Meet a Shocker: Andrew Cruz, marketing major and graphic design minor


Andrew Cruz will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration marketing degree and a minor in graphic design. He would like gain work experience at an advertising agency.

"My most helpful learning experiences while attending Wichita State have always been during the internships I’ve had over the years," Andrew said.

Andrew Cruz is one of more than 2,400 students eligible for spring/summer 2020 graduation. Learn more about his time at Wichita State and what is next for the grad.

What is your degree in?

My degree is a Bachelor of Business Administration marketing degree with a minor in graphic design.

What led you to WSU?

I chose Wichita State University because of the W. Frank Barton School of Business. Wichita State’s business school offers a top-quality education at an affordable price in comparison to other colleges in the area.

I’ve had professors that are highly experienced in the business world and I’m glad I was given the opportunity to learn from them.

How are you feeling leading up to graduation?

I’m nervous to enter the job market at its current state, but I’m excited for what the future holds for me. College has been a long journey. Like most good things, it too must come to an end.

College is definitely a grind and I think I’m ready to call myself a Shocker Grad!

What are your career plans?

I'm passionate about teaming up with creatives to translate concepts and emotions through visual communication.

I’d like to gain some experience in an advertising agency soon, but I’m open to anything that might help to make a positive change in the lives of others.

How has the COVID-19 crisis altered those plans, if at all?

The COVID-19 crisis has put a bit of a hold on lining up a full-time job after graduation, but I’m confident that the job will come when the time is right.

For now, I plan on using this time to update my portfolio and resume in anticipation of job applications opening up.

What advice do you have for other students on how to cope with the uncertainty of these times?

It’s easy for negative thoughts to consume you. My advice for current students is to do whatever you need to do in order to keep a positive mindset during these uncertain times.

Utilize your resources. Establish routines. Take care of yourself.

What has been your most helpful learning experience while a student at WSU?

My most helpful learning experiences while attending Wichita State have always been during the internships I’ve had over the years. Classes are meant to simulate the real world, but nothing really replaces actually working in your area of study.

I highly recommend that all students participate in an internship or co-op and get a feel for what it’s like to work in that field. 

What was been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?

Being a college student on its own is a challenge. But if you’re like most college students, the true challenge is in finding balance between classes, internships, extracurricular activities, and part-time jobs.

I found success in managing my time wisely. Develop a schedule and stick to it. Make sure to allocate time for commuting, exercise, eating and socialization. All work and no play, well, you know the rest.