Saying that I love the University of Florida (UF) is a loaded statement.
I love being a Gator, but it hasn’t always been picture perfect. There have been many incidents where racist remarks and acts were done against people of color.
While my experience as a person of color wasn’t ideal, I was able to find a community where I felt I belonged. That community was in my sorority Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA)
Being in the College of Journalism and Communications (CJC), and by taking an instrumental course (TV1) with Harrison Hove this past summer, my entire college career shifted.
I started to have friends that genuinely cared about me and my success. I found that most people in my field were two-faced and were only polite to build connections and make their way up.
But my TV1 class was the best of all time (and yes I’m biased).
My sorority LTA gave me a purpose. My sister taught me what it meant to love yourself unconditionally, how to properly communicate and even how to stay grounded.
I just want to take the time to thank everyone who’s crossed my path at UF. I can’t believe my undergrad journey is coming to an end, but I wouldn’t have traded my experience for anything.
And I would go back and relive it if I could.