My name is Christina Houser and I am a Biomedical Sciences major and Medical Sociology minor. This will be my third year at UCF and my second year as a GEMS Mentor. I graduated from Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. My favorite class at UCF was the Microbiology Lab. This lab gave me a great experience of what it is like to work with specimens and contaminations that relate to our lives. One of my favorite professors at UCF is Dr. von Kalm who teaches Genetics here. He is an excellent instructor and is very comical which makes the class enjoyable. I decided to get involved in GEMS because it promotes the growth of female development within the STEM field. It is a great way to meet and befriend other students with interests like your own. In addition to this, the EXCEL staff are all very welcoming and all care about your success, so it is easy to go to them! In my free time I enjoy cooking, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. My words of advice for GEMS freshman students: Do not be afraid to get involved! There are many new students who will be looking to meet new people when they arrive as freshman so stay friendly and meet some people! Also, do not hesitate to reach out to your mentor, we are here to help you!