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Junior/Transportation and Logistics

Jacksonville, FL


Why did you come to UNF?   


UNF has always been at the top of my list of schools to attend. UNF offers a small campus feel with big campus amenities. The campus is ten minutes away from the beach, right next to the St. John's Town Center and only 15 minutes from downtown so the location is fantastic.  My family and friends are very important to me and staying close to them was also a factor. 


What is your favorite aspect of being a student at UNF?  


It is a small campus and everything is within walking distance. I see my friends on my way to class, at the Student Wellness Center, on the Green or at the Union. UNF offers more than 200 student clubs, 24 Greek organizations, concerts, festivals, intramurals and Division I athletics. There is always something going on which makes life as a UNF student really fun.   


What opportunities have you had at UNF that you might not have had elsewhere?  


The UNF Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program is one of the best in the southeast. Because we study in “America’s Logistics Center”  this program offers unlimited opportunities that have been instrumental in my success as a student.  One of the best opportunities is the T&L Career Day held each semester specifically for T&L majors.  Many logistics companies that are located in Jacksonville participate and students have multiple face-to-face interviews and receive offers for full-time and internship positions. I have had three different internships as a student at UNF and attribute my success to the unique networking opportunities offered at the T&L Career Day.  Another benefit of the T&L program are the facility tours offered each semester in and around Jacksonville by partners in the business community. Some of the facilities we have toured in the past are Michaels Distribution Center, Vistakon, Fanatics, Inc., Henry Schein, Inc. My favorite is the annual Big Sea Day, a comprehensive tour of JAXPORT that begins with a tugboat ride on the St. Johns River. 


The leadership and networking opportunities offered by the Transportation and Logistics Society (TLS) are incredible. TLS is one of largest clubs on campus with about 120 members and being involved has changed my life.  I joined in my freshman year and have held the following positions on the board: Social Director, Treasurer, Vice President, and currently, the President.  We have meetings every month, bringing in business professionals and alumni to talk about various subjects such as life after graduation, why it is important to join professional organizations after graduation, and interviewing techniques. The meetings give students a chance to network with each other and the business professionals in a relaxed comfortable environment. 


How have these opportunities shaped your "personal journey" (collegiate and otherwise)?  


These opportunities have created a journey that I will remember forever.  I truly believe the opportunities UNF has to offer are unique, and if you are willing to do the work, UNF can take you places you never thought were possible. I am grateful for the countless opportunities to grow, the individualized attention, and support from faculty and staff at UNF. The choices I have made, starting with the decision to attend UNF and major in Transportation and Logistics, have made my student experience exceptional in every way.


Do you currently have or plan to participate in any internships?    


During my freshman year, I had a part time job at Crowley Maritime Corporation in Jacksonville, FL.  Last summer I had an internship at the Target Distribution Center in Lake City, FL.  This summer, I will be doing an internship with Arizona Chemical in Jacksonville, FL. 


Where do you think your UNF education will take you in the future?  


The education I have received at UNF has been very helpful for my career in the future.  I am blessed to have found a subject I am passionate about and look forward to my career in logistics.  I plan to do one of two things right after graduation:  get my masters at a top school such as Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State or find a dream job in a  management trainee position within a fortune 500 company.   

I truly believe the opportunities UNF has to offer are unique, and if you are willing to do the work, UNF can take you places you never thought were possible. I am grateful for the countless opportunities to grow, the individualized attention, and support from faculty and staff at UNF.