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Bella Genta

Sarasota, Florida • Interdisciplinary Studies

Bella Genta is passionate about protecting our natural resources, particularly the coastal environment. An Honors student, Bella has studied abroad in Peru, Morocco and Spain, and even served as the UNF Student Government president. 

 

She plans to continue her education and pursue a master's degree focusing on natural resource management and sustainable development.

 

Get to Know Bella Genta
  • What is your major and why did you choose it?

    I am in an Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating in International Conservation. I have always been passionate about the natural environment, particularly coastal and marine systems, and want to pursue a career in coastal resource management and sustainable development. Being able to create a degree program that would allow me to be a leader in this field on an international level is so valuable. It will help ensure that I’m prepared to tackle the modern environmental problems that affect people and wildlife globally.
  • Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida?

    UNF’s commitment to nature — its appreciation and student access to it — really blew me away. This, in addition to the focus on engaging undergraduate students in research, study abroad and internships, made UNF an easy sell.
  • What do you like most about UNF?

    Initially, I loved the small class sizes, personalized education and student experience focus. As I move closer to graduating and leaving the University, I realize it’s been the people I have met — fellow students, professors, administration and professional staff — that have made me love UNF as much as I do.
  • What has been your coolest UNF experience so far?

    I have been able to study abroad in Peru, Morocco and Spain and also have been able to serve as the student body president. The combination of international travel and leadership in Student Government have been pivotal in my personal and professional development, so I think they are equally amazing.
  • Do you have any advice for high school students?

    Don’t stress about fitting in when you go to college. As long as you concentrate on what is important to you, personally and educationally, you are going to find people there that will support and encourage you. It’s those people who are going to be key to you succeeding not only in college, but also in life.
UNF student Bella Genta featured in Osprey Profile

UNF’s commitment to nature — its appreciation and student access to it — really blew me away. This, in addition to the focus on engaging undergraduate students in research, study abroad and internships, made UNF an easy sell.