My full name is Jacquelyn Marie Weiner. Almost everyone calls me "Jackie". I was born on February 1st, 1987 in Houston, Texas. My father works for an oil company, and as a result, I’ve live in four different cities. We moved to Nashville, Tennessee when I was four. Two years later, we moved overseas to Singapore. After six years of living in a foreign country my family relocated to Miami, Florida, where my parents live today.

I am currently a sophomore at the University of Florida. I switched my major from Elementary Education to Journalism at the beginning of Spring Semester last year. I hope to work as a newspaper reporter after I graduate. Hopefully through internships and experience I will be able to achieve this goal.

Politics is of great interest to me. I volunteered with the Kerry Campaign for the most recent Presidential Elections. I hope to get involved with College Democrats this year. I think it is one of our most important duties as American citizens to vote and be knowledgeable of key political issues. I am also a fan of Al Gore’s and feel that the global warming issue is something that needs to be taken more seriously. I hope to focus on Political Science, which is also of great interest to me.

This is my second year being a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. The best part about being in a sorority is that there’s always something to do! “A E Phi” is especially dear to my heart because my mother was also a sister. Whether it is a social, philanthropy, or just hanging out at the house, there is always fun to be had. This activity played a huge part in my freshman year experience, and hopefully I will be able to pass on these wonderful memories and traditions to the new pledge class.

My friends are very important to me. Someone that I look up to once told me “Life without friends is no life at all”, and I have to say that I agree. My best friend, who I’ve known since my freshman year of high school, goes to school in Massachusetts. Although she’s far away, we still talk often and know that we’re always there for each other. I’ve kept many of my high school friends, and made lots of new friends as well. My mother always told me that “It’s nice to be nice to the nice”, and I think she is most definitely right. Living by this has helped to me to sustain friendships that keep me going when times get rough. Most importantly, they bring me joy.

I am especially happy at UF because it was my first choice school. I feel like I have learned an incredible amount so far at the University of Florida, and look forward to many more wonderful experiences. I hope to be the kind of crazy alumni who have Gator everything and drive their blue and orange RVs out to every home game. There’s nothing like yelling “It’s great to be a Florida Gator!” with a couple thousand others. Gainesville is the perfect small college town, and I’m sure I’ll never forget the memories I make here daily.

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