School: Florida State University
House: Polk Scholarship House
Year: Fall 2014 – Present
Freshman year of college was an experience I will never forget. Settling in to college life was fairly easy. I had responsibilities for my classes, and I found that I could handle them well. My sophomore year is when I began my education for life. I was accepted into SSF my second year of schooling at FSU and I had no idea what to expect. I knew it would be different than freshman life, without a meal plan and with responsibilities other than ones relating to classes.
Not only was I nervous to live in a house with 31 girls, but I was also excited for the journey ahead.
Growing up, I had one older sister who I shared a room with my whole life, so I was prepared to have a roommate. What I was not prepared for was having 30 other house mates. It was a bit overwhelming the first week, trying to learn everyone’s names. After a while, it felt nice to be able to go to the kitchen and always have someone to talk to.
Sophomore year was a hard year for me. My stress levels were constantly high and I was having family issues back at home in Orlando. My roommate was there for me in a way that helped me so much through the hard times. It was nice knowing I had someone I could trust and depend on.
SSF has created for me not only an education for life, but also friends for life.
SSF has taught me how contributing to a community is really important. Whether it is the house I live in or the Tallahassee community, I try to be as involved as possible. I love helping out with anything SSF related because it feels great to give back to the foundation that has helped me be able to afford college.
I really appreciate all the people who work for SSF because the foundation could not be what it is today without them. They care so much about the students and our futures. They make a huge difference in our lives and truly show SSF love.