Meet Your 'Bus Driver'
I am a recent graduate from University of Florida, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During my time at UF, I was a very active member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, along with the Panhellenic Council as a Recruitment Counselor.
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Why University of Florida?
What do you love about your school?
While I love the beautiful campus, UF feels like home for me. The big campus feels smaller at my sorority house, where I have the best friends and now family. UF has one of the highest Jewish populations of any school, and I love the active Jewish life. Of course the Florida warmth all year round and football games make it that much better!
Why did you choose your school when you were a senior in high school? Walk us through that process.
I’ve always been a Gator since my mom and aunt went to UF. When the time came to apply to schools, of course I was applying to UF, but I also considered other big state schools like UGA, Maryland, and Alabama. While I got in to all of these schools, the campus and Gator spirit called me to UF. After receiving some scholarship money, I knew UF was the right decision. I didn’t want to go to college with the same group of people from high school, and I was the only student from my high school class to go to UF.
What has been your favorite class so far? Tell us about it!
I had two favorite classes, one in my major and one out. The one elective I loved was Intro to Photography. It was so fun getting to practice photography, something I’ve always been interested in, and I really think I got better after the class. The class in my major that I loved was Politics and Public Opinion. I loved the professor, which makes any class better, and felt like I was really learning vital information that applies to politics right now.
What fun traditions do you like to partake in at your school?
Every homecoming weekend, there is a large concert event called Gator Growl. Gator Growl is an annual event that consists of music from popular musicians (Snoop Dog came one year), student showcases, food trucks, raffles, and more. I attended every year with my friends, and it was always a really fun way to celebrate being a Gator.
Tell us about Jewish life on campus. How have you been able to engage with this aspect of your identity while at school?
Since UF has one of the highest Jewish populations of any campus, we have many ways to get involved. Hillel, Chabad, Jewish Student Union, Jewish sororities and fraternities (shoutout Aephi!), and Jewish studies classes, including Hebrew, are only a few ways to engage in Jewish life. The Jewish population is strong and active, with multiple UF Birthright and Onward Israel Trips taking place every year, and packed High Holiday Services.
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