Andrew Yeater is living His way

November 10, 2011

Andrew Yeater was pretty comfortable at home in West Virginia—but he knew it wouldn’t be long before he got a call from Florida College.

“My dad was a student, so I knew eventually they would start calling for me,” he says.

Sure enough, a Florida College admissions counselor called to invite him to Falcon Days. But Andrew just wasn’t sure.

“I was really indifferent. I really did not know what I wanted to do. But my dad pretty much told me I was going to go to Falcon Days,” he laughs. “He just wanted me to get out of the house and have an adventure.”

Truth be told, since Andrew had been homeschooled since second grade, he found it a little harder to leave home. Florida was far away and he “really didn’t know anyone at all” attending there. But he bravely boarded his first flight ever and headed to Tampa for the last possible spring event.

Turns out, Falcon Days was just the push Andrew needed.

“It was really that experience that made me want to come to Florida College and it was something I knew I wouldn’t experience at the community college in my hometown.”

Now, Andrew is one in Florida College’s ever-growing population of four-year students, majoring in Liberal Studies with a focus in English and Religious Thought. He’s also performed in several stage productions, is Vice President of CREST, a member of the Chamber chorus, secretary of the Junior/Senior class—and the list goes on and on.

“I had a lot of dreams I wanted to fulfill when I got here, and I almost joined every organization. I mean, I tried out for everything,” he says. “And when I actually got to do those things, I realized Florida College was the perfect fit for me.”

And Andrew wants to encourage other students with his experiences to branch out and explore their own talents. After all, “you’re not as far away from your family as you think.”

“I was scared before I came,” he says. “I didn’t know what I was getting into. But I have a whole new family, [including] a whole group of guys that are my brothers. We may not have the same blood, but we’ve all been purchased with the blood of Christ—and that feeling of joy and comfort far outweighs the anxiety of being away from home.”

That’s how Andrew Yeater is living His way.