Freshman/Secondary Mathematics Education Major
Why did you come to UNF?
I came to UNF because it was the only
school in Florida that was willing to go above and beyond to help me achieve my
goal of going to college. The Disability Resource Center had a huge impact on
my decision. They offered me the accommodations they had, as well as, the
opportunity to brainstorm other accommodations I might need that they didn't
offer at the time, but could try and make possible. It felt like such a
friendly atmosphere. The campus has such a diverse population that everyone is
accepted and I felt that I fit right in.
What is your favorite aspect of being a student at
My favorite part is the diversity on
campus. I am accepted for who I am and I know I don't have to change to fit in. This holds true to every student as well. There is something for everyone on
have you had at UNF that you might not have had elsewhere?
The biggest opportunity I have had is
that I was able to accomplish my goal of being a college student. I would not be
where I am today if I hadn't chosen to attend UNF in the fall. I also have had
the opportunity to rush with the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and make so many
friendships. I have also begun doing volunteer work in the community with Hope
Haven. And I have been granted a job at the disability resource center on
campus where I help other students with disabilities accomplish their own
dreams of going to college.
How have these
opportunities shaped your "personal journey" (collegiate and
These opportunities have shaped me into
an independent young woman who knows there is always a way and that
"can't" is not an option. From these opportunities, I am an advocate
for other students who don't believe they can go to school or get a job because
of their disabilities. There's a quote I've lived by for a long time:
"believe in yourself and you're halfway there." This is just one
example of how we should look at reaching a goal, believing in yourself is the
very first step. These opportunities have also only strengthen my desire to
become a teacher. I feel that it's my turn to give back to all of those who
have helped me to get to where I am today.
Do you currently have
or plan to participate in any internships?
I will intern with the College of Education
when the time comes so I can get the full experience of being a high school
Where do you think
your UNF education will take you in the future?
My UNF education will take me past my
bachelors degree to continue my education getting a masters degree in special
education. I also hope that I will become a stronger advocate to help everyone
accomplish their ambitions.