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W elcome to the part where you find out all about me…or so you think. My full name is Kathleen Frances Maria Stopyra, and I am currently a senior at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

I grew up mostly in Jacksonville, Fla. and attended The Bolles School from kindergarten through 12th grade. Not only did I attend Bolles, but I literally was born there and lived there my entire life, courtesy of my father who worked as a senior administrator there for about 37 years. We no longer live in Jacksonville because my dad has retired to Port Orange, Fla. (near Daytona) so I now officially call that home.

Since graduating high school I have furthered my quest for knowledge at UF as a public relations major with minors in Spanish and non-profit organizational leadership. I am also very excited to say that I am a newly licensed real estate agent. In addition to my formal university studies, I have also earned credit studying the Theology of the Body, one of the major bodies of teaching from Pope John Paul II. As you might guess from that, I am a proud Roman Catholic.

Outside of the classroom I like to stay pretty busy. I am involved as a member and leader in the and the University of Florida Catholic Student Center Ministries (CSCM). Within NCSC I have served for two years as a member of the southern regional team and one term on the executive board as the national public relations chairwoman. Currently I represent NCSC to the Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministries in a collaborative effort to plan a national conference. I also serve as the public relations coordinator for the conference. At the UF CSCM, I am serving as the staff liaison/retreat coordinator for the ALPHA Retreat. In the past I served as the secretary of the Newman Club. I am also a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key Honor Society.

I have many hobbies, some of them being horses, singing, Latin dancing, reading, good conversations, photography, and traveling. I have traveled to England, Spain, Germany, and all over the U.S., including Colorado, Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, and Tennessee. Most of my traveling was for business, except for the Europe trips where I studied abroad in Spain and attended World Youth Day in Germany.

My family is probably my favorite thing about my life. My brother David, who is 15 months older than I am, attends the University of North Florida as a building construction management major. He is a newly licensed pilot and is also working on his real estate license. My dad, Ed, now works in commercial real estate and is also a licensed pilot. Rae, my mom, was a registered nurse for 37 years and certainly has a place in heaven for putting up with all of us.

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