Andrew Ranzinger is no stranger to Enactus. In fact, he’s unlikely to be a stranger just about anywhere he goes. The current Vice President of Project Development is a world traveler who has seen more countries and cultures than most. Born and raised in Africa, Andrew began his pursuit of seeing the world at an early age. By the age of 13 he had lived in Nigeria, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom before moving state-side, where he lived on the east-coast before parting off to a boarding school found in our neighbors to the north. After two years in Canada, and then several more in Michigan, he was ready to begin his real travels.
Andrew joined Enactus two years ago as a sophomore working on his dual major: Accounting and Spanish. Despite joining as a general member, he soon found himself directing his own project, Biz Boost (a project that worked in conjunction with Biz Fund). That same year, he also served as a member of the presentation team who represented our organization in competition. He took the following year off to study abroad in Spain, and has rejoined us this year to help oversee the formation and fruition of new project ideas.
If you were to ask Andrew to offer something about himself that most don’t know about —he’s unlikely to mention the fact that he’s a fluent Spanish speaker, or that he has played the cello for 7 years. He might bring up his extensive travels (and you might be able to write them all down, if your penmanship is quicker than mine). But, he’s more than likely to tell you just how much his life has changed since joining Enactus, the time he spent preparing while on the presentation team. The bonding between members, the teamwork, the anxiety, and the overwhelming sense of accomplishment of performing the presentation, are some of his fondest collegiate memories.
His passion for diversity and culture shine through when he speaks, and he truly is an esteemed member of this year’s team. If you haven’t had a chance to sit down with Andrew and share some ideas about current projects, up-coming projects, or life in general, you would be hard-pressed to find a more culturally diverse guy. Unless of course you know someone who’s been to: Turkey, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Luxembourg, Andorra, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovakia… and others. There’s more, I’m sure, but I had to cut him off once my hand grew numb (¡¡ Eso es una gran cantidad de paises!!)