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Hello! My name is Trinity Johnson. I’m a second-year forensic science student at UCF pursuing a minor in chemistry and certificates in crime scene investigation and professional writing. In 2020, I graduated from Circle Christian School in Winter Park, Florida, and I’ve lived in the UCF area my whole life. So far, my favorite course has been General Biology. I love the way the course is planned out. Laboratory days are some of my favorite because they help solidify what we’ve covered in class. The labs were virtual but remained engaging! Likewise, one of my favorite professors at UCF is Dr. Candace Bridge, who teaches the introductory forensic science class. She’s very dedicated to her students and has plenty of time available to answer questions we have. Dr. Bridge always encouraged students to reach out to professionals in fields we’re interested in and introduce ourselves. I appreciate the GEMS program because it allows undergraduates to connect with each other as we go through a very formative point in our lives and careers with people who are experiencing the same things we are. If anyone has questions about their major or UCF or life, they have an unparalleled resource willing to help. When I was a GEMS mentee, knowing EXCEL had my back made all the difference. When I have free time, I like to play video games, watch documentaries, and collect CDs.

My advice to GEMS students: If you ever feel like you’re annoying professors or advisors with too many questions, trust me that you’re not! While being engaged may feel weird, especially in online classes, most professors prefer it to the alternative of complete disinterest. Besides, it’s better to be annoying than regret not learning to the fullest.