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Senior/Finance and Economics

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 

Why did you come to UNF?

 

When I decided to go abroad for college, I considered several universities in Florida. Ultimately I chose UNF because I had a very positive experience going through the application process. The recruiting team at the International Center was very dedicated and attentive to many of my concerns. As an international student, this accessibility was a very important factor.

 

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

 

My favorite part of being an Osprey was being actively involved in different aspects of a small but vibrant campus where it was relatively easy to build relationships with fellow students and faculty members.

   

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

 

I always had a taste for traveling, and I was delightfully surprised by all the faculty-led trips and exchange programs offered by the Coggin College of Business every semester. The school offers many incentives to promote international education and cultural exchanges. I had the opportunity to study in France, myself, for a semester. It was a very rewarding experience.

   

As an Honors student, I also had to complete a capstone project to graduate. I spent a summer interning in Washington D.C. with a wealth management firm. The internship was part of a larger program offered by the Washington Center through the UNF Honors Program. I would work, go to class, visit the city, and attend presentations at the Capitol, World Bank and some other institutions. It was my third time in D.C. and I really enjoyed it.

   

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

 

These opportunities made me more ambitious in defining my career goals, and more confident in my ability to succeed in very diverse environments.

When I decided to go abroad for college, I considered several universities in Florida. Ultimately I chose UNF because I had a very positive experience going through the application process.