Student Stars

Evan Albury

Senior Evan Albury wants to make a difference through suicide prevention research, and her experiences at Florida State University are helping her reach that goal. Albury, who grew up in Palm City, Florida, said her parents raised her to help people. From a young age, she remembers doing volunteer work with her family for United […]

Sabrina Mato

Cuban immigrant and first-generation college student Sabrina Mato arrived at Florida State University with a breadth of opportunities awaiting her, and she’s taken full advantage of those experiences during her collegiate career. Born in Cuba, Mato immigrated to the United States when she was eight years old. After living in Miami for some time, she […]

Travis Burhart

Florida State University junior Travis Burhart has spent his time as a student pursuing his commitment to leadership and love for the outdoors. Through research and unique experiences at FSU, Burhart has paved his own path to align with his interests. Burhart, a resident of Franklin, Tennessee, knew Florida State was the place for him […]

Ashley Dawdy

Senior Ashley Dawdy has taken huge strides in developing her love for marine biology during her time at Florida State University, including taking advantage of hands-on opportunities to conduct shark surveys in the Gulf of Mexico. That kind of field work was made possible after Dawdy completed the requirements at FSU to become a certified […]

Mariapia Rueda

While on the path to law school, 20-year-old Florida State University graduate Mariapia Rueda left behind a legacy — serving underprivileged and disenfranchised communities. In high school, the native of Dallas, Texas, was a member of the elite International Baccalaureate program. When it came time to choose a college, she explored universities across the nation, […]

Ivonne Mendieta

Florida State University senior Ivonne Mendieta has combined two unlikely subjects — biological science and religion — to foster a college experience that reflects her goal of becoming a physician. Mendieta’s relationship with religion began at a young age. She grew up around her family practicing different versions of Christianity and Catholicism while alternating living […]

Rebeca Hazera

Florida State University senior Rebeca Hazera is an international student with a passion for science and research. The native of Panama City, Panama, knew she wanted to pursue an education at a university where she would be challenged by new experiences and opportunities. “FSU offered me the perfect balance of comfort and excitement,” Hazera said. […]

Shalom Chege

Senior Shalom Chege has used the boundless opportunities at Florida State University to get one step closer to making her dream of being a physician a reality. Chege, a premedical student with a passion for teaching, was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived with her family for seven years until moving to the United […]