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Tell me about your experience as
a senior class president.
Okay, well, when I won the presidency,
I wasn’t really friends with the more
academic people. I feel like I won more
of the other people, not the people who
take AP classes, because the other peo-
ple I was running against, they were
really smart and all that, too. I’m more
friends with, I guess, the average peo-
ple. People who ... don’t do sports and
stuff. They’re kind of the majority. ... I
guess I won the crowd that wasn’t the
Anything else about your experi-
ence as class president?
Well, sometimes it can be hard being
a leader because not everybody agrees
with you, but I guess my advisor, David
Grimm, he’s a really good advisor. He
gives really good advice, so just mak-
ing events a lot of seniors would like to
attend was difficult. At the end, when
we did make the events, people really
enjoyed them. If we did a bowling tour-
nament, it was really exciting and fun.
Were you involved in any sports
or extra-curricular activities?
I was part of a dance organization, a
dance studio in Lake Nona. It was called
All Star Dance Company, and we did
competitions. I’m not really athletic, I
don’t really like competing athletically,
but I really enjoy dancing because I feel
like it’s a way for me to express myself.
Something that I’m really passion-
ate about is volunteering. I really like
volunteering. I’m in Key Club and Beta
Club. I’ve been in Key Club since my
freshman year and Beta Club since
sophomore year and National Junior
Honor Society junior and senior year.
What would you identify as your
greatest achievement thus far as
I think, honestly, succeeding academi-
cally and learning to be more organ-
ized. Learning to overcome situations
that are uncomfortable. Because there’s
been quite a few times where I feel
like giving up in school. I was like, “I
don’t want to do this anymore,” but I
always pushed through. Being in dual
enrollment can sometimes be espe-
cially challenging. So, I guess one of my
greatest achievements is being organ-
ized. I feel like being in dual enrollment
has helped me become more organized
and follow a set schedule.
What excites you most about college?
Meeting new people mainly. Obvious-
ly, we’ve grown up all together, a lot of
people in my school. I’m very excited
to meet new people. I like new experi-
ences, too...and a new environment, too.
That’s really exciting, too. Change can be
scary sometimes, but it’s exciting.
Why did you choose UCF?
Well, I didn’t want to go anywhere that’s
too far because I’m really close to my
family. Originally, I wanted to go to USF,
but then I figured, with the way my class-
es were set up, I still needed two prereq-
uisites, so it wouldn’t have made sense
two classes. So, I figured UCF is a good
alternative, and I really like Orlando. I
really feel like it’s developing, especially
for nursing. Medical City is right here in
Lake Nona, and I think it’s just a good en-
What was your grade point average?
I’m pretty sure it’s just a 3.8. I was really
struggling; I was trying to get a 4.0, but
I did get some B’s. ... I tried. I was trying
That’s great, Tiffany! Tell me a
little bit more about why you
want to study nursing.
Ever since I was little, I really liked ba-
bies and that field. At first, I wanted to
be an OB/GYN, and then I wanted to be
a midwife. My mom is a nurse, so she
was like, “What if you study nursing and
become a nurse practitioner?” I’m like,
“Okay.” Then, I realized that they can
work in obstetrics and they can work
with babies. I want to be working prob-
ably as a neonatal nurse or in women’s
health. When you go to college, I guess
you get to experience clinical rotations
and see more of which field, so I’m real-
ly excited for that. I really like nursing.
When I was a freshman and sopho-
more, there was a program called
Health Academy. I’m pretty sure it still
exists, and so that really helped me
experience more and open my eyes
to the medical field because we did
learn about a lot of stuff with the medi-
cal field. Once you were done with the
health academy program, you could
transfer to Valencia and take classes
there, which was what I did. You could
also go the tech routes and become a
medical assistant or something. A lot
of my friends decided to do that, but I
just decided to go the AA route. I really
liked that class because the teacher,
she was a nurse, too. She’s a registered
nurse, so she was sharing a lot of her
experiences with us, so I really liked it.
I learned a lot.
Would you consider Nurse Prac-
titioner the profession that you
want to do after college?
Yeah, I want NP, that’s my goal.
Is there a particular reason why? What
made you choose practitioner as op-
posed to registered nurse or an MD?
Well, I didn’t want to be a doctor be-
cause I guess I wanted to be able to be
more flexible in what I wanted. If you’re
a nurse, you don’t have to stick to a
particular field. If you want to do pedi-
atrics, you can change and be an ER
nurse, I guess. I really like that it’s flex-
ible. I like that it’s changing, it’s keeping
After college and the job after
college, do you have any other
Lately, I’ve been taking political science
classes. I needed to take U.S. govern-
ment, and I just find it really interesting,
government. Who knows, maybe I’ll run
for legislature someday. I find it really
interesting, but I guess that would be
down the road when I’m older.
What will you miss most about
I guess the environment. I think I’ll miss
all the memories that I made. We’ve
been there since we were in sixth grade,
and then in eighth grade we moved to
the middle school that they built, Lake
Nona Middle School, so I think I’ll miss
the memories honestly. I’m ready for a
change, I’m ready to leave, but I’ll miss
What neighborhood do you live
I live in North Shore.
High school is a very special
time. You’ll never forget it. What
will you miss most about North
Shore? Are you planning to be in
the dorms your first year?
I have no idea. I think when I go into
the college of nursing, maybe I’ll get an
apartment, but it depends on my par-
ents. As of now, I think I’ll be staying
Other than your parents, who
has been a great mentor for you
throughout your time as a stu-
I don’t know if this is cliché, but my older
brother. He’s always been there to advise
me what things I should and shouldn’t
do. I guess I’ve learned from his mistakes.
A little bit more about that question,
what made him such a good mentor?
You mentioned you learned from his
mistakes, but is there anything else that
made him such a good mentor?
I think I’m just able to open up to him.
We got really close when I was a fresh-
man and he was a senior at Lake Nona
High...we just bonded when I went to
the high school. He went to the Army
afterwards, but he came back and now
he’s at Valencia, too. Now, we’re back to-
gether. We’re just really close, we don’t
really fight that much.
What is your favorite thing to do
outside of school and babysit-
Okay, outside of school ... I feel like my
whole life is school! However, I really
like making YouTube videos, and I like
playing with make-up, too. That’s a re-
ally big hobby of mine. Dancing, too. I
don’t really dance anymore, I stopped
dancing this year. It was really fun go-
ing to competitions and stuff. It was a
really big part of my life throughout
If everything goes how you
would like, what would your life
look like 10 years from now?
I’ll be 27... I would hope to be a nurse
practitioner living in Orlando. I’ve al-
ways imagined having an apartment
where Lake Eola is. It’s so beautiful
there! It’s so pretty. Basically, I see my-
self being a nurse, and then hopefully
this YouTube thing, if I decide to con-
tinue with it, I’ll have new videos and
stuff. I don’t know when I would actu-
ally pursue the government stuff, but
I really find it interesting and I would
like to. I guess I want to continue doing
different stuff, but I don’t
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We are proud of all the
dedication, sleepless nights
and effort you put into
everything. Now, be a GATOR!
Jessica Claire Castillo
Congratulations and wish you
the best as you embark on
your next exciting adventure.
Mommy is so proud of you.
I love you Jessica!
13 JUNE 2016
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