Thursday, April 22, 2021
Andrea smiling while holding a sing that say Hello my name is Andrea Van Wyk Ph.D Candidate

Congratulations to Andrea for working hard this spring and passing her comprehensive examinations! 

“There is nothing more beautiful than when you prove to yourself just how strong you are!”

The last few months have pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of. There were many days where I wanted to walk away and give up on my dreams. But today, I am happy to announce that I passed my comprehensive examination and I am one step closer to making my dreams of being a professor come true!!

I am so grateful to have such amazing friends, family, and mentors in my corner to encourage and support me through this process. Among those is my group mate Nicole, who deserves the biggest thanks, for all the hours she spent reading drafts, being a sounding board for ideas, talking me off mental cliffs and reminding me how strong I am. (She also makes amazing cake!)