August 10, 2020

Andrea Sanjuro: Valedictorian Story | F.I.R.S.T. Institute

“The second I got in… I was like, ‘this is the school. This is what I want to do.’”

Meet Andrea

Andrea Sanjuro is our newest valedictorian! Her interest in recording arts began early in life, when she saw a mixing board for the first time at a work event she attended with her mother. After becoming enamored with it, she asked the operator about his job – and soon realized that working with that equipment would make for a fine future career as a front of house engineer.


Showing Initiative

Although she was only in fifth grade, Andrea began pursuing her dream that very night. Over the course of years, she looked at various technical schools offering courses on audio engineering. She found F.I.R.S.T. because of its positive online reviews, citing the small class sizes and online learning.

F.I.R.S.T. was one of the first schools Andrea toured (one month before she even graduated from high school!) It was an instant connection. And now, 11 months later, she’s graduated with the highest honors!

Discovering Possibilities

Andrea enrolled at F.I.R.S.T. Institute with the express purpose of learning music production – but upon realizing all the different avenues she could pursue (like foley arts, radio ad production, audio visual work, and more), she wanted to try everything! She felt engaged in school because it didn’t “feel like work” – it was fun, something she felt she could do every day.

Finding a Job… Fast!

Andrea found a job at a studio within two weeks of graduating from F.I.R.S.T.! She did this by attending one of the job fairs that is regularly scheduled by the school. She secured an internship at a local studio while she was still studying. Upon graduation, they offered her a full time position, which she gladly accepted.

Andrea was able to secure a great position in the industry through her own hard work and the opportunities that F.I.R.S.T. provides. “It feels insanely crazy. It’s an awesome feeling,” she says. “It really does make me feel extremely lucky to be paid doing something I love!”

Learn how F.I.R.S.T. can help you

With hands-on learning and a focus on career development we are confident your experience at F.I.R.S.T. will help make your creativity translate into a career you love. Learn more about our Recording Arts & Show Production program and take your career to the next level.