Hi my name is Anabelle Manriquez and my current major is Civil Engineering with an Engineering Leadership Minor. I will be a senior this 2018-2019 school year. More than likely to become a super senior later on. ~ sarcastic woo! ~  I graduated from Tampa Bay Technical High School within the Architecture program. I am a first-generation student and completely understand how tough college can be being new to all the opportunities and different paths that are offered to you right in front of your eyes!

One of my favorite classes I took at UCF was, shockingly, American History. I have never been a huge fan of history but when I took this class with Professor MacDonald she made the class interesting. She was the sweetest and kindest professor I have ever had at UCF. We would watch videos throughout the whole lecture and would explain things straight to the point. Another one of my favorite professors was Professor Pyle, I had her for Pre-Calculus and Calculus I. She explains step-by-step for every problem to make sure the class understood and would write down all the things she said was important for tests. My favorite Engineering class was Intro to Construction with Benjamin Fries. This class made me realize a hidden liking towards the construction side of civil engineering. He works in the industry and always was telling us stories related to the material he was teaching. This class was completely different from the other engineering courses, leaning more on conceptual aspects of the industry. Highly recommend him!

I’m glad that I have been a mentor throughout my college experience for the past two years. Two years as a GEMS mentor and now a COMPASS mentor. My mission with my mentees is to help them as much as I can academically and even a bit socially! As I hope to create a relationship with them and proved them with everything I can. We can all succeed and support each other throughout our UCF experience. But as with the entire UCF campus, go out and meet new people, you’ll be surprise with the number of close friendships you will make along the way that will support you. Last but not least, always keep in mind: school and health comes first!