My name is Alexandra Gonzalez, and I am a journalism student at the University of Florida. I was born in Miami, Fla., and I have lived most of my life in the Sunshine State. I am Cuban-American. My family, culture and language are very important to me. Spanish was my first language. I grew up listening to Spanish music and learning how to dance salsa, bachata and merengue.
I came to the University of Florida for a number of reasons. I knew that a large public university would provide me with many extracurricular opportunities and a variety of choices for my course of study. The high school I graduated from was very small - my senior class had 70 students. I wanted to be part of a bigger campus in college. I am part of the university's Honors Program, which gives me the attention and feel of a small college while allowing me to be part of a much bigger campus. My stepfather and uncle attended UF in the late 1980's, so I was excited to become a Gator!
I will graduate in May 2013 with a B.S. in journalism from the College of Journalism and Communications and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, I want to pursue a career in creative writing and public relations. I've written creatively since I was a child. It is one of my biggest passions, and I have always dreamed of publishing a book of poetry. I hope to reach that goal within a few years.
Although I am a journalism major, I have recently felt drawn to the world of public relations. It is a career that requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, which are my strengths. Public relations is a hybrid profession that combines the business and communication worlds. I am excited to enter a fast-paced, changing industry and leave my mark.