Alyssa Bethencourt

Alyssa Bethencourt

Student Spotlight: Alyssa Bethencourt

What year are you?

Freshman

Hometown: 

Miami, FL

High School: 

Saint Brendan High School

Major: 

Telecommunications - News

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

"My phone! I use it for everything! News stories, to keep in contact with friends and family, social media, the list goes on and on!"

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

2 PM on a Saturday, I'm definitely feeling refreshed from being able to sleep in. Most of the time, I'd either be trying out a new restaurant in town or heading over to Paynes Prairie for some chill time!

What are your goals at UF?

The goals I set for myself are constantly changing. However, when I graduate I want to look back and say that I took advantage of every opportunity that was offered to me. Not only relating to my field of study, but also when it comes to professional and personal growth, building relationships with people, and making sure that I make even the smallest impact in somebody else's life.

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

Right now, I am focusing a lot of my time and energy into my career goals. I'm constantly working on refining my interview skills, editing ability, and writing. After graduation, I hope to earn a job working as a producer or reporter for a major news corporation. Innovation plays a huge role in my overall career path: picking the perfect news story pitch, what angle you want to take, what new videography skills I can use, etc. I definitely apply what I've learned in my IA classes to my everyday life.

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

Being an IA Gator has by far been one of the best decisions I have made throughout my college career. The Innovation minor allows students to challenge themselves and think outside of the box while working alongside their dynamic peers. Some of my best memories in college are all of the late night conversations my friends and I had in the Beaty Rec Room, experiences I wouldn't trade for anything in this world. I am thankful for IA for equipping me with the skills needed to work innovatively and efficiently in a group setting. I am so proud to be an IA Gator!

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

My involvement at UF has been multifaceted. As a freshman, I was a member of the Freshman Leadership Council, a member of the Student Government Senate where I served on both the Allocations and Judiciary committees, a member of the Innovation Leadership Program, and a recipient of the Outstanding First-Year Leadership Award.
As a sophomore, I served as the director of Student Government Outreach for the Freshman Leadership Council, continued my term in the Senate until it ended in February 2017, and was the Director of Media Relations for the Black Student Union.
As a junior, I produce for WUFT's five o'clock news cast, First at Five. I'm an anchor for WUFT Super 90's, and I produce/anchor All Things Considered for the NPR affiliate WUFT-FM. I serve as a College of Journalism and Communications Ambassador. I also work for Fox News as their Lead Campus Ambassador where I assist in recruiting students throughout the SEC for internships and jobs at Fox News.

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

Immerse yourself! Meet as many people as possible, join student organizations, be open minded. These three things have allowed me to grow so much and live out my college experience to the fullest. In these next four years, you will grow exponentially. Make your mark and welcome change. You are destined for greatness, never forget it!

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

I usually spend my fall semesters right here in the Gator Nation! I've been so fortunate to stay around in the fall and immerse myself in involvement opportunities that have helped shape me into who I am today. It's a great time to meet people and explore all that UF and Gainesville has to offer. I've taken the summer semesters to intern and gain experience in my field of study!