Where I come from

Callie

Born and raised in Leesburg, Fl., I believe I’ve had a unique upbringing. Most of my friends were also born and raised in Leesburg, I’ve gone to the same church for 20 years and there’s only one public high school in our town.

By the time I reached high school, I had tried just about every sport offered ranging from tee ball to soccer to powder puff football. What I truly enjoyed was finding my niche in tennis and eventually finding my place as a swimmer. Captaining these teams led me to look for more involvement and leadership positions when I graduated.

After being accepted to the University of Florida and declaring my major as journalism the day before classes started, I was ready for more. This is when I decided to go through recruitment and became a member of Phi Mu Fraternity .

Through Phi Mu, I’ve found my best friends and taken on numerous positions within the sorority and on campus. In the past year I served as the Vice President of Recruitment, where I planned events and programming in addition to helping 1,200 women find their homes at UF.

In journalism, I am an intern at a local lifestyle magazine, HOME: Living in the Heart of Florida and the UF News Bureau. I am also a marketing captain for Dance Marathon, which raised over $500,000 last year for Children’s Miracle Network on behalf of UF. Also I am the director of Panhellenic recruitment for Gators March for Babies benefiting the March of Dimes.

Despite my internships and involvement, my number one priority is my family and friends who are always there for me. My family is the glue that keeps everything together in such a vulnerable economic time and a transitioning period of my life. It’s almost time to flip the tassel and search for a career.