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Coordinating Staff

This is the administrative staff of Stetson University that oversees and directs the FOCUS program.

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FOCUS Orientation Leaders

FOCUS leaders work closely with coordinating staff to develop strategies designed to maximize the ease and enjoyment of the FOCUS Orientation experience.

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Jesse Albert

Year: Senior

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Major: Health Sciences and Psychology

Why I love Stetson University:
Stetson is more than just a school or a campus. It's a tightly knit community of students and professors that welcomes you and makes you feel at home. You will grow and learn exponentially while here.

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Natalie Applebaum

Year: Senior

Hometown: Naples, FL

Major: Molecular Biology

Tip to incoming students:
Step outside your comfort zone and talk to new people on campus. If you are friendly and meet as many people as possible, then it makes the rest of your journey that much more enjoyable.

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Samantha Arbour

Year: Junior

Hometown: Deland, FL

Major: Biochemistry

Why I love Stetson University:
Stetson is a community where you are encouraged to dream big. Hatters are not afraid to shoot for the stars because we have so many people around to catch us.

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Cristian Alacorn

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Casselberry, FL

Major: Health Sciences

Tip for incoming students:
Take a leap of faith. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone because it never hurts to try something new.

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Zoya Ambro

Year: Junior

Hometown: Deland, FL

Major: Health Sciences

Why I love Stetson University:
It has made me feel like I am someone important on campus and not just another student.

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Noa Bauman

Year: Senior

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Major: Mathematics and Sociology

Tip to incoming students:

The supportive and friendly community that will never leaving you feeling alone. It helped me grow and improve my social skills.

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Jake Bobay

Year: Junior

Hometown: Deland, FL

Major: Marketing

Why I love Stetson University:
It takes good people and helps them find the strength to be great people.

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Alex Bocco

Year: Junior

Hometown: Deland, FL

Major: Music and Finance

Tip for incoming students: College is what you make it. You can either go through the motions and graduate, or make it an incredible experience. The choice is completely your own.

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Ariana Bonilla

Year: Sophomore

Hometown:Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Major: Communications and Media Studies

Why I love Stetson University:
Stetson rapidly became my home away from Honduras. I love that it is a small campus where I always encounter a smiling face.

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Rachael Boone

Year: Senior

Hometown: Mount Airy, MD

Major: Business Administration

Tip to incoming students:
Get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Everyone is new so try new things together.

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Nate Caruso

Year: Junior

Hometown: Bangor, ME

Major: Health Sciences

Why I love Stetson University:
The feeling of community around campus.

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Chelsea Cameron

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: Discovery

Why I love Stetson University:

I am never alone since I can always count on seeing a smiling face of someone I know. It is my home away from home.

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Cassidy Campbell

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major: Psychology

Why I love Stetson University: The unique atmosphere that has really captured my heart. It allowed me to make friends easily in many different social circles.

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Evan Cavallaro

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Portland, ME

Major: History

Tip to incoming students:
Put yourself out there. Getting involved will open so many doors and help to create long-lasting friendships.

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Ricky Cupoli

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Melbourne, FL

Major: English

Why I love Stetson University:

The rich history that it has as well as the welcoming community of standards.

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Larissa Daenzer

Year: Junior

Hometown: Deland, FL

Major: International Business

Tip for incoming students: Take the amazing opportunities that Stetson has to offer and do not hesitate to make this your new home.

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Marie-Christine De Romagna

Year: Junior

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Major: Communication and Media Studies

Why I love Stetson University: It has the familial environment that I was looking for while simultaneously pushing its students to pursue various opportunities.

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Joe Dell'Olio

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Major: Discovery Business

Tip to incoming students:

Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Time flies, take advantage of every opportunity you can.

 

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Wesley Dickson

Year: Senior

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

Major: Public Management

Why I love Stetson University:

There is no replacement for the one-on-one experience that Stetson provides.

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Veronica Faison

Year: Junior

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Major: Communication and Media Studies

Tip to incoming students: No one is joking when they tell you to "Dare to be Significant." Before you know it, you will be immersed as leader of organizations, teams, clubs and classes.

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Katie Ferris

Year: Senior

Hometown: Clermont, FL

Major: Communication and Media Studies

Why I love Stetson University:
It has provided me with every opportunity to grow and reinvent myself into a more successful, driven adult. I would not be who I am today if I had not been a Hatter.

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Sammie Fink

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Deland, FL

Major: Health Sciences

Tip to incoming students:
Leave for class early because you are bound to stop and talk to someone along your way.

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Nick Fuller

Year: Junior

Hometown: Winter Park, FL

Major: Biology

Why I love Stetson University:
Every single person involved in the university wants you to succeed, no matter the circumstances. The student community at Stetson is extremely welcoming, and most everyone has a positive attitude that helps you find your niche.

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Makenzie Fourman

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Englewood, FL

Major: Molecular Biology

Why I love Stetson University:
It is my home away from home. I love the friends, family and opportunities it has brought me. I could not be happier with where I am today.

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Dillon Galloway

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Shady Side, MD

Major: International Business

Tip to incoming students:
Try and get to know the people on your hall freshman year. They are all in the same boat as you when it comes to it being your first time in a new place.

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Abby  Goodin

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Major: Management

Why I love Stetson University:
The people who you meet and the community you encounter are like no other experience. They are some of the most helpful people I have ever met, students, professors, and faculty alike, and it all makes you proud to say you are a Hatter.

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Taylor Hague

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Tarpon Springs, FL

Major: Environmental Studies

Tip to incoming students:

Make memories that will last a lifetime. College is such a small portion of your life so make the most of it.

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Sami Hartman

Year: Junior

Hometown: Brunswick, OH

Major: Digital Arts

Tip to incoming students:
Get out of your comfort zone. New experiences and taking risks are the best ways to discover who you truly are.

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Anthony Harwood

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Major: International Business

Why I love Stetson University:
It is such a beautiful and welcoming place that really encourages everyone to truly find out who they are and what they want to be.

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Abigail Hassett

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Winter Haven, FL

Major: Political Science

Tip for incoming students:

Dare to be a leader. Dare to put yourself out there. Dare to meet new people and new organizations.

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Josh Heiland

Year: Junior

Hometown: Debary, FL

Major: International Studies

Why I love Stetson University:

It truly values education: whether you are desiring to learn a foreign language or are preparing for the MCAT. Stetson provides an education that I believe is unparalleled in the state of Florida.

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Caleb Herzog

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Kissimmee, FL

Major: Business Administration

Tip to incoming students:

Talk to everyone. You never know who you will meet and how they can help you down the road.

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Brendan Hessler

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Wellington, FL

Major: Accounting

Why I love Stetson University:

 Stetson has allowed me to meet so many amazing people.

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Catie Hessler

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Wellington, FL

Major: Biology

Tip for incoming students:

Take comfort that everyone around you is in the same exact boat as you. Don't be afriad to put yourself out there and try new things.

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Jordan Hillman

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Alpharetta, GA

Major: Sport Business and Marketing

Why I love Stetson University: It is such an amazing place. The people, professors, friends and experiences are all priceless.

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Alyssa Husbands

Year: Junior

Hometown: New Smyrna Beach, FL

Major: Health Sciences

Tip to incoming students:

Do not forget to be yourself all the way through any new experiences you may have at Stetson.

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Bronte Joseph

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Milledgeville, GA

Major: Theatre Arts

Why I love Stetson University:
It is a small school with a big heart. It will help you strive to find out what impact you want to make on the world.

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Garrett Kapusta

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Roswell, GA

Major: International Business

Tip to incoming students: Get involved immediately and do not take time for granted. Before you know it your first year will be over so make it count.

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Cat Keve

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Cranbury, NJ

Major: Digital Arts

Why I love Stetson University: It has made me feel like I have joined a family. The connections and relationships I have made here will last a lifetime.

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Hallie Kimbrel

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Parker, CO

Major: Aquatic and Marine Biology

Tip for incoming students:
Just go with the flow. You will enjoy everything more by letting things change and adjusting to what comes your way.

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Kaitlyn Kocsis

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Palm Harbor, FL

Major: Communication and Media Studies

Why I love Stetson University:
To put into words is difficult but it has completely transformed me into who I am today. I think everyone has to experience Stetson for themselves to truly feel the magic of it.

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Bradley Ryan Kunkel

Year: Junior

Hometown: Joshua, TX

Major: Sport Business

Why I love Stetson University:

 You cannot beat the friends you make and the education is second to none.

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Lauren Lacey

Year: Junior

Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL

Major: Digital Arts

Why I love Stetson University:

It is a community more than it is a school. No matter who you are or what you do you can find a place to call home at Stetson.

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Alfredo Larrea

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Major: International Business

Tip to incoming students:

Enjoy the experience, get involved on campus and don't be afraid to meet new people.

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Tyler Leve

Year: Junior

Hometown: Viera, FL

Major: Finance

Why I love Stetson University:

It is the place to break away from yourself and try something new. Dare to be more than you are. Dare to be greater than you thought you could. Dare to be significant.

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Christina Lint

Year: Junior

Hometown: Royal Palm Beach, FL

Major: Finance

Tip to incoming students:
Don't be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. It might be hard at first but it will be worth it in the end.

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Kelsey Maglio

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Palm Beach Garden, FL

Major: Philosophy

Why I love Stetson University:

It has allowed me to meet so many amazing students and professors who are constantly pushing me to learn and become a leader.

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Isis Majeska

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Key Largo, FL

Major: Communication and Media Studies

Tip to incoming students:

College can be a difficult adjustment, but getting involved early in campus activities will help you find your Stetson family.

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Grant Manning

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: St. Augustine, FL

Major: Marketing

Tip to incoming students:
Get involved as soon as possible.

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Mary Katherine McManus

Year: Senior

Hometown: Grant, FL 

Major: Psychology

Why I love Stetson University:

It has given me the opportunity to spread my wings and grow as a person. Stetson has completed me and there is no school I would rather be at.

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James McNichols

Year: Junior

Hometown:Greenfield, NH

Major: Molecular Biology

Tip to incoming students:
Don't be afraid to say hello. Everybody could use a hello during that first week here.

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Daniel Mejia

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Major: Health Sciences

Why I love Stetson University:

It is a place where I feel free to learn and free to live. Stetson is the right fit for anyone who aims to be connected and productive in their college experience as myself.  

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Carrie Mikulka

Year: Junior

Hometown: Winter Park, FL

Major: Psychology

Why I love Stetson University:
It has helped me come out of my shell like I never thought I would. I have grown so much as a person from my two years here.

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Teagan Moriarty

Year: Junior

Hometown: New Kingston, NY

Major: Management

Tip to incoming students:

Find the people that accept you for you and take advantage of new opportunities that come your way.

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Codi Mulberry

Year: Junior

Hometown: Haines City, FL

Major: Finance

Why I love Stetson University:
It is a constant reminder that I am more than just a number or statistic for the university, but a person that can make a difference.

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Mackenzie Murphy

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Elmer, NJ

Major: Biology

Tip to incoming students:

Stop, take a breath and look around. Be yourself and keep an open mind.

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Gabby Oosthuzien

Year: Senior

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Geneva, IL

Why I love Stetson University:

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Michael Peter

Year: Senior

Hometown: Decorah, IA

Major: Communications

Tip to incoming students:

College is about being cool in your own way. People will appreciate you for that.

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Mason Phillips

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Venice, FL

Major: Family Enterprise

Tip to incoming students:

Push yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Now is the time to experience new things and grow.

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Rachel Pierce

Year: Senior

Hometown: Orlando,FL

Major: Marketing

Why I love Stetson University:

Stetson has helped me grow and step out of my comfort zone. I would not be who I am today without this amazing university.

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Courtney Pressler

Year: Junior

Hometown:Satellite Beach, FL

Major: Music

Why I love Stetson University:

It feels like home to me.

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Amanda Ravenelle

Year: Junior

Hometown: Kissimmee, FL

Major: Business Administration

Why I love Stetson University:
It is the place that has shaped me into the personI have always wanted to be. I have found my home here at Stetson.

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Shilpa Ravoory

Year: Junior

Hometown: Ocoee, FL

Major: Music Performance and Physics

Why I love Stetson University:

Everyone is so open and welcoming that I am able to interact very well with professors and students. There are so many different opportunities.

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Brooke Reed

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Ocala, FL

Major: Health Sciences

Tip to incoming students:

Do not be afraid to meet new people and try new things.

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Justin Ringer

Year: Junior

Hometown: Deland,FL

Major: Business Administration

Tips to incoming students:

Take advantage of every opportunity to invovle yourself in groups that interest you. You can craft a very personal sense of community in this manner.

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Katie Roeder

Year: Senior

Hometown: Safety Harbor, FL

Major: Accounting

Why I love Stetson University:

It offers so many great opportunities, whether that be academically achieving your goals or just connected on campus.

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Staafee Saint Jacques

Year: Junior

Hometown: Haines City, FL

Major: Integrative Heath Sciences

Tip for incoming students:

Take every advantage that may present itself during your time here. Explore the world. Grow. And make the most of your four years.

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Cathryn Sandborn

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Major: International Business

Why I love Stetson University:

I have challenged myself academically and explored leadership roles which has helped me to meet new people.

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Leia Schwartz

Year: Junior

Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: Vocal Performance and Communications

Tip to incoming students:

Do not be afraid to step out and try new things while staying true to yourself. Dive in headfirst and take advantage of everything Stetson has to offer.

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Asia Small

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Ansbach, Germany

Major: International Studies and Economics

Why I love Stetson University:

It has given me the chance to fulfill my dreams in the most positive and successful manner. I will always appreciate that.

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Shayla Soper

Year: Junior

Hometown: Boise, ID

Major: Psychology

Why I love Stetson University:

The tightknit community has allowed me to thrive in a way that simply cannot be replicated at another institution. I value the people and the experiences I have had in the past two years more than I can express.  

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Steven Staudt

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Port Orange, FL

Major: Biology

Tip to incoming students:

Do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. You will be surprised at what you can become by experiencing new things.

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Sara Stoppelmann

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Fleming Island, FL

Major: Biology

Why I love Stetson University:

I was able to reinvent how I viewed myself and how people viewed me. I have been valued as a person based off of my personality and that has made this feel like my second home.

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Clare Sullivan

Year: Junior

Hometown: Naples, FL

Major: Environmental Science

Tip to incoming students:

Take advantage of every opportunity available.  You will find a plethora of experiences, try them all without fear of failure.

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Ally Topliff

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Naples, FL

Major: Political Science

Why I love Stetson University:

It is so full of life. I could not imagine myself anywhere else for the next three years.

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Arthur Tran

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Major: Music with Business Administration

Tip to incoming students:

Take every opportunity that comes your way and enjoy every single moment, even the little ones.

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Jessenia Trusty

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Kissimmee, FL

Major: Music Performance and English

Why I love Stetson University:

The learning environment and vibrant community really does build friendships that last a lifetime.

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Nia Walters

Year: Junior

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Chemistry and French

Why I love Stetson University:

It gives you a place to pursue your passions in such an in-depth way that you can feel that your Stetson experience can be unique and remarkable.

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Laura Wells

Year: Senior

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Major: Business Management

Tip to incoming students:

Give everybody you meet a chance. People are beautiful and college is one of the times you are within reach of so many different people.

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Brendan White

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Naples, FL

Major: Finance

Why I love Stetson University:

It is filled with opportunities, connections and faculty who care. I feel like I have my own identity here.

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Honor Woodward

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Major: Psychology

Tips to incoming students:

It is absolutely ok to be nervous. Sometimes campus involvement and orientation can be overwhelming, but remember your college experience is what you make it.