Andy Polston


Graduation Year – May 2026

Hometown – Winchester, VA

What is your major(s) and minor(s)? – Major in Environmental Biology, minor in Anthropology

What are your educational and/or career goals? How do you see your participation in the Bonner program relating to them? – My goal after I graduate is to pursue a career related to Marine Biology.

What is your service site and service track(s)? – The Virginia Living Museum; Environment & Animals

Other than Bonner and your service site, what organizations are you involved with (on and/or off campus)? – none

Why did you want to become a Bonner Service Scholar? – I wanted to be able to be engaged in the community around me during my time in Newport News.

What is your favorite experience that the Bonner Program has given you? The First-Year Pilgrimage where I was able to get closer to my cohort 🙂

What advice would you give to a new Bonner to help them get the most out of the program? – Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people in the program, especially the people in your cohort.

What have you learned about yourself from being a Bonner? – That it’s easier to become more engaged with the people around me than I thought.

What do you think your role is in creating social change? What do you see yourself doing in the future to further your role? – I think my role is being able to spread information about important topics, like volunteering at places that encourage learning more about those topics.

What are your hobbies and/or interests (outside of academics and Bonner)? – Environmental science, cats, and nature walks

List your favorite: book, movie, musician/band, food, and quote – Book: Perks of Being a Wallflower; Musician: Pierce the Veil; Food: Curry Chicken

Share a fun fact – My cats’ names are Helena and Egress,