My name is Vi “”Vivi”” Pham and I am a Pre‐Professional Biomedical Science major in my sophomore year at UCF. I have lived in Orlando (or as I like to say O‐town) since I was born. I attended elementary, middle, and high school all in the Orlando area. What can I say? I just love my hometown! In 2014, I graduated from Winter Park High School with Honors and International Baccalaureate diplomas. During high school I was the President and Secretary of Asian American Association, Vice President of the Fashion club and Social Studies Honor Society, and Public Manager for Spanish Honor Society. I loved being involved in school, so transitioning to UCF I had an awesome time taking in part of all the clubs here! Aside from extracurriculars, I was very thrilled with all the classes at UCF. One of my favorite classes was Chemistry 1A‐ 1B with Doctor Pedro Patino. It goes without saying that a cool class isn't cool without a cool professor, and Dr. Patino was beyond cool and one of my favorite teachers thus far. Not only was he a great and funny instructor, he was very caring towards ALL of his students. He took his time to email students any helpful instructions outside of class hours and office hours, and his office hours were very considerate towards the students. But like all students, I had more classes than chemistry that were challenging. It was hard balancing my social life with academic life, but my GEMS mentor and the program helped me push through my freshman year successfully. This encouraged me to become a mentor to provide the same help and care to future girls in the program because this program means so much to me. In my free time I love to watch Korean dramas, Skype/FaceTime it up with my out of state college fiends, and go to all the fun/cool/wacky UCF events with my fellow Knights. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! Set up a schedule for yourself and religiously follow it. Don't forget to leave some time for yourself, either!