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Student and Alumni Blog

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2024 Nominees

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Only the Beginning: My Story of Freshman Year

Hi, my name is Stephanie Barbosa a first year Finance major here at the University of Florida with a minor in Innovation. Join me as I share my insights, struggles, and triumphs in navigating the transition from high school to university life.

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Embracing the Ambition: Building Dreams with Discipline

Hello everyone! My name is Andres, I am a Computer Science Hispanic student minoring in Innovation.

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Redefining Horizons: My College Expedition of Innovating for a Better Tomorrow

As an advocate for mental health awareness and resilience, I believe in the power of surrounding oneself with motivated individuals, especially in academic settings like the Innovation Academy. My own journey has taught me the importance of navigating challenges with persistence and self-awareness, particularly when facing the complexities of today’s socio-political landscape.

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Innovation and You

Leyla Karimova is a creative and innovative individual with a diverse background in entrepreneurship, marketing and business administration. Her academic journey reflects a commitment to both marketing and technical subjects. Starting as a marketing major, she later transitioned to STEM-related courses, prospects of product design and innovative startups.

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Navigating Through the Lens of a Focused Fool—A Journey of Ambition, Resilience, and Innovation

Hello, I’m Saif Odeh, an Information Systems student with a minor in AI. Being a first-generation student, I was forced to overcome challenges and embrace growth. I learned to be comfortable with the uncomfortable; diverse experience has shaped my identity.

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The Art of Networking

Hello, I’m David Zepeda, a fourth-year Advertising student with a minor in Innovation at the University of Florida. As a first-generation Nicaraguan student, I’ve overcome challenges and actively contributed to the UF community.

2023 Nominees

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The Journey of Innovation: Evaluating Your Past, Present, and Future

Hello! My name is Jordan Anderson (she/her), and I am a second-year Innovation Academy student majoring in Finance. I am originally from Minnesota, #GoViks.

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Experience the Power of Innovation

Julen Arriaga (he/him) is a junior pursuing a major in Information Systems through the Warrington College of Business and a minor in Innovation. He is currently an Innovation Academy ambassador and interns at an engineering startup in Gainesville, FL.

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You Deserve a Seat at the Table

Matthew is a senior studying Information Systems at the Warrington College of Business and minoring in Innovation. Matthew held positions as Vice President of Gator Sports Management Organization and Director of Outreach for UF Club Pickleball.

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When Innovation Meets Opportunity

My name is Hayden Hawes, and I am an upcoming sophomore studying Agricultural Education and Communication with a specialization in Communications and Leadership Development (AEC-CLD). I find myself where I am today thanks to a particular mindset. This mindset is one I will sincerely encourage you to adopt.

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Dive Headfirst into Your Growth

Hi! My name is Abigail Nedved. I am a sophomore majoring in advertising through the Innovation Academy here at the University of Florida.

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Learning About Yourself as Much as What You Study

My name is David DeVore. I am a senior computer science major in the Innovation Academy here at UF!

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Monica Schiller

Monica Schiller (she/her) is currently a senior in the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida. She majors in marketing and has a passion for business, entrepreneurship, technology, and beauty.