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Hi mentees! My name is Sarah Gisewhite and I am a sophomore here at UCF as a Biomedical Sciences major and a Sociology minor. I graduated from Creekside High School in St. Johns, Florida in 2014. One of my favorite classes at UCF was Oral Communications (Speech) with Professor Schulz. I enjoyed this class because I felt like I learned better concepts for public speaking than I had through any English class in high school which made me a better and more confident speaker. I learned that there was more to a speech than just aimless research and reciting what you found to the class. There is a method to the madness that is public speaking and one you learn what is really going on, which you will through this class, you can conquer one of the biggest fears in the world. This is why Professor Schulz is also one of my favorite professors. She helped us to really understand how to give a good speech and also how to get over the anxiety that a lot of people get from public speaking. If you have a huge fear of public speaking and need to take a speech class I would highly recommend Professor Schulz because after her class public speaking will become a piece of cake. Now you're probably wondering why I even decided to be a mentor and got involved with GEMS. GEMS has offered me a chance to meet some amazing friends that have helped me get through that dreadful first semester of college and who continue to support me. I decided to become a mentor because of the example my GEMS mentor had set for me. She was always concerned with how I was doing in class and was there whenever I had any questions. Because of her I had more confidence through my first semester and about my major. Knowing that there is someone there for you going through the same challenges or has already gone through them and conquered them was the greatest resource for me in college and I wanted to provide that to other people, which is why I decided to become a mentor. Some words of advice I want to give you guys is “”First, think of what you want to do, then do what you have to do.”” I got this from a fortune cookie but I have to say it is one the most important pieces of advice I can give you. If you have goals and dreams you need to do what you have to do to get there. So if you want to be doctor, you have to pass that Orgo class, or if you want to be an engineer, Calculus sucks but you have to do it. But after all of that, you can do what you enjoy in your free time. For me, I like to enjoy my free time by reading, hanging out with my twin, listening to music and playing video games. Good luck mentees!