Sandi and Candi Bastien

My name is Sandi Bastien, and I have an identical twin sister named Candi Bastien. Both, my sister and I, attended the University of Florida in 2008, and in 2013 we graduated as Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship scholars.

Since the first grade, we both knew we wanted to attend the University of Florida and become Gators.  During our senior year of high school, my sister and I were admitted to the University of Florida. Words cannot describe the joy we felt when we received our admission… Read More »

Juan Zapata

Name: Juan Zapata

Hometown: Medellin, Colombia and Miami, Florida

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: 3rd Year

Internship: Duke Energy (Greenville, South Carolina), is the largest utility company in the United States and provides electric and gas services to the Southeastern and Midwestern regions.

How did you learn about this internship?

I’ve attended the Career Showcase hosted by the Career Resource Center every semester since I became a Gator and Duke Energy has always been my number one choice, in terms of an internship, since then.

What was the application process like?

I submitted an online… Read More »

Andy Garcia

Name: Andy Garcia

Hometown: Havanna, Cuba and Miami, Florida

Major: International Relations and Political Science with a concentration in Latin American Studies

Year: Alumni, Class of 2015, Current UF Law Student

What are you currently doing?I am doing an externship with the Alachua County Courthouse and working for a private law firm. I’m also running a non-profit with other individuals from UF called Inspire Cuba.

Why did you decide to go to law school?

I always wanted to go to law school. My father and people around me always said that I would be a good lawyer. I’m very argumentative. When I came to UF I started taking classes in Political Science to try it out and met a professor who… Read More »

Jose and Izy Alvarez

We are two ordinary siblings with an extraordinary purpose. The iReflect Movement began as simply a vision. Our goal was to inspire the youth of Hamilton County, our hometown. We realized that although we did not have a degree, a job, or a title, we at least had a voice and passion. In January of 2015, we took a leap of faith. With a team of friends from the University of Florida who all share a similar passion, we hosted our first youth conference, iReflect2015.

The three-day conference… Read More »

Thai Lam

My name is Thai Lam, and I’m a senior studying Biological engineering from Sarasota, Florida. I lived with my mom in Sarasota for 14 years after moving to the United States at the age of 7 from Vietnam. My dad passed away in 2006 so my mom and I had to support ourselves. My mother’s highest level of education is a high school degree but she trained with my aunt to become a nail technician. My mom is now the manager of a store.

Going to college created a huge financial obstacle. MFOS gave me a… Read More »