to be able to call you a friend.

  • I heartily recommend Andrew as deserving of any and all assistance designed to help him achieve his goals. I have know him all his life and I am thrilled to see how accomplished he has become in clearly defining his motivations, his dedication to hard work in the pursuit of his goals and his gratitude for the sacrifices his parents made to assist in the realization of his dreams. He will certainly succeed in his life’s ambition no matter the obstacles. Ken Forde

    • Thanks so much, Mr. Forde! Really appreciate the support. Hope North Carolina is treating you well; you’re always welcome at our place any time!

  • Andrew is truly one of the most driven, intelligent and thoughtful individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. From the first moment of meeting him it was obvious that he was destined for big things and would find a way to reach them, no matter how difficult the task. I’m honored to call him my friend, and know that this competition will him realize even more of his potential and take a vital step in reaching his dream!

    • Wow thank you so much, Val! You’re a pretty special person too; caring, thoughtful and a pleasure to be around. Can’t wait to catch up in August!

  • I thoroughly enjoyed having Andrew in my class at Marquette. A talented, dedicated, organized student, he always turned in great work. He can write his own ticket in journalism and I am very excited to follow his progress!

    • Thank you so much, Ms. Marble! Immensely enjoyed your television reporting class and am thankful for all the help you’ve given me. I guarantee I would not be where I am now without your instruction. Hope UWM is treating you well!

  • I had the immense pleasure of meeting Andrew when I was his 8th grade teacher. We hit if off immediately, and I knew he was a gifted young man destined for greatness. His passion for sports, broadcasting and journalism were apparent even then, and I have been so proud to watch his journey unfold!!!!

    • Ms. Fernandez! Thanks a ton for your comment. Will always carry with me the importance of Marbury vs. Madison because of you. Hope all is well at Cranbury School!

    • Thanks a ton, Kassie! Can’t believe its been over a year since we’ve seen each other; that’s way too long! A tea session is in order when we get back to Marquette.

  • I’ve had the privilege of seeing Andrew’s passion for broadcasting firsthand as his boss this past year at Marquette University Television. He continuously strives to do his absolute best whether he’s in front of the camera or producing a show. With his talent and determination, I truly can’t wait to see what his future holds!

    • World’s best boss up here^.Thanks a ton for always being so supportive of myself and everyone else in MUTV. And of course, thank you for being a decent person, always. You’re gonna do great things and I look forward to hearing about them!

  • I’ve been broadcasting sports games for six years now, and I can confidently say I’ve never met or worked with anyone who is more prepared or dedicated to getting better at their craft than Andrew. From the first time he got on air, it felt natural and confident, which is uncommon for a freshman in college. Ever since then, he’s continually impressed me with the depth and breadth of his reporting – it’s unparalleled.

    • Thanks a ton, Peter! Glad to have you as a mentor these last couple years. You taught me way more than you know and I had a great time learning it. You’re killing it up in Albany and I know even bigger things are ahead.

  • I remember when Andrew came out with his first book. It’s amazing how much this journalist has already accomished and I cannot wait to follow his career and see how he continues to use it as an avenue for his interest in sports.

    • CB! Glad to hear from my old buddy in SBC Nation. Always thankful to SBC for introducing me to you and our whole squad. We’re gonna be seeing each other in press boxes real soon, my friend.

  • Andrew is one of those very rare people who goes through life always looking for the best in things. Even when something is absolutely not in his favor he is always able to turn it around and make it on the brighter side of things. Good luck and don’t mess with the tuck!

    • Thanks a ton, Damen! Our Red Light Ramen trips are some of my favorite college memories. We have to Quiplash when I get back. Appreciate your comment!

  • Nice essay. Pleased to learn of your mother’s perseverance and your dedication to her. Impressive that you share your big goals with others. You will no doubt achieve your dreams. Never forget to “aim for the heart” and to tell the stories of those who can’t do so for themselves. Good luck.

    • Thanks, professor! Going to miss you and your stern AP style reminders next year. You taught me a hell of a lot about journalism and always made me push myself a little further than I did the time before. Will always be thankful for that.

  • Among Andrew’s many strengths is his eagerness to pursue advice, input and critique from diverse sources. This ( in addition to plain hard work ) has paid off; his writing and thought have noticeably evolved because of the influences and the experiences he has sought out in the past three years. His articles are more than a recitation of sports statistics and outcomes; rather, as Andrew’s outreach has broadened, they are increasingly multidimensional. Andrew is a mature, self aware and thoughtful person. He is also determined to reach the ambitious goals he has set for himself; I have no doubt that he will surpass all of them.

    • Thanks Aunt Carol! Really appreciate your help. Glad to have the best godmother ever in my corner, always. I’m insanely lucky to have you.

  • Andrew is one of the most driven people I’ve ever met, and an immensely talented writer. He’s been a great friend ever since I met him all the way back in 1st grade and even then, his passion for sports was clear as day. In retrospect I’m not surprised at all at what he’s achieved, and I imagine it is only the start of many great things. Best of luck man!

    • Ray, my man, you are without a doubt one of the most decent people on the face of the Earth. It was a blessing to be able to know you for my whole childhood and spend thousands of hours hanging out. Hope you’re living it up in Ireland and can’t wait to catch up when you get back.

  • I’ve worked in sports broadcasting for more than 10 years, and Andrew is the most advanced, competent, and driven intern I’ve ever worked with during that time. This essay highlights the passion he brings to his work on a daily basis, and the adversity he’s overcome in his early years has forged a steely determination that will serve him well. I have no doubt that he will have a long, successful career in sports journalism and/or broadcasting.

    • Thanks, Mr. Vaughn! Appreciate you helping me out on this one. I learned so much in Allentown last summer and that’s entirely thanks to you and Dan and the rest of the sports staff being so generous with your time. Hope everything is going well over there; will have to stop by and visit one day this summer!

  • I have heard Andrew speak twice, first as a high school student and most recently as a college student. I was very impressed both times with the passion and enthusiasm that Andrew has for his chosen field. This comes through when he is speaking about his school work or the jobs he has held. Andrew has the drive to succeed in whatever he does. Best of luck to you!

    • Thank you so much, Mrs. Johnson! It was my pleasure to speak on both times; thank you for the invitation. Hope all is well with you!

  • I met Andrew a few years ago at a sports broadcasting camp where I was a counselor, and it was obvious from the start that he had a passion for journalism. You can tell that he’s putting in the time and effort to be successful and I believe he will be in whichever route he chooses.

    • SUDIKOFF! Thanks so much for your comment! You’ve been a wonderful mentor and friend as I try to break into the crazy competitive field that you’ve managed to do so well in. Glad to be able to rely on you.

  • Andrew stands out both for his passion in journalism and for people. He does great work and it had been a pleasure getting to know him as a person and a student. He and his work is what the journalism industry needs.

    • Thanks a ton, Julia! Glad to have your support. We’re going to have to do a lot of catching up when we get back to Marquette!

      P.S. J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets

  • Andrew is unfailingly kind, overwhelmingly friendly, and yet somehow concise and direct. He’s everything I like to see in a newscaster. He knows when to give it to ya straight and he knows when it’s gonna need a bit of watering down. He’s A+, 10/10, and altogether AMAZING.

    • Oh my goodness thanks so much Christina! Glad to have your support; means a lot to me that you took the time to write something. Missed my tea-loving, sassy friend in Australia and I can’t wait to hear about your life when we get back to school. Thanks again!

  • Andrew is one of the most passionate people I have ever met, and I loved seeing all of that shine through this article. I’ve never had much excitement for sports, but even his enthusiasm has a way of making me feel interested–and that’s a true feat!

    • Thanks a ton, Jess! You’ve been an awesome friend to me ever since we first arrived at Straz Tower freshman year. Sorry we weren’t able to connect over your birthday, but we are going to hang out a ton this year. Hope Europe was awesome!

  • After knowing Andrew for three years, I am proud to say that he is one of the most passionate, positive people I’ve meet. Not only does he enjoy what he studies, but he has great goals for his field. It’s been a pleasure to be able to study along him and be able to call him a great friend. I cannot wait to see what he does in the future!

    • Thanks, Cynthia! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. Always admired your relentless positivity as well. It sounds like you’re doing amazing things in D.C. Can’t wait to hear all about them!

  • As someone who’s known Andrew for years, I can’t imagine anyone who’s more deserving of this scholarship. He’s absolutely relentless about his work, pursuing his craft and that passion for stories not about sports, but the individuals that play them across every medium imaginable. Whether it’s a tidbit in a broadcast no one else would have thought to look for or a creative twist in a standup only he could think of, Andrew makes work that’s truly special and beyond that unique. From the first day I met him back at Sports Broadcasting Camp in 2011 I realized people were drawn to him thanks to that ridiculous talent, but also the fact that he refused to acknowledge it and took the time to be friends with every person he could. I’m proud to be one of those friends and I think he’s going to be a spectacular journalist.-Gavin Schall

    • Gavin! Thanks so much! Can’t tell you how much your comment means to me. You’ve been a great friend and I feel so fortunate to have met you at SBC. You’re a super-talented broadcaster and I know you’re gonna have an awesome career. More importantly, you’re a decent person that’s super fun to hang out with. Looking forward to seeing you in Brooklyn next weekend. (If the Marquette Alumni team wins, fingers crossed.) Thanks again!!

  • After knowing Andrew for 3 years already, I’ve gotten to see how hardworking and passionate he is about his work. The amount of time he puts into perfecting his work is very impressive, but what is even more impressive is his passion for sports and journalism. His passion makes other people interested and excited about what he is conveying! I also have seen andrew experiment with different forms of media to make stories more widely accessible, which is an impressive feat to add on!

    • Thanks a ton, Dina! Really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment; means a lot from someone who carries an equivalent passion for her work. Keep on educating the next generation of Einsteins; can’t wait to hear everything when I get back to Marquette!

  • Andrew Goldstein is the embodiment of dedication. That’s not an exaggeration, and I couldn’t be more serious. Everything he does, whether it’s writing, reporting, or meeting new people, has an admirable and endearing passion to it. Not only is he skilled, he’s also one of the most personable people I know. He was one of the first people I met in college, and to this day I consider him one of the most friendly and approachable people I know. There are people you meet in life that you make you think, “Wow, I can’t wait to see what they do someday” –and that’s exactly how I feel about Andrew. I already know he’s bound for great achievements and fascinating places; he’s as good as
    gold(stein).

    • Mike Nick, you wrote an incredibly touching, thoughtful comment AND you included a pun. You wonderful, wonderful person. So glad we met on the first day of college. You’re a crazy talented actor and I can’t wait to come see your performances this year. Really appreciate your comment; looking forward to catching up on a ton of stuff once I get back to Marquette! Stay punny, always.

  • Andrew is a great person who volunteers his time to help others! I remember when he came back to Princeton High School to host a discussion on Tower sports writing, which was instrumentally helpful for our newer writers. I’m so glad that he found something he enjoys and helps others with it too!

    • Thanks so much for your support, Amy! Always glad to help out my alma mater; you’ve all been doing great work over at The Tower. If there’s ever any other way I could be of service, let me know. Appreciate you taking the time to do this!

  • If I had to describe Andrew in 2 words, I might not be able to. I have found him to be hard-working, motivated, and genuine. He possesses a wonderful sense of humor and interest in learning about people that immediately puts them at ease. Andrew seeks out unique educational and internship opportunities that will further his experience and knowledge of journalism; he is able to ‘think outside the box’ and displays a passion for sports journalism that goes beyond most college students. Having graduated from Marquette University 30 years ago, I am so proud to know that Andrew represents my alma mater so well — I look forward to watching his career take off and am delighted that he is part of the Marquette family!

  • Andrew has been pursuing his goals with the fiercest of dedication for as long as I can remember! He’s driven by such a clear focus, it’s always such pleasure to see the leaps and bounds of his progress and accomplishments.