Ashley Nicolls, Environmental Management

Student takes online courses to travel and pursue dream of becoming park biologist GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The first time 27-year-old Ashley Nicolls visited Redwood National Park in California, she cried from excitement. “Everything was breathtaking — the skyscraper-tall trees and you’re immersed in the middle of them; the trees are full of color and the

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Michael Brignola

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Online and on-campus hybrid gives student best of both worlds GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After high school, Michael Brignola knew he wanted to stay in his hometown of Sunrise for one year to save money

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Ines Acosta

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Popular play influences student’s career goals GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A video of a commencement speech by playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda changed the career path for Weston native, Ines Acosta. Acosta remembers sitting at home at

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Alexa Tirse

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Finding a balance: student leader serves campus community GAINESVILLE, Fla. – While some students take advantage of creating their own schedules in college by sleeping in, senior English major Alexa Tirse maximizes every minute

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Ian Tygar

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Student overcomes adversity to complete bachelor’s degree GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior history major Ian Tygar didn’t speak his first words until he was two or three years old. But when his sentences began to

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Amber Sowell

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Ahead of the curve: 19-year-old to graduate two years early GAINESVILLE, Fla. – V. Amber Sowell had always been ahead of the curve. At the age of 7, she skipped second grade. At 16,

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Zachary Silver

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Honoring a legacy: student follows grandfather’s example GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Upon receiving his offer to the PaCE program, Zachary Silver was hesitant about exploring uncharted territory as one of the first students to ever

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Spencer Thompson

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. PaCE Program helps student continue Gator family tradition GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The son of two UF graduates, Spencer Thompson was expected to become a Gator since he was just a baby wrapped in an

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Alexa Trout

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Crossing the finish line: student completes NYC Marathon while earning college degree GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Chest pounding and legs about to give out, crossing the finish line of the New York City Marathon was

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