Being accepted into UF was the greatest day in the world to me...It also was my ticket out...It was my way to prove to myself that I can make it on my own.”
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I'm Jasmine Dareus, a freshman at the Warrington College of Business. They say "It's Great to Be a Florida Gator"—and I'm living proof.
I'm a first-generation American— born and raised in Tampa after my parents emigrated from Haiti. I learned the value of hard work at a young age helping my mother sell refurbished shoes at a local flea market.
High school was not an easy time for me. I faced problems that most high school students should never have to deal with. These were the hard times.
It's amazing what a change of scenery does! Warrington has become my sanctuary, a place to escape the pressures and challenge myself. I know I'll do great things thanks to my UF business education.
My journey has had its share of setbacks; it's been a struggle to get here. But now that I'm here, I won't let anything stop me. It means everything to me to be just like you...
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