Abigail Gavin

Abigail Gavin

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Major: Public Health
Minor: Economics
Class Year: 2025

Why I Chose Stetson:

I applied to 40 schools and organized them all in a detailed spreadsheet before making my decision to move and go to Stetson. Kaitlyn Healy, my admissions recruiter, guided me the whole way answering questions the way no other school did. In researching professors and the new Public Health program, it was obvious that Stetson cares deeply about truly making a difference not only to their students but to their local community, partnering with so many volunteer collaborators and internship organizations. 

Involvements on Campus:

Surf Club, Evironmental Club, Pi Beta Phi, Public Health Tutor, Choir, Student Ambassadors

What I Like to Do on Weekends:

I love playing guitar, taking my little corgi pup on hikes in the woods, roller skating and getting pummeled by the waves at the beach. I garden and paint, and I love to read. I have been growing my book collection, and it is something I am really proud of. Stetson's book giveaways have given me some amazing additions.

My Favorite Class at Stetson:

That is such a hard question. I think, unexpectedly, one of my favorites was economics with professor Christopher De Bodisco. I was nervous because I struggle with math but the free tutoring resources at Stetson and excellent teaching allowed me to not only get an A in economics but an A in Bio-Statistics! I learned how to study math like a language. De Bodisco is fantastic, that class truly changed the way I think about everything and I feel like a more informed voter and citizen and I am able to understand my other classes and current issues so much better.

Advice to Prospective Students:

Don't be afraid to ask for help or unabashedly ask questions. Even if some material seems overwhelming at first, having the help of a study group, tutors and office hours will change your life. It is totally okay to be nervous when you encounter anything new, but don't let it scare you. Class is a learning environment. Classes are always way more fun when people engage and talk about the material and ask questions.

Some of my hardest-learned lessons:

  • Don't lose sleep before a test! Go to bed early and wake up early on test day.
  • During a test, chew on some gum or a mint. It really helps with anxiety and helps your brain engage.
  • Check if any of your class books are on Audible! Listening to your textbooks even while you look at the book at the same time can REALLY help it stick in your brain, and if you are really struggling, get together with a classmate and take turns reading out loud to each other. It's a fun way to study and make friends AND, as a bonus, when you say things out loud, it seems to stick better.
  • The library is UNDERRATED. The librarians are angels and truly have saved my life a handful of times, whether it was research help, general advice or help finding a textbook that I didn't have to pay for. PLUS, the study nooks are everywhere where you can really immerse yourself in study material.
  • Lastly, when I am really in a pinch if you need to osmosis some material in your brain, put your phone on airplane mode, turn on white noise and set a timer for 30 minutes. When that timer goes off, take a break, then do it again. It is like brain boot camp.

Favorite Place on Campus:

I love the library. It feels so comfortable and safe in there. I like to take a snack with me and find a good spot by the window or head to the all-night area in the basement by the computers.