Andy Zhang’s high school experience has been defined by self-discovery. The ability to choose hobbies and friends that challenge and excite him has not always come easily, and he takes enormous pride in the person he has willed into existence. Andy started Webb as a self-conscious debater, baseball player, and Kanye West superfan. He feels that during this early period, his choices were motivated by pressure, not passion. The turning point came when Andy joined the cross country team his sophomore year; his newfound love of running and endurance sports deepened friendships and pushed him to his physical limits. Andy’s running career culminated in his triumphant (sort of) completion of the Los Angeles Marathon, after which he pivoted his attention to cycling. Already an accomplished rider, he loves working on elaborate schemes to get cars off the road, a dual effort that would make America safer and healthier, and his crew faster. Andy is glad his friend group fits no stereotype; he appreciates complexity and variety. His friends will miss his encyclopedic knowledge of hip-hop and Charlie XCX’s discography but take comfort in knowing that his passion will remain a thorn in the side of industrial modernity for years to come.
Andy is deeply empathetic and caring, he knows how to keep you grounded. When someone is freaking out, he reminds them to slow down, breathe, and take time for themselves.”
— Jenna Hawkes (‘21)