Andrea Ayala is a print journalism major and French minor at California State University, Fullerton.

Her love for writing began when her fifth grade teacher encouraged her to enter a poetry competition. She continued her passion for writing throughout school in the form of creative writing and journalism. Having spent much of her childhood breaks in Mexico, Andrea was inspired to write about the people and experiences she saw. Andrea was named a California Arts Scholar for creative writing the summer of her junior year of high school.

At CSUF, she spent two years as part of Ballet Folklorico de CSUF, was part of the creative writing club and contributed to the French club. In 2011, she was a recipient for the Maxwell scholarship for Communications. Andrea spent six months in Paris studying French literature at L’Institut Catholique du Paris. Living in Paris’ Vietnamese neighborhood, Ivry-sur-Seine, Andrea was first introduced to and became interested in Vietnamese culture.

Andie held several roles on the staff of CSUF’s Daily Titan, the student publication, serving as an advertising executive, Features assistant editor, content editor and staff writer.

She gained experience in journalism through internships at the Inland Empire Weekly and the Orange County Register. She has also freelanced for Inside Fullerton and is a contributing writer to CSUF’s Tusk student-produced magazine.

Andrea loves traveling, languages and Woody Allen. She hopes to incorporate her passion for telling people’s stories throughout her lifetime. She will be graduating in May 2013.

Andrea's works:

  • Bracing for the Pain
    Leaving their lives behind, the dental team fills cavities and pulls teeth for hundreds of Vietnamese children each year.
  • An American teaching in Saigon
    Darren Rogers is an expat who finds this is where he wants to be
  • A Cup of Something New
    Starbucks arrives in Vietnam, making its American mark, as well as challenging local Vietnamese coffee culture