What year are you?
North Miami Beach
NSU University School
What is the one innovation you can’t live without?
“My iCalendar. Honestly, I would be so lost without having all of my classes, events, social gatherings, and exams all scheduled and synced with my phone, computer, and e-mail. It keeps my life organized and keeps me timely.”
It is 2 p.m. Saturday. Where are you, and what are you doing?
“I am most likely just getting home from a morning hike and getting ready to hit the library and study for organic chemistry. I love the natural scenes surrounding Gainesville and they really help me to reflect on things and stay focused on my priorities.”
What are your goals at UF?
“Currently, my goal at UF is to graduate and pursue a career in veterinary medicine.”
What innovative projects are you currently working on or want to work on?
“I am currently working on writing a book about my own personal growth and understanding what it means to be truly happy and at peace with oneself. I haven’t really had the time I’d like to devote to it, but it is in its rough draft stages and I’m planning on working on it more during my gap year, while I apply to graduate school.”
Why did you choose to attend UF IA? How has it enhanced your college experience so far?
“So when I applied to IA, I wasn’t really sure what it was exactly. As I am a member of the 2nd cohort, on my application, I simply checked a box to be considered for IA. But, it was the best box I ever checked. Through IA, I’ve gained my home away from home, and a new perspective on life and the way things work.”
What are you involved in here on campus? (Clubs, organizations, hobbies, interests)
- UF Outdoor Adventure Recreation (OAR)
- Research Project
What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming IA freshmen?
“One piece of advice I would give to incoming IA freshmen is: remember to take care of yourself. At UF, especially within IA, it is so easy to get involved and become overwhelmed with the amount of school work, professional opportunities, social events, and organizations that we often forget to take care of ourselves. Remember that you are just as important (if not more important) than what it is you’re apart of. Your health is important and it is essential to make time for yourself to be successful and fully present in your classes. Involvement is not worth sacrificing your health and well-being.”
How do you plan to spend your fall semester(s)?
“This past fall semester I spent in Boston, MA. I was working up there as a hospital shadow at the VCA Brookline Animal Hospital, under a few of their veterinarians. It was an awesome experience and I learned so much about myself and the responsibilities that veterinarians have. I was able to observe and assist with many surgical and non-surgical procedures, work with clients, learn about the business aspect of the hospital, as well as meet with pharmaceutical representatives and pet food representatives. Definitely a life experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.”
How have you contributed positively to the Gainesville community?
“Previously, I served as the President of IA LEAD, a leadership organization for students across campus and it was an extremely rewarding position. I helped connect students with each other, and with entrepreneurs and resources all across Gainesville. We put on events to help students connect, lead, and grow; things such as community service events, mixer events with other campus organizations, as well as brought in speakers to engage with us. And, it is through holding this position that I feel I was able to have such an impact on the students and people I was working with.”