OC grad is a Harvard man Silvestri takes OC education, experience to Ivy League

Andrew Silvestri is a Harvard man.

After graduating from Oklahoma Christian with a degree in government and legal studies and a minor in international studies, Andrew is living out his lifelong goal at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

“Going to Harvard has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember,” Andrew said. “To see it happen is a dream come true. It’s a blessing from God.”

Andrew is working on his master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis in international security and economic development. Ultimately, he wants to run for public office or become an international ambassador.

Most students at the Kennedy School have years of professional experience. Only four percent are accepted straight out of college like Andrew was.

“I was a little scared that going to a smaller Christian school like OC might hold me back. Really, the opposite was true,” he said.

Andrew participated in many activities at OC. He served as Student Government Association president, traveled with the Pacific Rim program, and more. Beyond OC, he worked on U.S. Congressman Ernest Istook’s campaign for governor and for corporation commissioner Denise Bode’s campaign for the U.S. Congress.

“Had I not come to OC, I don’t think I would have been able to get involved in the organizations I did or been exposed to the different job opportunities I had,” he said.

Andrew was homeschooled for most of his life. He spent his teen years in Portugal, where his parents served as missionaries. That opened Andrew’s eyes to the vast world around him and sparked his passion for international relations.

Andrew says God placed several opportunities in front of him at Oklahoma Christian that helped him grow academically and spiritually. He also surrounded himself with positive role models who taught him a lot.

“Being around strong leaders helps you become a strong leader yourself. When you are around Godly men and women who are intelligent, ambitious and strong in their faith, you model your life after them and other successful people,” he said. “All of that combined with hard work and God by your side are huge keys to success.”

By Wes McKinzie and Jacey Jacobs