Meet Andrew Weisz!

Andrew’s a double major in Entrepreneurship and Management Information Systems (MIS) with minors in Marketing and Music here at UMD.

Originally from Plainview, MN, Andrew graduated from Plainview Elgin Millville High School in 2015.

Back in high school, Andrew was involved in LOTS of different things: Soccer, golf, theater, art, Boy Scouts, and Knowledge Bowl to name a few. Andrew was also a textbook introvert and just kept to his strict group of friends.

It wasn’t until college that he really spread his wings and flew. 

However, his first year of college was NOT spent at UMD.

After one year at his original college choice,  he transferred up north. He just felt UMD fit better. Simple as that.

Andrew’s favorite thing about Duluth? The atmosphere. He feels like there’s something for everyone and that there is always something going on…which is perfect for somebody who refers to himself as a “busy body!”

One of his fave things about Duluth. The music. And music festivals. They pretty much happen all summer.

He’s also a huge fan of the outdoor fun that led ranking Duluth one of the best outdoor towns in the nation in 2014, and also that Duluth was voted as  “The 4th Best Foodie City n the Nation” in 2015.

Duluth also has “that hipster vibe” that he likes to see!

His favorite thing about the UMD campus? How well-connected everything with its concourse and skywalk system. On a cold day in January, you will see people in shorts and a T-shirt because you just don’t have to go outside.

But – because it’s Duluth – he’s glad people to still get outside even when it’s cold because there are a ton of amazing things to do!

He’s also a huge fan of the amazing school bands at UMD, and would love if more people would join up.

In his overall experiences, Andrew’s simply just a huge fan of what he feels is UMD’s practicality:

“They actually teach the things I wanted to know instead of teaching things that we’ll never use. My favorite part of learning at UMD, though, is that it isn’t just test based. Instead of a test, you are going to be doing projects and working in groups. They really help find your strong suit and help you from there which for someone that sucks at taking tests is the absolute best.”

So the thing about having a “busy body?” True.

Here’s MORE about Andrew Weisz…and his transfer to UMD!

What motivated you to transfer?

Well when I started looking for colleges my senior year of high school I was kind of a slacker who didn’t care a whole lot about anything, so I only checked out two schools, UMD, and the school I attended for my first year. The campus of my first college was beautiful, the classes were okay, and the band was just awesome, but honestly, I didn’t feel a strong connection to campus. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the experience I had at my first college, and the friends I made were amazing and I still talk with them today, but it just didn’t feel like home to me. I’m an adventurer who loves to travel and explore. I learned Duluth was the place for that. So I went back to looking at my backup school, UMD. I went and toured it, and honestly fell in love with the school right away. Also, another big push to come was following a girl…(don’t do it, kids, it is a bad idea!).”

Why UMD?
This school was beautiful just walking around campus I saw so much art and nature I knew UMD was the place for me. The sports are great, and the men’s hockey team got second in the nation this year. Also for a band nerd, the music is also a huge part for me. They have a great program and even better people. Lastly, the biggest reason I love UMD is the opportunities. We are one of the best schools around for anyone that wants to learn but have a fun time doing it. We have programs that are only offered at UMD, teachers that have taught all around the world, and connections that will put me way ahead of many other students.

What was your transfer experience like?
“It was great! I found out extremely soon after applying that I got in and I could plan my second semester accordingly. The summer was then spent working back and forth with a counselor helping me learn exactly what I needed to know about UMD (they are the smartest people). As the school year came closer and closer I found out about my roommate and learned more and more about the school. I also started more and more excited for that awesome experience. Once I got to Duluth I ended up changing majors and they worked with me one-on-one to get me on the right track to make it so that I wasn’t going to spend too much extra time at college.

How did you feel when you arrived on campus?
I am not a normal case for arriving on campus for the first time. As a band kid, I arrived for band camp a week before. Band camp is where the marching band kids come together a week before and start working on getting music and our first show ready for the first football game of the season. I arrived at band camp with 0 friends but an eager attitude to have an awesome time and within the first day I had made at least 50 new friends. it’s such a close knit community that you’ll have no problem making friends. Everyone is super welcome no matter where you go, just be yourself and you’ll make friends. It is a whole new experience coming from one school to another, but it ended up being one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Are you involved in any clubs/organizations?
I am involved in marching band, pep band, concert band, intramurals, Newman Center, Intervarsity, UMD film club, ballroom dancing club, entrepreneur club, UMD tour guiding, Frolfing club, and the lettuce eating club. My favorite club would have to be the UMD film club which is also known as the League of Extraordinary Film Critics. The reason this club is my favorite is that I am actually the founder and president of this club. We have over 270 awesome clubs at UMD, but I noticed we were missing one of the most classic clubs at any college. The movie watching club, so naturally I tried starting it. All I need was three friends and they let me make a new club! We started with 3 people and within the first semester, we are already up to 55 members. I would recommend to all to join or start some awesome clubs!

Did you hear about or are you involved with any internship or related opportunities?
I was involved in an internship for a computer company as a senior in high school, but since starting college I had not been interested in doing one yet. This next summer I am planning on trying to find one though. And as a business student, it shouldn’t be too hard. As a business student, they do an internship fair once a year bringing in a ton of companies looking for students. you just walk around and give people your resume. It’s super great because instead of you having to look online and search the globe for internships companies are coming straight to our school looking for you to work or intern for. also it is a great excuse to dress up and just show off to a ton of prospective employers. There is also this sick program called the career and internship program that helps students find a job or internship. My favorite part about them though is that they host mock interviews (so you can get real experience interviewing), and help you make the best resume possible! 

Do you work on-campus and/or off-campus?
“I work both on campus and off campus. My on campus jobs are as UMD Admissions tour guide, but I also work off campus at Dicks sporting goods as a golf specialist, and at Glensheen (the historic 52-room mansion in Duluth) as a tour-guide! It is extremely easy to do both school and work with an on campus job. Mainly because the school will work with your schedule to get you working when you can/ want to work! Also, it is right on campus so you don’t have to travel all throughout Duluth just to get to work. it is at most a five-minute walk from your work to class, which you really can’t beat.”

What has been your favorite class so far?
“My favorite class so far would have to be one of the general classes that every student should take. Jazz studies with Billy Bernard is the best class I have ever taken in college. The reason behind that is that this man has lived a life of jazz. He is an older man, but because of that he has lived, he grew up with Jimmy Hendrix playing with him and has played with most of the top jazz names in history. So instead of him talking about things he learned in a book he talks about real things that happened to him. He would randomly talk in class and say things like “yeah that Ray Charles that man could play” and then he would tell us about how he knew him and what his experience was like.”

Do you have a favorite professor?
“My favorite professor’s name is Tim Broscious. He is the athletic band director, and one of the coolest people you will ever meet. “

What has been your best memory at UMD?

“Well my life at UMD has only been underway for about a year, but within that year I have had so many memories it would be hard to pick just one to say is my best. If I would have to pick one I would have to choose the trip I went on with the pep band to the frozen four. It was a life changing experience watching our hockey team make it to the national championships, but the best part about it was that I got to watch it with all of my band friends. Well, either that or getting on national TV while playing cowbell that was pretty cool too. A few reasons on why that trip was my favorite memory at UMD are because I got to go for free, I got to support UMD, It was hosted in Chicago, and HOCKEY! it was a life changing experience that I am more than excited that I got to check out!”

What would you have done differently when choosing a college?
“Tour as many colleges as you can, and also take notes when touring campuses. It really stinks when you mix up information and get to a college where you believe something exists and then realize it’s a different college.”

What was your biggest fear about transferring and how did you overcome it?
“I think my biggest fear was not being able to find friends. Also transferring again was a huge fear of mine. To overcome this fear, I joined different clubs and bands! JOIN THE BAND!”

Do you have any advice for other students who are considering transferring to UMD?
“JOIN THE BAND! Join a club, get involved, and get out of your comfort zone! Look at more than just the college you are considering. The town/city the campus is located in should hold just as much importance in any student’s choice.”