Scholar Spotlight: Andrew Marinaccio

The Stanwich Club, caddie  |  Bucknell University  |  Class of 2020

Andrew Marinaccio, caddie from The Stanwich Club, is currently a junior at Bucknell University, where he studies Physics and Mathematics.  At Bucknell, he is also on the Recruitment Chair for Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the vice president of Bucknell’s Men’s Rugby Program.  In this role, he was responsible for all managerial and financial aspects of the rugby program, as well as responsible for speaking to coaches and staff of other clubs to keep themselves in the loop!  Andrew has had many experiences with leadership, varying from his fraternity to the Boy Scouts of America and says all have been positive experiences.   

In the summer of 2018, Andrew interned at Tradeweb Markets, LLC. There, he worked on several projects, one of which was a data analytics project exposing mathematical irregularities by dissecting provided data. Andrew also ran a variety of tests to see how much time and what it takes to execute a trade between business clients.

Q: What is your current major? What made you pursue your academic studies in this major?

I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Physics with a minor in math. 

I’m probably a little biased, but I just think that Physics the purest subject out there. 

When I was younger, I would always look at the world around me, and ask myself: “How exactly does this all work? There has to be a way we measure and quantify all of this.” I was able to take AP Physics 1 during my junior year at Greenwich High School. Slowly but surely, some of the lingering questions I had about the universe started to be answered. I’m a very visual learner, so Physics came easily to me. I also had an incredible teacher, which didn’t hurt. 

After taking AP Physics 1, I was hungry for more. Luckily, Greenwich High School also offered AP Physics 2. I enrolled in AP Physics 2 as a senior, and absolutely loved it. 

I enrolled as a physics major at college and the rest is history. Even though the workload is sometimes challenging, I have come to love the subject.

Q: If caddieing has taught you anything, what would it be?

Working as a caddie taught me to have an incredible amount of patience. Some days I would wait from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and go home empty handed. As a young caddie, I had to earn my stripes. Sometimes waiting all day for a loop was what I had to do to show my commitment to the club. Waiting was part and parcel of being a caddie. As a caddie, you have to think “big picture.” Yeah, sometimes work is slow, but in the long run, things work out, and at the end of the day, the caddie manager is trying to help out all of his guys. 

Q: If you were to give back to the community, how would you do so?

If I had the resources to do so, I would love to organize a free to play recreational basketball league for kids from low income families. Sometimes, memberships for sports leagues are expensive, and I think that sports are excellent ways to teach life lessons such as leadership and teamwork, which are essential lessons throughout life. 

Q: What interested you in becoming an Eagle Scout?

My Eagle Scout Project was the construction of an 83-foot-long elevated boardwalk section at the Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary (which is a property of the Greenwich Audubon Center). After the boardwalk was completed, I installed several fence posts around a shrubbery garden. The fence was electrified and used in order to prevent wildlife from entering the shrub garden and eating the plants.