Every student nearing the end of high school
starts the uneasy search for the next step — the right choice of a university. As
I started this search, I remember wanting the perfect blend —merging the benefits
of a large public university with a private school feel. I sought smaller class
sizes, more professor-student interaction and a warm environment. I wanted my
college experience to be special. I wanted to leave with a useful degree,
lessons learned and wonderful memories. Little did I realize that not only
would the University of North Florida fulfill all these expectations and more,
but it would also serve as the catalyst for my career.
After I came to UNF, my fascination with
things in motion became a clear career objective. Ever since I can remember, moving
people and things has fascinated me. The Coggin College of Business’s
Transportation and Logistics Flagship program was the perfect match I was
As I continued my studies, I discovered UNF
provided wonderful ways to put my training to use while offering incredible
professional experiences. I served as vice president and now president of the
100-member Transportation and Logistics Society, spent a year in Student
Government, represented the Coggin College of Business as a student ambassador
and served as president of the Delta Sigma Pi business professional fraternity.
The internships I’ve completed while at UNF
have been indispensable. I’ve interned at Rexel, one of the nation’s largest
electrical and datacom distributors where I was exposed to the warehousing side
of logistics and operations management.
More recently, I began interning at the Jacksonville office of Crowley
Maritime Corporation working in Caribbean logistics. I’m part of a team that is
responsible for the distribution of cargo containers from the moment they dock
in San Juan until they reach their final destination in Puerto Rico or other
Since I plan a career in logistics, I also
took it upon myself to plan my own study abroad experience in Argentina. I
arranged to live with a non-English speaking Argentinean family and took
classes in Spanish at the University of Buenos Aires for four months. I wanted
to immerse myself in a Spanish-speaking culture so I could learn the language.
I use Spanish every day at Crowley.
also grateful for the Alumni Association Scholarship and for the honor of being
selected by the Jacksonville Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain
Management Professionals to represent the chapter at its global conferences. I’m
also proud to have represented UNF at two national competitions. These have
been huge transformational learning opportunities for me as they have given me
incredible exposure professionally. I am so grateful for the phenomenal past
few years. I wouldn’t change a thing.
As for the future, I've accepted a position with CSX Intermodal after graduation. It will be a perfect starting place for my career. I
also plan to obtain an advanced degree in logistics and supply chain
Thanks, UNF, for giving me wonderful
opportunities and instilling an undying passion for the world of things in