Her transition from high school to university was less successful than ever imagined. Her frosh year at UCSB found her struggling academically and athletically as her Gaucho team suffered through a 6-50 season. Then the real Andrea Serrano stood up. She became a two-time winner of UCSB’s Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award; was selected as a GTE Academic All-American; a Big West Scholar-Athlete; and won All-Big West Conference honors.
Typically her proudest moments are not individual accomplishments; they include a Gaucho win over UCLA during a record-setting Bruins’ win streak. Overcoming adversity defines Andrea Serrano. She broke her cheekbone in a pre-senior season freak softball accident. So what? Just wear a protective cage and get on with the game. That same spirit and determination made her an Academic All-American.
She majored in Speech and Hearing Sciences, obtained an M.S. in the same field, and what is she doing now? “I love my job as a speech-language pathologist working with special needs students ages 5-22.” She credits her family for any successes; her mother Joan was a recipient of the Louise Lowry Davis Award, her dad coached and her siblings competed. She lives in Tucson, is a Yoga instructor and loves to hike. Her proud moments include: “Teachers or parents expressing how you are making a difference in their kid’s lives.”