Visiting Scholar- An Intern’s Reflection

Written by Holly Battist on July 13, 2021        My name is Holly Battist, a rising fourth-year student at the University of Virginia, majoring in Youth and Social Innovation. I remember the day I received the call to intern at the University of Florida and I was so happy to work in a student life space at a top-ranking …

Joining the MFOS Family

Written by Linda Dillon on July 7, 2021 Linda is a 4th year MFOS scholar double majoring in International Studies and Foreign Languages and Literatures.  She also serves as a student assistant within the MFOS Office   Getting accepted into the University of Florida was exhilarating, and the cherry on top was being offered to be in the Machen Florida …

MFOS Alum Unique Path to Vet School

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Hear from Jonathan Dumas about his unique path to veterinary school. Jonathan was a part of the 2nd MFOS class at UF and some of his post-undergraduate journey included working with the USDA and completing a masters degree at Penn State!   Brief episode description: “Jonathan is candid and transparent about his unique path to veterinary …

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MFOS Team Adds New Member

Tuesday, January 13th, 2021 We want to officially welcome a new staff member to #TeamMFOS, Destiny Caldwell! Destiny serves as the program coordinator for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at Florida State University, where she worked closely with first-generation college students. Destiny earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2019 at Sam Houston State …

Meet the UF alum designing for the Stanley Cup Champs

    November 20th, 2020- Machen Florida Opportunity Scholar Alumni Spotlight: Carolina Brinkley (BFA Graphic Design 2011)   She found a home in the School of Art and Art History’s graphic design program, though she felt at first that she had major catch up to do. “UF has a really great—small but mighty—program,” she said. “It is really competitive, and …

First-Generation Organization (FGO) Welcome

On Thursday, September 10, the First-Generation Organization (FGO) hosted its first event of the semester, welcoming first-generation students new and old. Read on to learn more about how we (FGO) can better support you. This event allowed students to learn about resources created especially for them. We were very fortunate have Taylor Turner, a representative from the office of First-Generation …

MFOS on the Move!

Tuesday August 18, 2020   Beginning this fall semester, offices for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program will be on Level 2 of the Reitz Union co-located with the David and Wanda Brown Center for Leadership & Service. The historic first-generation student support program, named after President Emeritus, Dr. Bernard and Chris Machen, had previously been located in Tigert Hall …

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Summer B #UF24

  Tuesday July 7th, 2020 Welcome to our newest scholars, the MFOS class of 2024! Over 100 scholars started their first term this past Monday, albeit a little different from past classes. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all summer scholars will take online courses this summer to continue following social distancing guidelines. This presented a new opportunity for the MFOS team …

MFOS Alumni Turned Podcasters

Written by Erica Aguiar on May 28th, 2020 MFOS alumni Agassy Rodriguez and Erica Aguiar (current MFOS assistant director) recently launched a podcast through SACSA, the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. The podcast, called “The First Five Years”, provides graduate students and new professionals in student affairs with timely conversations around the first five years of working at a …

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The First-Gen Journey Together- MFOS Connections

Written by Brandon Kol, 3rd Year MFOS Scholar Oftentimes the transition to college can be scary and even nerve wracking for incoming first-year students. As a first-generation college student, this feeling hit me twice as hard. Since I am the first person to go to college in my family, I had no one to rely on or go to for …