As a UNF undergraduate student, Kennedy Rainge discovered how to make the most of her college years. Now as a graduate student, she continues to do more of the same: serve the UNF and Jacksonville communities as much as possible.
"I realized the best way to maximize my experience as a college student was to enjoy the campus and meet new people," Rainge said. "While doing that, I found my niche was to get involved." Today, she serves as the Presidential Envoy's vice president of student engagement and recruitment, which has given her the opportunity to work with President David Szymanski and a variety of people involved in the Alumni Association, or part of the campus general body and the Jacksonville community.
"My favorite thing about being a Presidential Envoy is the number of outreach and service opportunities given to the envoys," Rainge said. "We have had access to community-wide events held within the Jacksonville community as well as events hosted on campus including the Board of Trustees meetings and commencement."
Rainge also has been a part of many other organizations including Community Alliance for Student Success (CASS) program, the Black Student Union, Feeding Northeast Florida, Florida First Coast YMCA and Every Girls Shine mentor group. And, it's clear that she doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon. By the end of 2021, she wants to have joined the Health Administration Student Association, American College of Healthcare Executives and Upsilon Phi Delta.
As she pushes to stay active in the community, Rainge has one piece of advice for students who also want to participate: "If you want to become more involved and make the most out of your college experience, leave your room!" Rainge said.
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