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My name is Natasha Odom and I am a Forensic Science major on the chemistry track. This will be my third year at UCF. In 2021, I graduated from Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida. My favorite class so far at UCF is Introduction to Forensic Science. Each week a guest lecturer speaks on their specialty in the field. Hearing from DNA analysts, document examiners, medical examiners, and other professionals was an incredible experience. Learning about their backgrounds and casework was fascinating and confirmed my interest in being a medical examiner. I also enjoyed Chemistry Fundamentals II Lab. This is the first general chemistry lab I took, and my TA was great at helping us connect the concepts with the actual experiments. My favorite professor so far is Mr. Gardiakos. He was my instructor for ENC1101 and 1102. He makes his class fun and engages with each student which has made me a more confident writer. After taking his classes, I had the opportunity to present research I conducted about the CSI effect at the annual Knight’s Write Showcase. GEMS is a great way to meet women in your major and STEM in general. I have made some of my closest friends through GEMS, so I am excited to grow the support system we have created, and I hope to assist my mentees in adjusting to college life and reaching their goals! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, painting, traveling, trying new foods, and listening to music (Harry Styles and Ruel are some of my favorites)! Words of wisdom for mentees: Your STEM major will likely take a lot of your time, so take breaks from academics and enjoy time with friends and family. There are so many resources available to you on campus so ask for help when you need it. Also, join clubs, be open to making new friends and stay true to yourself!