My name is Rhiley and I graduated from Paxon School for Advanced Studies in Jacksonville, FL. I am currently a sophomore studying Biology – Conservation and Ecology Track at UCF. My favorite class this year is Ethnobotany with Dr. Rani. This class really has opened my eyes to the foods I eat, their nutritional value and the origins of these foods; where they come from and how indigenous people use them
I decided to get involved with the STEM Ambassador program because I wanted to be the bridge for the next generation of STEM students; to be encouragement and inspiration for people who are like me. I hope to contribute a new set of eyes and a new perspective, so students and teachers see STEM in a creative, fun and impactful way. My advice for future STEM students is: Be authentic. Be your true self. While you’re trying to be someone else, who is going to be you? The world needs you to be true to yourself so you can create change.
In my spare time, I love fellowshipping with my family – from family trips to movie nights in the living room.