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My name is Talia DeCant and I am a Biomedical Sciences major and a Psychology minor, working on certificates in Behavioral Forensics as well as Public and Professional Writing. This will be my second year at UCF. In 2014 I graduated from William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida. One of my favorite classes at UCF so far was Biology. Biology is by far my favorite area in science and never ceases to hold my interest. I love learning about the mechanisms of cells—it's truly amazing what our very own bodies are capable of at a microscopic level. My favorite T.A.s/instructors at UCF were Arielle Gaudiello and Tyler Clark. Both were EXCEL math instructors and spent a significant amount of time slowly walking me through College Algebra and Pre‐Calculus respectively. Math hasn't been my strong suit since multiplication was introduced in the 3rd grade but they made it possible for me to survive my first college level math classes. I mainly became involved with EXCEL and GEMS because of my difficulty with math related courses. In retrospect, passing these courses would have been nearly impossible for me had I not joined EXCEL. Although that was my main reason to participate, I received much more in return. In a university as large as UCF, connecting with others can be difficult. EXCEL brings about a small‐college feel with like‐minded individuals that can only promote growth. Aside from my studies, I love to watch movies, listen (and lip sing) mostly to indie pop/rock, and when given the opportunity, read.