Kyra Allen

What are you doing after graduation?

Initially after graduation I planned to continue working at [the] CMG Orlando radio station, but due to [the] current pandemic, I learned to not rush life and enjoy the time we have. My plans are to travel for two weeks with my son and close family, then eventually find a full-time job in radio or television.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

One tip for incoming and current students is to always prioritize time properly and learn balance. As a young mother, student, and employee, I sometimes felt as if I was drowning trying to balance all three. If I would've prioritized my time correctly, I would've saved myself many sleepless nights and stress.

Batel Amouyal

What are you doing after graduation?

[I will be] applying to med school.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

Believe in yourself. Never give up. Work hard for your success, because at the end it will pay off.


Cody Autrey

What are you doing after graduation?

After graduation, I will be attending Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as part of the Class of 2024 to pursue my M.D. degree.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

My biggest takeaway from going to UCF as a first-generation student from a rural hometown is that anything can happen. It doesn't matter where you come from or who you used to be in the past. When you start your journey at UCF, you are able to shape your experience in whatever way you want. Step out of your comfort zone, try new experiences, and put your all into everything that you do. When you find out what your true passion is, whatever that may be, that is when you become successful.

Nikolay Azhmyakov

What are you doing after graduation?

[I will be pursuing an] M.S. in global finance at Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business in NYC.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

From the first day of classes, get focused on what your ideal situation [is] at graduation, and start working every day to achieve that.


Kyle Benkel

What are you doing after graduation?

After graduation, I will be attending medical school at the UCF College of Medicine.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

Take the time to explore different interests you have and find out what you are genuinely passionate about.

Emily Bom

What are you doing after graduation?

I will be teaching English online until January, when I will be going to Bulgaria as an English teaching assistant on a Fulbright scholarship.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

Take advantage of every opportunity. You never know when saying "yes" to one small thing will open up other doors that you never even expected!


Sam Brunson

What are you doing after graduation?

I will be pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. I hope to continue to conduct research in neuroscience and one day even lead my own lab.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

If you're interested in research, get involved as soon as you can. You'll learn a lot just from being in the lab and working on any projects you can help with. Don't be afraid to talk to the head of your lab about doing a more independent research project eventually. It's a great experience and not a lot of undergraduates have their own projects so it can help you stand out.

Rachel Butcher

What are you doing after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to work as a registered nurse in a clinic that provides primary care to underserved populations. It is my passion to provide primary levels of intervention to patients and utilize evidence-based clinical practices that will lead to an overall improved healthcare system. The University of Central Florida has shaped me as a nurse and will continue to help me flourish as a nurse practitioner as I begin the family nurse practitioner program this fall.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

My best advice to other students is to never doubt your capabilities. Continue to work hard to accomplish your goals and never give up. Challenges are opportunities for your growth, so always persevere through adversities and continue to learn from life's lessons.


Matthew Caldwell

What are you doing after graduation?

[I will be] attending the UCF College of Medicine for medical school.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

Do something you enjoy and work hard at it.

James Chamberlain

What are you doing after graduation?

[I will be] working at our family business and possibly looking at graduate schools.

What is one tip you have for incoming or current students?

Enjoy your time here. If you stay ahead of the work through time management and getting support from the faculty and other students, you will be able enjoy your college experience to the fullest.