I had a
lot of choices when it came to selecting the right college for me. After all, I
attended the Paxon School for Advanced Studies’ International Baccalaureate
program, so I could chose just about any public university in Florida. Only one
University of North Florida felt like home. The Thomas G. Carpenter Library had
already become something of a home away from home for me anyway. All those long
hours studying for IB exams always brought me back there. I knew the campus and
the quality of the education I could receive at UNF. It just made sense.
received a lot of financial support for choosing UNF. I was selected as a Jacksonville
Commitment student and received a large
scholarship for attending UNF. That, along with my IB scholarship, made it
possible for me to go to college without having to take out debt to finance my
like there’s always someone watching out for your best interests as a student
here at UNF. That was clear from the beginning of my freshman year when I went
for the Ultimate Educational Success Today (QUEST) Program offered by UNF’s
Intercultural Center for PEACE. QUEST is
a summer program for first-time-in-college minority students where we’re taught
the skills needed to do well in college. We also get to take some extra time to
adjust to the University. The program made it so that I was comfortable and
acclimated to life at UNF before I even started my classes, putting me in an
even better position to succeed.
One of the
aspects of UNF life that was made clear to me early on was the focus on
small-class sizes and amazing teacher-student interaction. In just a short
time, I’ve found that UNF professors take the time to get to know their
students and are always willing to help. Even in larger lecture classes, it
seems like every professor I’ve had thinks it’s important to get to know their
students. It helps build a sense of intimacy across the campus. Walk around for
a while and you’ll always spot a student or professor you know. And it’s always
nice to take a walk around UNF because of how beautiful it is. The scenery is
so natural and peaceful — it makes me feel at ease as I make my way to class.
past few months, I’ve become more involved with the clubs on campus like the
Filipino Student Association and UNF Asian Students in Alliance (A.S.I.A.). My
sister is president of A.S.I.A., so it’s been fun getting more involved with
that group and helping out. I even did some Vietnamese fan dancing during an
event organized by the group.
glad I chose UNF. I feel more and more a part of the campus community every
day. I’m learning, growing and looking forward to the future. That’s what
college should be about, and UNF is making that possible for me.