Presenting: Miss Carly Liza Blustein
"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,
To appreciate beauty, to the find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better,
Whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition,
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
My name is Carly Liza Blustein. I was born on May 28, 1988, in Coral Springs, Florida. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Florida studying journalism and education. Someday I hope to become a journalism professor to assure aspiring journalists that they will have a job after college. Ideally, I would also love to write for National Geographic or a travel magazine so I could see the world.
The way I see it, life is short, and college is even shorter. That's why I'm trying my best to get involved with as many activities as possible while I'm here. At UF, I'm part of many activities that have helped me to meet some amazing people as well as learn a little more about myself and my future. I'm an ambassador for the College of Journalism and Communications, which means I give tours of Weimer Hall to prospective students, mentor underclassmen, and represent the college at university functions.
I'm also the executive editor for Newsies, a fairly new online magazine linked to The Gainesville Sun Web site that focuses on local and campus news and issues. It is written mainly by first-year journalism students so that they can get some clips before they tackle the upper-level journalism courses.
The activity I'm proudest to be involved in is Camp Kesem, a national organization run entirely by college students that puts on a one-week summer camp each year for children whose parents have or have had cancer. This is the first year it is at UF, and I'm proud to be one of the founding members and the Student Support Co-Coordinator. I help recruit counselors and plan the counselor training session.
I'm also a resident assistant on the third floor of Yulee Hall. It has been a tremendously rewarding job because I've gotten to meet and do my best to help some wonderful freshmen as they adjust to UF. I've seen some pretty crazy things, and the year isn't even over yet. I wouldn't trade it for anything else though, even if it does mean being one of the few sophomores who still has to wear sandals in the shower-- one of the many "perks" of living on campus.
Aside from school, my life is devoted to my family and friends. If you ask anyone close to me, they'll tell you that I can never say no to a chocolate chip cookie or a bag of Skittles, and I have an unnatural obsession with The Phantom of the Opera. Yellow is my favorite color, and the only TV show I can watch over and over again is Friends. My dad has traveled all over the world, because his father worked for an airline company when he was growing up. He tried to take me to as many places as possible when I was growing up, which landed me visits to the Eiffel Tower, the World Trade Center, the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Ben, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and dozens of other places documented by travel journals and postcards. One day, I would love to explore the world with a family of my own.
It's difficult to summarize a person in so few words, but I think I've done my best. To learn more about me, browse my Web site and stay tuned for my upcoming Web project that explains how to plan an ideal European backpacking trip or American road trip.
If you have any questions or ever want to debate which better portrayed the story of The Phantom of the Opera (the movie or the play), then please e-mail me.