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My name is Megan Pence and I am a junior at UCF studying Mechanical Engineering. I came to the university from my hometown in Jacksonville after graduating from Allen D. Nease High School in 2011. While all of my classes have been good so far, I feel like my favorite would have to be Dynamics because it combines the concepts learned in both Calculus and Physics to solve engineering problems. My favorite teacher so far is Dr. Zaurin. He not only taught us Statics, but created a fun learning environment for his students. I decided to get involved with the GEMS program because my mentor made my freshman EXCEL experience completely unforgettable. It was comforting to know that there was always someone I could go to with questions and concerns. College can be quite confusing at times and I am happy to help make that transition easier. I have learned that college is what you make it ‐ you could either get out there and get involved, or you could choose not to and miss out discovering something you love. I found The Society of Women Engineers, as well as Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honors Society). When I have time to spare, I love to watch movies (especially romantic comedies), sing randomly, and play sports (even though I am not athletic and have absolutely no coordination) and most importantly I love to bake! Words of advice for the GEMS freshman students: “”While transitioning into college is very stressful take things one day at a time, and get ready to enter the best couple years of your life””.