A mission trip to Africa two years ago influenced a Martinez resident to go abroad again to pursue his educational and vocational dreams.
Andrew Fisher, a 2004 graduate of Augusta Christian Schools who graduated from Wake Forest University in the spring, left recently to attend a yearlong graduate program at The London School of Economics and Political Science. He plans to pursue a masters in finance and economics.
"It's a prestigious school," he said. "It also has a strong connection with international groups that aid developing countries."
During his senior year in college, Fisher wrote a thesis about the mathematical study of African development. He used data, statistics and calculations to predict the level of development in third world countries.
He said he would like to pursue a career in a third world country someday.
In the meantime, he plans to make the most of his experience in London.
"I like school right now," he said.
Fisher said he is ready for the academic challenges of the graduate program.
"I really like difficult things. It makes it fun when you understand it. I like to tackle things that shouldn't be tackled," he said.
He said that about 1,300 people applied for the graduate program and that about 80 people will be in his class. He also said there are fewer than 10 Americans in the program.
Fisher said he is looking forward to being around the caliber of students who are accepted into the program and being in the school's academic environment.
"Everybody there is just like me in that they really want to learn," he said.
Fisher, who enjoys art and classical music, also hopes to travel while he is in Europe.
He said he would like to attend concerts of music by Chopin and Mozart in Austria.
"It's really nice to be able to just take advantage of your blessings," he said. "I feel like I'm making the best with what I've been given, and that's a very satisfying thing."
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