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Andrea Cando

Reading, PA, Currently applying to PA graduate programs


What experiences were you able to gain because of the Abele Scholars Program?

I was able to study abroad in Spain during winter break with my sister, Diana Cando, who is in cohort 3. It was a life-changing experience that has opened many doors for me, especially during interviews for graduate programs.

Why did you want to be an Abele Scholar?

My mother always taught me to “pay it forward” even if we have nothing to pay it forward with. When I heard about this program, I felt it was the perfect way to start in my educational career and transition it into my personal life. The Abele Scholars Program encompasses gratitude, service, values, and community, all of which are crucial pillars for students after graduation.

What do you want to tell Seniors applying right now?

This is a life-changing opportunity that can open many doors for you if you are willing to take a chance and put in the work.






When I was at Ursinus I was part of the Ursinus Cheer Team, did cardiovascular research on pregnant mice with Dr Bailey, was a Resident Advisor, and was vice president of VIRTUE Club. Off-campus, I worked as a medical assistant at Patient First. Now, I am applying to PA schools and hope to start next fall!

Piece of Advice

Plans can change, and that’s okay. It’s up to you to hustle and keep pushing.