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Harry Potter helped bring me to the University of North Florida. Well, it wasn’t him exactly. It was a class about the politics in the Harry Potter book series offered by the University’s Honors Program that drew me in. I love those books, so being able to learn more about them in a great, tight-knit academic community like UNF seemed like the perfect fit for me.
Funny thing is, I haven’t been able to take that Harry Potter class just yet. I’ll jump on it the next semester it’s offered. But I’ve had some other great classes with UNF’s Honors Program. These courses go a bit deeper and give me the chance to think outside the box. Also, the class sizes are smaller so the professors can really engage with us.
That interaction with my professors is a big part of why UNF is the best fit for me. When I was choosing what college I would attend, I visited a larger school and was immediately put off. I didn’t like the size of the campus or its classes. I was coming from a collegiate high school with about 270 students where I knew everyone and was something of an ambassador for the school. That’s the kind of environment I wanted in college — I didn’t want to be lost in the shuffle and go-with-the-flow, not really contributing to the campus before getting my degree. It took one visit for me to realize UNF just felt more like home.
I’ll admit — it’s been tough. Taking Honors classes is rewarding but challenging. There were times when I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up. When I felt like that, Dr. Leslie Kaplan was there to pull me back up and motivate me to keep trying. She’s a big part of the Honors experience and made me feel like I could do anything. She even got me involved in the Children's International Summer Villages exchange program this summer. Dr. Kaplan is the best.
I’ve really found myself academically, but I’ve developed socially as well. I never thought I’d get involved with a sorority, but a friend told me all about the sisterhood that I could experience in the Panhellenic community. I joined Kappa Delta and got really involved and took on officer positions. That experience opened up a lot of doors for me on campus. I even became a Presidential Envoy, an opportunity I wouldn’t have been aware of without KD.
All of my experiences on campus have been really rewarding and made me feel like a true member of the UNF community. You’re free to be yourself here and explore all of the opportunities you’d hope for in college. The only limit is your own vision. I’m glad that I made the right call and chose UNF. All I need to do is take that Harry Potter class so I can say my college experience was absolutely perfect.