UF celebrates 50th anniversary of the Pell Grant program – News

Lise-Carla Honore

Hometown: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Major: Biology (Minor, Anthropology)
Graduation Year: 2022

Career Goal / Next Step: Medicine / Pediatrics. I am passionate about medicine and healthcare, and I would love to seek a career within the field.

Significance of the Pell Grant: The Pell Grant has been one of the most helpful sources of financial aid throughout my college career. Finances have been a shaky ground for me coming into higher education and having the Pell Grant helped to alleviate the financial burdens I have as a student.

Why UF? I always knew I wanted to attend university. I can’t pinpoint the timeline specifically, but even as child it was always a goal of mine. My parents always instilled education in me at a young age. Coming from an immigrant background, a lot of our culture is education and how it maximizes success in the future. Fortunately for me, some close family friends were accustomed to the Gainesville area, which inspired me to come to the university. They vouched for the community at the University of Florida. When I first applied to UF, I initially did not get in which made me discouraged, at first. I attended a high school in South Florida where not many students had UF as their top choice of college because they were afraid that they wouldn’t get in. This played a big part in my self-doubt, but I chose to attend Santa Fe College for two years. It was a great experience, and I was able to apply as a transfer and got in.

Advice to other students: It’s okay to not have everything figured out at first. College is a place of self-discovery, and it’s important to give yourself time to grow and find your place. If you are having difficulties, don’t hesitate to reach out to your community. There are mentors and advisors at UF that will be more than willing to help guide you. You don’t have to do it on your own.

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