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Name: Rachael Nichole Cox
Hometown: Pace, Florida

Get to Know Me:

I can't say that my story is that of glamour and excitement, but my life is beyond blessed. I was born in the panhandle of Florida, and stayed there until it was time for me to go off to college. My parents are Karen and Steve Cox, and I have one sibling, Stephen "Craig" Cox, who is 18 months younger than I am.

Family:

FamilyMy dad is the chief financial officer of the Lewis Bear Company, and my mom is a licensed mental health counselor at Camp E-Ma-Chamee, a program of Eckerd Youth Alternatives. My brother has always gone to school with me, and now even attends the same college.

High School:

I graduated from Pace High School in 2004. For me, high school was always just a stepping stone for college. In order to build up my college application, I got involved in several organizations: National Honor Society, where I was the Vice President for a year, Beta, Foreign Language Club, Anchor, Student Senate, Excalibur, Band, where I was on the leadership team for a year, and Interclub Council. I was an All-County flute player the two years I was a member of the Pace High Band. Grades were also really important to me. In fact, they were so important that I chose to quit band to pursue more academic classes: AP and Dual-Enrollment. I was always on the honor-roll and was in the top 5 percent of my class. My biggest achievement just might have been that I had perfect attendance all four years. How I managed to do that is kind of an anomaly. My junior year I really began thinking about where I wanted to go to college. I knew I wanted to do something in the communication field, and after a lot of research, discovered that the University of Florida was where it was at!

College:

I remember when my parents drove away as I was standing on the curb of my dorm's parking lot. That had to be the saddest day of my life. The first two weeks were kind of traumatic. I had always been very close with my family, and never spent more than a few days away from them. But I firmly believed that I was attending U.F. for a higher purpose. I began looking for organizations to get plugged into. My first year, I began attending Fellowship of Christian Athletes, became a member of Sigma Phi Lambda sorority (Sisters for the Lord), and found a church home. Now in my senior year as a Gator, I can see how much I've grown. In May of 2008, I will be graduating with a journalism degree, and I can't be more excited about what's to come.


Rachael

Future:

I have a strong desire to work for a publication, prayerfully a magazine, that shares my values. I don't believe in compromise when that compromise would come between myself and God. I have visited Nashville, Tennessee, many times in my life, and have my heart set on getting a job there. I'm trying to surrender that dream though because I trust that "where God guides He provides."