As a way to learn more about the 23 majors in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida, we’ve been asking 23 questions. Mitchell Stevenson, an undergraduate student in environmental science, answered our 23 questions while showing us around the J. Wayne Reitz Union. Watch the video to learn more about Stevenson’s major, his favorite places in Gainesville and his after graduation plans.
Meredith: The new class of 2026 finds out about their admission decisions this week. For those who will be joining our college’s 23 majors, we thought it would be fun for Mitchell to answer 23 questions…
Hey, Mitchell, what are you up to today?
Mitchell: Hey! I’m just getting ready for a midterm later this afternoon.
Meredith: Which one of our 23 majors did you choose?
Mitchell: I’m an environmental science major in my fourth year.
Meredith: Why did you choose environmental science?
Mitchell: Well, I’ve always been passionate about sustainability and the environment and when I was a freshman my advisor suggested that I switch to environmental science from wildlife ecology to better suit my needs.
Meredith: What has been your favorite part about being a Florida Gator?
Mitchell: Really it’s just the connections you make between my peers and
the cohorts I’ve been involved in, I know that I have people that I’ll know the rest of my life.
Meredith: What are three things you can’t live without?
Mitchell: Oh I’d say my water bottle, I’ve had since freshman year, my favorite hoodie because it does get kind of cold here, and then my laptop, that thing goes everywhere with me.
Meredith: Do you prefer early morning or late afternoon classes?
Mitchell: I’d say early morning really helps me have a productive day.
Meredith: Which restaurant or food place around campus would you consider yourself a “regular”?
Mitchell: Definitely Starbucks.
Meredith: Where is your favorite place to study on campus?
Mitchell: Oh I’ve always been a fan of Marston.
Meredith: What is a piece of advice you have for the Gators awaiting their admission decision?
Mitchell: Just really keep your opportunities open. You have a lot to figure out and the more experiences you have, the better your life will be.
Meredith: What is the best part of living in Gainesville?
Mitchell: Well I think Gainesville has a really unique culture and if you can find ways to experience that it really just makes your time here more fun, between the different parts of the environment or the different restaurants, it’s just a great place to live.
Meredith: What are you involved in?
Mitchell: Currently, I’m a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, I’m— I’ve been on Florida Blue Key STEM Day staff, I’m in the CALS Leadership Institute Cohort 12 and am a CALS ambassador.
Meredith: What’s been your favorite class?
Mitchell: Over the years, I’d like to say that my soil and water science classes are my favorite. It’s fun just talking to those people because they really enjoy what they do and it just cracks me up.
Meredith: Do you take the stairs or the elevator?
Mitchell: Stairs kind of person.
Meredith: Favorite UF tradition?
Mitchell: I think it’s just really the whole culture surrounding football games between the tailgates and everyone actually in the game, it’s just a great time of year.
Meredith: Starbucks or Dunkin?
Meredith: What are some of your hobbies?
Mitchell: Well I’ve recently gotten into reading, used to love it when I was a kid and then just started doing that again and then also I like working out and running.
Meredith: What is a song you can’t get out of your head?
Mitchell: I would say Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo.
Meredith: Would you rather attend a Gator baseball game or a gymnastics meet?
Mitchell: I’ve always been a baseball fan.
Meredith: If you could have any pet, what would it be?
Mitchell: You know I’m just really looking forward to having a dog after college.
Meredith: In all kinds of weather, we’ll all stick together, but what’s your favorite type of weather?
Mitchell: I like the days that are around 75 and maybe a little bit overcast, just really sets the mood.
Meredith: If you could time travel what decade would you go to?
Mitchell: The 2000s. You have Nickelback and the Gators winning the national championships.
Meredith: What is your dream job?
Mitchell: I’d like to get into sustainability consulting directly in urban planning and urban analytics, I just love the combination of people and the environment.
Meredith: What is the best part about being a student in the College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences?
Mitchell: Just the support network that’s built for you, the advisors and the classes and students around you all just want to see you succeed, and I think that’s really important for
someone trying to learn what to do in college.
Meredith: Thanks so much for catching up with us today, Mitchell, it’s been really exciting and we’re excited to welcome the class of 2026 to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences!