Jacob Wetter

What year are you?



Fort Myers, Florida

High School: 

Cypress Lake High School


Political Science

What is the one innovation you can’t live without?

“The one innovation I can’t live without is GPS. I’m terrible at navigating streets, so without GPS I’d never get anywhere.”

It is 2 p.m. Saturday. Where are you, and what are you doing?

“Saturday is usually my day where I treat myself to fun. I try to hang out with friends by either watching Gator football or going to some of the neighboring springs up here in Gainesville.”

What are your goals at UF?

“My goals here at UF include working as hard as I can to get a great GPA, make connections that can last a lifetime, and help promote the Innovation Academy to prospective students.”

What innovative projects are you currently working on or want to work on?

“Right now I am working on developing a leadership development plan with my Innovation Leadership Program team to help teach students at UF the things they need to know to be successful.”

Why did you choose to attend IA? How has it enhanced your college experience so far?

“I chose to attend the Innovation Academy because of the uniqueness of the program. Anyone can do a traditional program and follow a traditional path to a traditional job. I want to break tradition and become successful in everything I want to do. The Innovation Academy has become a family to me. It instantly gives you a connection with 1,000 plus students here on campus that are also Innovation Academy students.”

What are you involved in here on campus? (Clubs, organizations, hobbies, interests)

“I am the Executive Director for the Innovation Leadership Progam, an Associate Justice on the Student Traffic Court, and I work at Publix.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming IA freshmen?

“My one piece of advice for incoming IA freshmen would be to get involved in as much as you can here on campus to make sure you find your passions and friends that will last you a lifetime.”

How do you plan to spend your fall semester(s)?

“This fall semester I’m staying up here in Gainesville to enjoy Gator Football and get started on my dual degree in a low pressure academic time. In the future I plan on studying abroad and getting an internship.”

How have you contributed positively to the Gainesville community?

“I have contributed to the Gainesville community through the Innovation Leadership Program, participating In large scale philanthropy events such as The Big Event and our own event, Splashin’ for Charity, where the proceeds went directly to the Ronald McDonald house in Gainesville.”

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