Name: Natalia Medina
Transferred from: Santa Fe College
“I transferred from Santa Fe College, where I received my A.A. in accounting. After working in accounting for some time I realized it wasn’t my thing so I decided to go back to school for something I am truly passionate about. I found that UF has just about the best Natural Resource program in the nation with a big focus on field experience and training. This sounded right up my ally so I applied and I couldn’t be happier with my decision!
Since becoming a student I’ve made sure to take advantage of all opportunities that come my way. Currently, I am the President of SAFE (Student Association for Fire Ecology) and Vice President of GatorPINES (Professional Interface for Natural Resource Managers, Ecologists, and Silviculturists). I have also taken up an undergraduate research project, with Dr. Crandall, looking at the fire seasonality effects on seed viability. Before becoming a student at UF’s CALS/SFRC, I didn’t realize all the amazing opportunities that are available to students; I hope sharing my experience encourages others to write their own path with CALS.”