Read more about Abigail's UNF experience here.
Where are you from?
I went to high school in Jacksonville, but I was born in Whittier,
What is your major?
Communication, with a focus in public relations.
When will you graduate?
Hopefully with the class of 2017!
What attracted you to UNF?
The intimacy – despite being such a small campus compared to
others, it has a one-of-a-kind beauty.
How/Why did you decide to
attend the University?
UNF’s Tommy G. [Thomas G. Carpenter Library] gave my academics a
helping hand before I even reached the collegiate level because I had to do
research for the International Baccalaureate Program while I attended Paxon.
UNF was already home.
Why did you pick UNF over
UNF provides many opportunities to prosper, especially if you go
out of your way to look for them. Not only are their scholarships helpful, but advisors are always looking to help guide you where your friends and families cannot.
What do you do for fun on
If I’m not at the library, I’m either running around campus (it’s
so convenient that campus is just a big circle!) or at the Intercultural Center
for PEACE (ICP), hanging out with friends and fellow members of UNF’s Asian
Students in Alliance (UNF ASIA).
What’s your favorite UNF
Swooping anywhere at anytime.
What is the best thing
about UNF’s faculty and staff?
The best thing about UNF’s faculty and staff is that almost
everyone is willing to help or even just lend an ear. Once, a landscape worker
went out of his way just to tell me to smile when it was obviously not one of
my best days!
What has been your favorite
My favorite class would either have to be French Listening and
Speaking or History and Appreciation of Rock and Roll. I loved getting to speak
in French, even though I got nervous whenever the professor called on me. It
was like learning to get over public speaking all over again. I loved Rock
because who wouldn’t like to listen to good music in class for a whole
When you’re looking to
de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus?
If I’m looking to de-stress on my own, I’ll sit outside of the Library
and look down at the pond while playing music from my phone. My best friend
named the two soft-shell turtles, so I always look for them. If I’m looking for
company, I can always rely on the people sitting in the Intercultural Center
What makes UNF unique?
You can find many beautiful campuses around Florida and even
around the country. But where else other than UNF can you find a campus whose
beauty doesn’t rely solely on its architecture? UNF has beautiful buildings and
amenities. But it also offers serenity in the nature trails, the ponds and
wildlife that surrounds and connects students. It helps us to be mindful of our
actions and how they may affect the habitats around us!
Is there anything you’ve
learned about UNF during your time on campus that you think incoming freshmen
It’s 110 percent OK to sit alone and eat lunch and contemplate
life by the Green or the Library or anywhere else on campus. If you want to
compliment someone, even if you don’t know them, do it! It couldn’t hurt anyone
— it’ll only help.
What do you think of the
campus’ natural environment?
Absolutely gorgeous. 10/10. Would recommend. Never change it!
What do you like most about
What I love about Jacksonville is that even though it’s the
biggest city land-wise, many areas are concentrated with a variety of places to
go. There’s Riverside, with the beautiful and fun yet historic scenery; the
beach area, which is laid-back and serene; and the Avenues and the St. Johns
Town Center, which can more than satiate any itch in your wallet and/or
stomach. My favorite place would have to be the beach. The beach is perfect
whether you’re with company or on your own. A perfect day would be to go to the
beach, lay out, do yoga, paddleboard, eat at Poe’s Tavern and start all over
How do you take your
Java chip frappe, extra chips and no whip!
What is your favorite thing
to do on the Green?
Layout with my best friend! We talk and people watch, all while
taking turns playing our favorite songs on our phones. Right now, 99 percent of
the songs will probably be 5 Seconds of Summer.
All your studying is done.
Your homework assignments are turned in and you have an hour free. What do you
Such a scenario is a rarity! If it’s a Monday at 6 p.m., I’m at
the Student Wellness Complex doing multi-level yoga taught by Theresa!
Otherwise, I’d be sitting with friends by the Green, in a study room with
friends watching a movie with the lights off, or talking to friends in the Intercultural
Center for PEACE.
What are your tips for finding time to study?
One doesn’t find time to study; one makes time to study. Finding time insinuates that you go
along with your daily processes and if there’s room to study, you squeeze it
in. Making time is difficult, but
sometimes you have to sacrifice some of your free time in order to have
adequate time for your studies.
Do you have any tips you want to share for working with professors
outside of class?
Remember that they are taking
time to help you. If they can only meet you Thursday at 9 a.m., be at their
office Thursday at 9 a.m., even if that was supposed to be the Netflix portion
of your morning ritual.
Do you have any tips you want to share for
getting good grades?
To get good grades,
don’t let a bad grade discourage you. Just because you flunked the first exam
doesn’t mean the other exams of that course share the same fate! See where you
went wrong in your studies, remember what kinds of points your professor likes
to focus on and adjust.