My name is William Franklin Burroughs. I have been called "Beau" my whole life because my sister could not properly pronounce "Baby Brother". She would call me "Baby Beau"instead. She is my only sibling and is almost two years older than me. I was born and raised in Tampa, Fla., where my parents were born and raised as well.

I am 22 years old and hope to graduate in the spring of 2009. I am on the UF Track and Field team and throw the shot put and discus. I started throwing the shot put when I was about 12 years old but did not become good at it unitl I was in high school. Thankfully, I did become good or else I would not have been able to attend UF.

My father runs the family business which is a flower shop his father started. My mother is retired from banking and helps out with the shop now. My sister lives in New Orleans, La., working for the state government.

I have one cat and one dog. My cat, Clober, weighs over 25 pounds and is a calico. My dog, Khan, is a pekingese and is my favorite pet. He is 10 years old and will eat anything.

copyright 2008 Beau Burroughs