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Dayme Sanchez

Head of the CLAS

It is an honor to be featured as the “Head of the CLAS” on the University of Florida's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website. My journey through college has been very memorable and special due to the outstanding opportunities that I have been offered at the University of Florida. I was born in Camaguey, Cuba and moved to the United States with my parents in 1995. When I arrived to this country, I set myself the goal to be the first in my family to graduate from college. Upon admission into the University of Florida, my parents and I were overwhelmed with joy that I would get the opportunity to attain a college education. However, both my parents worked a minimum wage job and could not afford the tremendous cost that accompanied my enrollment in college.

Luckily, UF has a very generous scholarship entitled “Florida Opportunity Scholar” that assists first generation students that have demonstrated high academic achievement who come from low income backgrounds. When I received notification that I was awarded the scholarship, I was ecstatic and relieved because I did not have to worry about how I was going to pay for everything and could therefore concentrate on my studies. Because of the scholarship, I was able to fully concentrate on my schoolwork and get involved on campus and throughout the Gainesville community. I truly love learning and was startled by all of the subjects offered at UF. From American Political Thought to History of Astronomy, I enjoyed taking courses in a wide array of subjects. Furthermore, I became extensively involved on campus since my freshman year.

As the President of Pi Sigma Alpha (The National Political Science Honor Society) I have contributed to the growth of the organization by expanding the service and academic opportunities for our members. I have also coordinated many activities for the organization such as a trip to Tallahassee last spring so that our members could meet with state representatives. Furthermore, last year I helped found The Political Voice newsletter in order to provide political science undergraduates with the opportunity to publish politically oriented articles and essays that they have written. I am also Historian of the Pre-Legal Honor Society in which I help maintain the website, recruit members, plan events, and publish The Litigator; the organizations informational newsletter. I am also a peer advisor for the Political Science Department. I enjoy providing guidance and assistance to undergraduates because I know how intimidating college can be at first. Therefore, I give students advice on graduation requirements, the different courses offered in the department and I answer any questions that they may have. Additionally, I am a tutor for the University Athletic Association. I tutor athletes in business law and help them review the material from class as well as prepare them for exams.

Lastly, I have dedicated numerous hours of community service. As a volunteer for the UF Disability Resource Center, I assisted students in my class with disabilities by providing them with class notes and explaining the material and assignments. I also partook in the UF Relay for Life, volunteered at the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge and comforted adults with disabilities at the Tacachale Community by spending time with them coloring, drawing, and dancing.

Throughout all of this I have maintained a 4.0 GPA, remained on the Dean's List every semester, and last fall I was awarded the Anderson Scholar with Highest Distinction Award for academic excellence. I have taken full advantage of my time at UF and in May, when I graduate, I will be very proud of myself. As the first person in my family to attend college I have succeeded in spite of many disadvantages and am thankful to have had all of the support from UF professors, faculty, staff and all of the friends that I have made along the way. When I graduate I will be attending law school but no matter where I go, I will always be a Gator at heart and will always remember the four wonderful years that I spent here. The University of Florida is truly a wonderful institution that helps the dreams of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, like me, become a reality. Thank you UF for everything that you have done for me!

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Dayme Sanchez

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Photographer Raul Rodriguez

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