My name is Julia Davidson, and I major in Biology and minor in Health Sciences Pre-Clinical. In 2014, I graduated from Nova High School in Davie, Florida and am now a Junior at UCF. One of my favorite classes at UCF is American History, I truly believe that if you don’t know your past you’re doomed to repeat it. My favorite class was taught by my favorite professor at UCF, Professor Clark. Professor Clark is one of those professors that not only knows his work well, he’s amazing at creating mental pictures in your head so not only do you learn about those important moments in history, you also remember them. A teacher like that makes studying for his class easy because he’s done most of the hard work for you. The COMPASS program at UCF helps students get acclimated to college faster than they can do on their own. When you are surrounded by other STEM majors (mentors as well as other mentees) in this program you are in an environment that is centered on learning which will make your transition from high school to college a lot easier. With the COMPASS program, now you have people who will study with you, eat with you, and walk across the graduation stage with you. Usually you can find me in the library, but when I’m not there, I like to go to the gym or watch Netflix.

Some words of wisdom for incoming STEM students: work on your time management, you won’t realize how crucial it is until you have two exams on the same day.