Today’s graduating student spotlight is Douglas Santos! Douglas is graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Engineering. During his time at the University of Florida, Douglas had the opportunity to connect with many peers through clubs and organizations and established an engaging community in the Gator Nation. Read more about Douglas’s UF ABE experience this Q&A.
During these four years, I was fortunate enough to cross paths with amazing people in the university. The different clubs and organizations that I was part of gave me the opportunity to engage in the community, to make long-lasting friendships, and overall have a sense of belonging in the Gator community.
I am very thankful to all my professors, especially those professors from the ABE department, who were always willing to help inside and outside a classroom. I will always appreciate their professionalism and exceptional guidance.
During my time at the ABE department, my academic adviser, Robin Snyder, always provided me insightful and unconditional help.
My short-term goal is to find a full-time job. Afterward, I would also like to continue pursuing my master’s degree in the Food Engineering field.
I would encourage students to get involved in the community as much as they can. Academics should always be the first priority but involvement is not only useful to make friendships, but it is also useful to expand professional networks with people and friends that will be professionals in the near future.