Grade: Senior, Hometown: Santa Clara, CA
Three Words: Friendly, Outgoing, Caring
I chose to come to USF because of the diverse campus and small class sizes. The campus environment is filled with so much culture that it has allowed me to find a sense of community not only with my own culture, but also with other cultures. There are so many people from various parts of the country and the world that make up the USF student body and that is something that you do not see at other campuses. And the classes sizes were important to me because it allows me to interact and work with my professors more closely to get a better understanding of the material and create a relationship that will last a lifetime.
· Some of the organizations that I have been involved in at USF are:
o Peer Advisor for Student Leadership and Engagement
o ASUSF Greek Council (Vice President of Membership Development)
o Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. (Treasurer and Induction Officer)
o Finance Committee
o ASUSF Senate (School of Business and Professional Studies Representative, currently know as School of Management Representative)
o American Marketing Association
Benefits of Involvement:
Being involved in these organizations have made me the person that I am today. I was never involved coming into college. I was that student that just went to class and went back to my room to hangout with my friends. But once I joined one group my freshman year, it just seemed natural to be apart of other clubs and organizations. Now, I am involved in so many things that I cannot even remember all the clubs and organizations I am apart of sometimes. My involvement has allowed me to not only grow as an individual, but also as a leader.
To me, leadership means being able to guide and support others through various situations and tasks. And skills that make a USF student leader able to Change the World from Here are confidence, great communication, and being able to listen to other people's opinions even if you do not agree with them.
Advice to First Year Students:
There might be an overwhelming feeling when a new student comes to USF because there are over 100 clubs and organizations that one can choose from. A couple of suggestions that I have for students about getting involved are do not feel that if you do not join a club or organization your first year, it is not the end of the world. Your freshman year is about discovering who are and managing your time efficiently. If joining a club is not at the top of your list, do not freak out. There is plenty of time to be involved. You should still go to the Involvement Fairs to see what interests you just so it is in the back of your mind once you are ready. My other suggestion is to not be afraid to try something different. Do not be afraid to take risk or try something outside your comfort zone. Do not pass up opportunities because one decision can change your whole experience here at USF. I am so glad I had people encourage me to do things that I was scared of doing because I have grown so much because of it and now I am the happiest I have ever been.
Favorite Place in City: Pier 39
Random Fact: I hate ketchup.