Seeking out your dreams and aspirations is an important aspect of college, yet one that most students save for graduation. Freshman honors student Jessica Larson, however, seized the opportunity the moment that one arrived. Rising from a impermanent assistant at the Halloween event to a consistent staff member, Larson was able to earn a position at The Florida Aquarium through persistence and perseverance.
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to work at an aquarium in some way. When I came to college, I was originally going to wait a semester or two to adjust before getting involved in any extracurriculars. However, because I needed hours for my Pathways class, I decided to go for it.
Now, she gets to work with a variety of animals, including otters, penguins, and lemurs. When something special comes around, never hesitate to chase after it!
Honors student Bailey McQueen was recently featured in a Tampa Bay Times article on the homeless in Tampa Bay. She occasionally helps her father, John McQueen, dispose of the ashes of homeless individuals whose remains have not been claimed by family in the Gulf of Mexico.
About a dozen UT Honors students spent two hours on Saturday, November 4th, picking up trash at Cypress Point Park. The UT Honors Council adopted Cypress Point Park through Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. We clean up the park and beach four times a year.
UT Honors student Maya Patel was recently highlighted on the UT website for her summer trip volunteering with Global Dental Relief. Maya spent several weeks in Kenya helping with dental procedures for children.