Studying journalism taught him to care about the binds between people

Ever since first grade, or around the time it became apparent that a pro football career was not in my future, I’ve had only one career goal: to be a sportscaster. And why wouldn’t I? Watching sporting events and talking about them is what people with actual jobs do for fun and for free. Other people work late because their boss wants the report done ASAP. When I work late, it’s because a basketball game went to overtime. For sports fans, anchoring a nightly segment about sports is like working in a candy store.

This dream inspired me to study journalism. My passion outside of sports has always been communication: reading, writing, public speaking—anything that allows people to share stories and ideas. As a child, I always likened sportscasters to professional fans, but studying journalism has shown me the difference.

The revelation came last semester, when a professor told me, “people are attracted to people. Always put the human element first in your stories.” What he was really trying to tell me was that sports journalism is not really focused on the sport itself. Rather, it’s about the people that are bound together by them. It’s about the shooting guard that’s studying biomedical sciences to honor her brother’s fight with cancer. It’s about the volleyball player that’s still playing despite severed tendons in her ankle because she feels obligated to the team. That’s the important stuff, and that’s what studying journalism has taught me to care about.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle in my life has been my mother’s illness. She contracted a rare autoimmune disease when I was seven years old that inflamed her muscles to the point where she couldn’t use them. For the next three-and-a-half years, I went through school with only one parent while my mom learned to walk, chew and perform basic bodily functions again.

I don’t want to make it sound like it was that bad on my end; mom was the truly brave one. But I am proud of the fact that I did everything possible to make it easier on my parents. Learning and getting good grades became even more of a priority because it would be a bright spot in an otherwise difficult time for mom and dad. The habits that were developed back then continue to today.

Graduating college would mean a lot, but it is not enough for me to just graduate. I’ve started off with a lot of advantages in life that could make graduating merely easy. This is why I want not only to graduate in the top one percent of my class but also to speak at the graduation ceremony. Most of all, I want to have a television job waiting for me after that ceremony is over. All of this would mean a lot more because I know I’m capable of it, and nothing is better than living up to the standards that you know you are capable of reaching.

We are proud to announce Andrew Goldstein is one of the current JustJobs Scholarship finalists. Vote for his essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘heart’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • Valerie Asimacopoulos

    Andrew is truly one of the most driven, intelligent and thoughtful individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. From the first moment of meeting him it was obvious that he was destined for big things and would find a way to reach them, no matter how difficult the task. I’m honored to call him my friend, and know that this competition will him realize even more of his potential and take a vital step in reaching his dream!

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Wow thank you so much, Val! You’re a pretty special person too; caring, thoughtful and a pleasure to be around. Can’t wait to catch up in August!

  • Kendal Forde

    I heartily recommend Andrew as deserving of any and all assistance designed to help him achieve his goals. I have know him all his life and I am thrilled to see how accomplished he has become in clearly defining his motivations, his dedication to hard work in the pursuit of his goals and his gratitude for the sacrifices his parents made to assist in the realization of his dreams. He will certainly succeed in his life’s ambition no matter the obstacles. Ken Forde

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks so much, Mr. Forde! Really appreciate the support. Hope North Carolina is treating you well; you’re always welcome at our place any time!

  • Liam H

    Well-written article by an articulate young man. Excited for what the future holds for him

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks a ton, Liam. You’re a pretty articulate young man yourself. Glad to be able to call you a friend.

  • Kaley Rohlinger

    I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this scholarship than Andrew!

  • Andrew M

    It is with great pride and joy to have the opportunity to talk about Andrew Goldstein. I have known this young man since he was about five years old and it has been my privilege to see this outstanding boy develop into the man that he is today. I am a firm believer that outstanding success is the result of grit that I believe is an innate quality. Andrew not only possesses ability in his chosen profession but is a true example of grit. It will be one of life’s pleasures to have a front row seat to witness Andrew’s future success.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks, Mr. Mento! Appreciated the chance to be able to speak to the Lions’ Club earlier this summer and glad to be able to see you around for the last month or so.

  • Jamie Richmond

    When I first ‘met’ Andrew online, two things became immediately clear: he’s a genuinely cool, intelligent, and nice guy and he’s passionate about sports journalism. When he came to Australia for 6 months, getting to know Andrew and reading his work only further confirmed my first impressions. His writing is witty, funny, and engaging even to someone who isn’t a sports fan. From his essay above, I hope your ‘impression’ is that he’s a worthy candidate.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Aw thanks so much for that, Jamie! I was really thankful to have a local welcome me to Australia; that was a really nice thing to do, especially for someone who didn’t know anyone. We’re definitely going to keep in touch. Let me know if you’re ever in the U.S!

      P.S. I still feel terrible for forgetting about our first meeting and leaving you waiting.

  • Carol Gladis

    I’ve known Andrew his entire life and he has always been wise beyond his years. He has a passion for sports and a gift for writing, as shown in this essay!

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Aw thanks so much, Carol! You’ll have to visit at some point this summer; I know mom is dying to see you.

  • Kathryn Goldstein

    Great essay! Good luck!

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks a ton, Kate! Appreciate you taking the time to read it.

  • André B

    I’m a university language prof, and I know good writing when I see it. Andrew’s style and content are top notch! He has a work ethic and a respect for others that will allow him to make a fantastic contribution wherever he practices journalism.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thank you very much, Mr. Bougaieff. Appreciate you helping out. Hope all is well with you up in Canada.

  • Judy B

    I’ve never been drawn to watching sports events or reading about them, but Andrew changed that. I enjoy the particular slant Andrew bring to his reporting, with the focus on people — athletes, fans, society. And I like his style, too. It reflects the kind of person he is: focused and witty and humorous and sensitive and warm. He really is an outstanding candidate!

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks a ton, Aunt Judy! Really appreciate you helping out. Will have to get up to Trois-Rivieres one of these summers.

  • Sofia Milner

    It is not often when little boys tell you what they want to do when they grow up and truly end up following that dream! What is amazing is that Andrew from a very young age has had a clear vision of what interests him and has always shown dedication and commitment to this goal. In all these years I have known him he has never swayed away from this vision and pursued it with determined passion and talent. He is a lovely, compassionate, and hardworking young man who absolutely deserves this opportunity and you can be sure he will not disappoint!

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thank you so much, Mrs. Milner! I appreciate you taking the time to write a comment; it really does help.

  • Bonnie

    To make the most of life it’s important to have a creative focus and a drive for lifelong learning. Andrew, you have these in abundance!

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thank you! Grateful for your support.

  • RickBurke

    Andrew recently spoke at our Lions Club meeting in Cranbury. Afterward, I thought Andrew has all the same quality characteristics of Jim Nantz (CBS sports). A tough act to follow, but perhaps Andrew will be in the right place at the right time. I’d put money on it.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks a lot, Mr. Burke. I certainly have a big legacy to live up to in this industry and I’ll do my best. Glad to be able to speak to the Lions Club. Appreciate your support!

  • Ben

    Great article, I enjoyed reading it. Ben

  • J Comparato

    Andrew – you continue to impress and I can not wait to hear
    what Network or top 10 media conglomerate snatches
    you up…..

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks a ton for the support, Ms. Comparato! I hope that’s where I end up; fingers crossed on that one!

  • Jon

    Thankfully, Andrew’s mom and my wife is in, hopefully, lifetime remission from this rare autoimmune disease. I was amazed at how Andrew handled this tough time in our lives and how much he helped out and learned from this experience. I believe the experience contributed to his growing sensitivity about people and his ability to connect with others in his writing and telling stories from the “human” side of sports.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks, Pops. You were the one who really kept everything together during that time. I’m just thankful you were there.

  • Andrea

    As Andrew’s Mom, I found this essay quite moving. I believe that the strength we all gained having gone through this time far outweighs what it took from us. It has contributed to making Andrew what he is today…a competent, confident and driven aspiring broadcaster/journalist.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks ma. Love you lots and will always appreciate everything you went though to make me what I am today. I’m still not letting you win in Scrabble though.

  • Brendan Ploen

    From the moment I met Andrew, I had no doubt that he would succeed. He has rare and unique ability to capture the human spirit with every feature article he writes. On top of his writing skills, Andrew is an incredibly dedicated journalist and an even better person. As leader of the Marquette Wire Sports Department, he has shown how a team can work together efficiently and produce excellent content. This article shows his dedication and love for his job.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks a ton, Ploen! Glad to be able to work with you on the Wire. You’re a pretty darn good writer yourself and a decent person to boot. We’re gonna do some cool stuff this year.

  • Well done Andrew! Thanks for sharing

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks for your support! Much appreciated.

  • Shreya Dan

    Great article Andrew! You are an amazing human.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks Shreya! Appreciate you taking the time to read. Hope Montreal is treating you well!

  • Dramagoon

    From your article, I can tell that you will bring humanity and compassion into your reporting. The world needs more of that. With what I know about you, you have done more with your life than many do in twice the time. You will go far and do amazing things.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks so much, Mr. Magoon! Appreciate your help. You’ve raised a pretty darn good kid; AJ’s going to go on and do incredible things too.

  • A.J. Magoon

    Andrew’s ease and flair with writing is something I’ve long admired, as is the confidence with which he discusses his potential post-graduation career moves. If there’s anyone I trust to succeed after college, it’s most definitely Andrew Goldstein – this article simply affirms what I’ve thought for years.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      AJ!!! Thanks a ton, man. You’ve been a damn good friend to me since freshman year; one of the best I ever had. You put up with all of my puns, which should qualify you for sainthood in of itself. See you in a month or two, bud.

  • Becca Schaps

    Andrew is an incredibly dedicated student, who’s always working towards his bigger career goals. He will definitely be someone to watch out for once he graduates.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks Becca! This really helps me out. Glad to be able to call you a friend and a granddaughter. Counting down the days until we’re back at MU!

  • Chris

    Great read. Andrew’s one of the most hard working/dedicated students I’ve seen. If I was a network looking for talent I would definitely keep him on my radar.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks so much! Can’t tell you how much I appreciate the help. Hope all is well with you!

  • Tim

    Hi Andrew. I’ve been following your Twitter feed for a year or so now and I’ve been impressed by your style. Keep up the good work and good luck with the scholarship.

    • Andrew Goldstein

      Thanks so much for the comment! Glad I’ve been a good follow; I certainly try my best. Appreciate your help!