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Ellen A.

Tour Guide at Florida Southern College

Class of 2021

Hometown: Marco Island, FL

Major: Psychology

Secondary Major: Finance & Economics

Minor: Pre - Law


What is your favorite spot/thing to do in Lakeland?

Lakeland is such a great place to call home for the 8+ months of the year that we are in school. There are so many great places to go, like Black and Brew, a downtown restaurant/coffee shop. It may be one of my favorite places to go in Lakeland to get away from campus for a bit and enjoy a nice sandwich and coffee with friends. I also love to go on lake drives, walks, or bike rides with my friends. We are so fortunate to have Lake Hollingsworth right next to our campus and taking a drive around it with the windows down and music up can be just the right cure for finals blues.

What has been your favorite class?

One of my favorite classes so far was the “What is Philosophy?” course. I took it to fulfill one of my general education requirements, and honestly, at first, was not looking forward to it very much. I didn’t have any interest in learning about Aristotle or Socrates. However, I ended up getting so much more out of this class than I could have ever expected. It taught me so much about thinking critically and I believe it made me a better student. I built a great student-teacher relationship with Dr. Nethery, who taught the class. He helped me with some questions I had in declaring my major. (I came in undecided.) I think this class not only taught me more about philosophy and critical thinking, but also about utilizing every resource available at Florida Southern, especially the professors!

Why Florida Southern?

During my college visits as a sophomore and junior in high school, I searched for a place that not only looked good on paper, but also felt like home. I found that at Florida Southern College. The people I met during my visits were all so kind and welcoming, and I felt like I had found my home away from home. Scholars Weekend really sealed the deal for me. I could see myself making memories with the people I met. I can’t wait for another great year at Florida Southern.

Involvement (clubs/organizations):

I am involved as a Southern Ambassador and an Orientation Leader. I am the Fidelity Chairwoman for my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and I am a member of the business fraternity on campus, Delta Sigma Pi. I am also a member of the Psychology Club and the College Republicans Club. I am in the Honors Program as well, so I am involved in the Association of Honors Students. This year I also became an editor for the school yearbook Interlaken.

I'm passionate about...

Helping Others Engaged Learning Dogs Travel Foreign Culture Criminal Minds Working with Kids Netflix Playing/watching sports Eating Food Leadership Spending Time with Family & Friends Working at Summer Camps Community Service

I'm involved with...

Interlaken (School Magazine) Intramurals Psychology Club Association of Honors Students College Republicans Orientation Leader Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity Greek Life
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