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Hi, my name is Breanne Dodier and I am a sophomore studying industrial engineering here at UCF. Before coming to UCF, I went to Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Florida and graduated from there in the spring of 2017. One of my favorite classes that I have taken at UCF thus far has been calc 2. I know it sounds awful and although it was challenging, it was also very interesting and I learned a lot. It was an EXCEL math class and the instructor, Jordan, was very good at explaining everything and keeping the class involved. One of the big reasons that I wanted to become involved with the GEMS program is because of how helpful I think it is for incoming students. As a freshman, it was really comforting knowing that I had someone to talk to about engineering and anything else that was new or confusing at the time. Transitioning into college can be challenging and having as much support as possible is really beneficial. In my free time I enjoy going outside to play soccer or going to the beach. I also like hanging out with my friends and having lazy Netflix days. Some words of advice for incoming students is to not feel bad for taking time to relax. As an engineering student, you may feel like your workload is never‐ending, however, it is important to find a balance between schoolwork and rest so you don't get overwhelmed with stress.