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HometownHeredia, Costa Rica Degree Class of 2014
B.A. in Business Economics
Class of 2016
M.A. in PCL

Andy Cabistan

Co-Founder, Watson Works LLC

What did you love most about Armstrong and why?
Having the opportunity to learn about making a difference in the world through leadership, entrepreneurship and service.

How did Armstrong help you succeed in your field?
My degree in business economics helped me gain the foundation I needed to feel comfortable enough to enter into the business world after graduating from Armstrong. Then, my master's in professional communication and leadership has helped me apply that knowledge to the development of my company.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
Professor Bob Lee. Bob is an experienced businessman, and he was my Economics of Entrepreneurship professor in my senior year. He inspired me to become an entrepreneur after graduation. He was not only a professor but also an invaluable mentor in my entrepreneurial development.

Why did you decide to attend Armstrong?
I have always been passionate about technology and innovation. Armstrong has a strong computer science program, so I first decided to come for computer science. After being in the program for a couple of years, I realized that my strengths were in management and leadership, so I decided to switch to economics and develop my business skills.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Armstrong?
Having the opportunity to be the student body president my senior year. That was a year full of growth, and it helped me discover skills and abilities that I didn’t know I had. The mentors I had and the great team of student leaders created a perfect synergy and resulted in a successful term in office.

Did you do any extracurricular activities and/or internships that were particularly memorable?
One summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the Veterans Administration in Hawaii. I helped in their finance department. That experience was unforgettable. I not only had the honor to serve veterans but also the opportunity to scuba dive with sea turtles, whitetip reef sharks and hike around the island of O'ahu.

What is your best advice to current Armstrong students?
Spend as much time as you can developing a self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses. You can do this by exposing yourself to different academic, social and professional environments. Gaining insight and understanding into who you are is key to achieving success after graduation.

Why are you proud to be an Armstrong alum?
Simple, I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it wasn’t for the education I received at Armstrong. Everyone went out of their way to see me succeed as a student and as a young professional. I look forward to giving back to the school in the coming years as my entrepreneurial endeavors grow and expand.