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Farouk Smith

Lagos, Nigeria • Health Administration and Public Administration

Farouk Smith earned an undergraduate degree in political science at UNF and enjoyed everything about the University: its scenery and diversity of student population as well as the opportunities available to incoming Ospreys. As a result, Smith returned to UNF to pursue master's degrees in health administration and public administration.
Get to Know Farouk Smith
  • What do you like most about UNF?
    Everything. I'm not kidding — small class sizes, world class opportunities that students at larger institutions are not afforded, location and weather, and alumni connection and engagement.
  • What has been your coolest UNF experience so far?
    Traveling to Israel for 10 days with the Jewish National Fund to learn about the socio-political climate of the region and surrounding states; traveling to D.C. to visit the White House, Pentagon and CIA buildings as part of my Real World Policy course; getting to see President Obama live at UNF’s Arena.
  • What does being an Osprey mean to you?
    Community, Commitment, Connection
  • What's your favorite UNF tradition?
    Market Days on Wednesdays
  • When you're looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus?
    I either take a walk around campus or go back to the lake outside of the Osprey Hall and Landings first-year residence buildings. This is not only a place of tranquility, but also a place that allows me to put things in perspective, as I lived in the Hall my first year. Henceforth, no matter how stressed I feel, I am always able to reflect back on how far I’ve come and breathe, assured that things always work out well in the end.
Farouk Smith, grad student
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