All About Me

Delray Beach

I was born and raised in Delray Beach, Fla., a coastal tourist town in between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale on South Florida's east coast. I attended my church's elementary and middle school, and then went on to the International Baccalaureate Program at Atlantic Community High School.

This photo was taken in early January 2011 when I was home for winter break. Mary Guelzow, left, and Lindsay Brandt, middle, have been two of my best friends since age 3.




Involvement

I serve as Chi Omega's community service chair as well as assistant to the New Member Educator. Also, I serve as a counselor for women going through Panhellenic Recruitment each fall. Because service is one of my passions, I'm co-leading a service trip through Florida Alternative Breaks. My trip participants and I will be helping with equine therapy for children with disabilities in March 2011. Campus Crusade for Christ has provided me a strong fellowship to grow in my Christian faith right here on campus, and this semester I led a women's book club in that organization. On April 2 and 3 I'll be dancing in UF's Dance Marathon for the the third year. This philanthropy, the largest in the southeast U.S., raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Children's Miracle Network at Shands Children's Hospital every year. In fall 2011 I will be co-instructing First Year Florida, a class for freshmen that teaches them how to be successful at UF.

Interests

My mother signed me up for my first dance class when I was two-years-old, and I haven't been able to stop dancing ever since. Another interest I inherited from my mother is my love of reading. I think my most unique interest is what other people are good at. I get such a thrill out of helping other people figure out their lives. This became obvious to me after taking the Gallup Poll's StrengthsQuest quiz earlier this year. My top strength is Developer, which means that I thrive in helping other people. My other strengths are Connectedness, Learner, Belief and Context. If you're interested in learning about your stengths, you should definitely check out StrengthsQuest here.