Student Spotlight: Maggie Spillane

Student Spotlight: Maggie Spillane

What year are you?



Gainesville, FL

High School:

Buchholz High School



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

“The Gregorian calendar. Created in 1852, the Gregorian calendar is now internationally recognized as the standard civil calendar. What's beautiful about the Gregorian calendar is that it only corrected the length of the calendar year by .002%. This just goes to show that nobody's perfect, not even the Julian calendar! Another fascinating aspect of the Gregorian calendar is that the original motivation for creating the calendar was to help set the date for Easter. This fact can be used in the argument that most of Western civilization is built on and intertwined with Christianity, a topic that has long been debated. Most importantly the calendar allows us to mock our friends and family who were misfortunate enough to have been born on February 29th and are therefore only a quarter of the age they claim to be.”

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

“I'm probably working at the beautiful Lake Wauburg where I might be belaying someone at the rock wall or renting out kayaks or facilitating a team challenge course! If I'm not there then I'm probably watching Netflix and reading about the Gregorian calendar.”

What are your goals at UF?

“My goal at UF is to impact as many students as possible. I love interacting with students at all stages of their UF journey and am thankful that through my involvement I am able to do so. In the future, I would feel very happy to know that I helped a few people to make new friends, find their way around, learn a little bit and love UF.”

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

"A blog that informs University of Florida students, faculty, staff and others about the best bathrooms on campus.”

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

"I chose to join IA because it presented me with the opportunity to individualize my experience at UF. Not only do IA students get to earn a unique Innovation minor, but we are given the resources to partake in internships, jobs and other professional development experiences that we otherwise might not know about. IA has helped me expand and develop my people skills by teaching me about the way people think, learn, and create.”

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

“I am an IA Ambassador, Dance Marathon delegate, LEAD by IA Public Relations director, and photographer for the Orange and Blue Magazine."

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

“Know where your advisors' offices are!!! Both your college advisor AND your IA advisor. Once you have found said office: go inside, say hey, utilize their knowledge. I promise they are there to help you.”

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

“Freshman year, I made great use of my fall by interning for the Florida Democrats and watching all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls. This year I made great use of my fall by working at a great job, getting involved with tons of organizations, taking pictures for a UF magazine and watching all 10 seasons of Friends. Next fall I plan on watching all 9 seasons of Seinfeld.”