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Victoria Matthews

April 11, 2019
My name is Victoria Matthews and I am a Biomedical major. This will be my junior year at UCF. I graduated Warwick Senior High School in Lititz, PA, but I had my freshman year of high school in Melbourne Central Catholic and sophomore year in Viera High School in Florida. My favorite class here was…

Vi “”Vivi”” Pham

April 11, 2019
My name is Vi “”Vivi”” Pham and I am a Pre‐Professional Biomedical Science major in my junior year at UCF. I have lived in Orlando all my life! I attended elementary, middle, and high school all in the Orlando area. What can I say? I just love my hometown! In 2014, I graduated from Winter…

Truc Phan

April 11, 2019
Hi! My name is Truc (Truec) Phan. I am a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Sciences hoping to become an Optometrist. I went to William R. Boone High School and came to America when I was only two. My favorite class here at University of Central Florida is Chemistry 1a and 1b with Dr. Dixon. He…

Simone Laing

April 11, 2019
My name is Simone Laing and I am a Chemistry major. This will be my fourth and last year here at UCF. I graduated from School for Advanced Studies which is located in Miami, Florida in 2013. My favorite class so far at UCF has been Organic Lab Techniques 1. Though it sounds rather complicated,…

Shirley Thelusma

April 11, 2019
Hey mentees! My name is Shirley Thelusma and I'm a sophomore at the University of Central Florida. I graduated from Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School in Miami in May 2014. In high school, I ran both track and cross country. I am not a student athlete in college, but I do continue to work…

Shelly Gaynor

April 11, 2019
My name is Shelly Gaynor and I am a Biology major. This will be my 3rd year at UCF. In 2014 I graduated from Freedom High School which is in Tampa, Florida. At UCF, one of my favorite classes was Human Species. It's a general education course that as a biology major you do not…

Mary Tran

April 11, 2019
Hi! My name is Mary Tran, and I am a Mechanical Engineering major and a junior. I graduated from Lake Howell High School in 2014. So far, my favorite course at UCF was Calculus II. Although Calculus I was sort of a pain, Calculus II was great! I found that I started to really understand…

Marisa Webber

April 11, 2019
My name is Marisa Webber and I am a second year Industrial Engineering major. I graduated from Bloomingdale Senior High School, which is near Tampa, Florida, in 2015. My favorite class at UCF would have to be Encountering the Humanities. This course for the general education program but ended up loving it and learning a…

Mariana Gomez

April 11, 2019
Hi! My name is Mariana Gomez and I am a Computer Engineering major with a minor in Criminal Justice. This is my second year at UCF and I graduated from Palm Beach Central High School in 2015. My favorite class so far has been English 2. I know it sounds strange, but I enjoyed the…

Maren Tomcsak

April 11, 2019
Hi there! My name is Maren Tomcsak and I am a junior here at the University of Central Florida. I am majoring in forensic science and minoring in chemistry. I graduated from Olympia High School, which is only about 40 minutes away from UCF. As of right now, my favorite class at UCF has been…

Maggie LaFratta

April 11, 2019
My name is Maggie LaFratta and I'm a biomedical sciences major. I am currently a sophomore at UCF, and I graduated from Niceville High School. I really wanted to get involved with the GEMS program because I benefited a lot from having a mentor over my first year of college, and I'm hopeful that I'll…

Madeline Sinclair

April 11, 2019
Hello! My name is Madeline Sinclair, and I'm a sophomore at UCF studying Industrial Engineering. I attended Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated in 2015. My favorite class in college so far was Calculus with Analytic Geometry II, taught by Professor Lori Dunlop‐Pyle. Although the class was hard, studying the material made a…

Lavine Von

April 11, 2019
Hello! My name is Lavine Von and I'm a sophomore currently majoring in Computer Engineering. I consider myself a bit of a jack‐of‐all trades, master of none. I graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2015 with AP and Honors. While I was in high school, I was the co‐captain for percussion, and the orchestra…

Kristen Synnott

April 11, 2019
Hello everyone! My name is Kristin Synnott and I am so excited to be your mentor this upcoming year! I'm an Industrial Engineering major, soon to (hopefully) have a minor in Spanish as well! One of my goals for this upcoming year is to get an internship with a company such as Lockheed Martin or…

Krizia Santiago

April 11, 2019
My name is Krizia Santiago and I am a Sophomore majoring in Computer Science. I graduated from Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida. Fun Fact: I am a Diploma recipient of the International Baccalaureate Program. One of my favorite classes that I have taken so far would have to be Intro to C Programming…

Kelsey Arthur

April 11, 2019
My name is Kelsey Arthur and I'm a senior double majoring in Mathematics and Statistics. My favorite class at UCF so far has been Numerical Calculus, a statistics class where you take concepts you learned from Calc 1 and incorporate them into computer programs in C. One of my favorite professors I've had has been…

Keira Medina

April 11, 2019
Hello! My name is Keira Medina, but many people call me Kiki instead. I am majoring in Civil Engineering and will be going into my second year here at UCF. In 2015 I graduated from Sebring High School, which is in a very small town south of Orlando called Sebring. One of my favorite classes…

Kayla Bitner

April 11, 2019
Hello! My name is Kayla Bitner and I am a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. I graduated from Rockledge High School in Rockledge, Florida in 2014. My favorite class taken at UCF was statics. The professor was great and always kept the class engaged in group discussions. He made tons of jokes which lightened the…

Kati Ward

April 11, 2019
My name is Kati Ward and I am a senior, majoring in Forensic Science. I aspire to become a forensic serologist. I graduated from Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida in 2013. One of my favorite classes at UCF has been Introduction to Forensic Science because the class had guest speakers from many different…

Katelan Yap

April 11, 2019
Hi guys! My name is Katelan Yap, and I am a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I graduated from Bishop Moore High School that's in the great city of Orlando, Florida, in 2013. I've lived in the Orlando area for about 12 years now, so know of all the fun places to go and see…