Now Trending: First Day Fashion

Now Trending: First Day Fashion

Words by Nicole Dudenhoefer ’17 and Jenna Marina Lee | Photos by Nick Leyva ’15 and Carlos Romero 

The first week of the new school year is in the books. Fifty years ago, UCF — then Florida Technological University — held its first classes on campus. A few things have changed since then. To celebrate how much we’ve grown, today’s students showed off their school pride and their personal style in the #UCFirstDay photo booth.


A tall man in a black shirt and jeans smiles as he looks to the side and points in the distance.

Chad Brown
Major:
Interdisciplinary studies
Class of 2019
“The best part of being a Knight is the unity we have, not just on campus but in the Orlando community.”



A man holds his twin who is pointing at the camera on his back.

Austin and Blake Flynn
Major: Industrial engineering
Class of 2022
“One thing I couldn’t live without is my family,” Blake Flynn says.



Ava Carsley
Major: Event management
Class of 2021
“In 10 years, I want to be creating magic at Disney.”



Elizabeth Isom
Major: Hospitality Management
Class of 2022
“I am passionate about becoming the best version of myself.”



A man in a button down shirt, tie and slacks crouches down with his hand holding his chin.

Tim Le ’16
First-year medical student 
“In 10 years, I want to be constantly learning. No matter where I am in my career.”



A man wearing a grey UCF shirt jumps in the air along someone in a knight costume.

Angelo Baldado
Major: Social work
Class of 2019
“Three words to describe my college experience so far are: ‘Thank you, UCF.’ ”



Gyselle Rios
Major: Health sciences
Class of 2021
“Something that used to scare me but doesn’t anymore is change.”



Kayla McCauley (and Hesston)
Major: Biology
Class of 2019
“This year I’m looking forward to seeing what Dr. Whittaker does in his first year as president.”



A man in a light blue shirt and white shorts poses with his hand on his hip.

Jeremy Singh
Major: Theatre
Class of 2022
“My dream is to be on Broadway.”



A woman in camp pants and a black tank top whips her wavy hair up as she smiles.

Audrey Minch
Major: Entertainment management
Class of 2018
“The last time I cried was yesterday. The day before. Last week. What can I say? I’m a crier. Everything makes me cry. Happy things, sad things, funny things. I’m an emotional person.”



A woman in an ornate jacket and top, and black leggings, poses with her hands on her neck and leg as she smiles.

Courtney Marshall
Major: Health sciences
Class of 2019
“I love being a Knight because I’m the only one in my family who is.”



Jena Sykes
Major: Computer science
Class of 2022
“The best advice I’ve ever received is to act like the person I want to become.”



A woman in an orange tank top and black pants holds her glasses with one hand on her hip as she smiles.

Raven Killing
Major: Interdisciplinary studies
Class of 2019
“I can’t live without the ocean.”



Abby Trout
Major: Environmental studies
Class of 2022
“My dream is to start a conservation organization.”



Mariana Estrade
Major: Chemistry
Class of 2019
““Three words to describe my college experience so far: tiring, exciting and fun. I’ve only be here two hours.”



A man in a black shirt and pants holds his hands together while wearing sunglasses and looking off to the side.

Malachi Mullings
Major: Computer engineering
Class of 2022
“In four years, I want to accomplish my bachelor’s degree, have equity within stocks I already own and have multiple sources of revenue.”



A woman in a yellow shirt and black shorts holds a tuba across her body as she smiles.

Kailey Wiles
Major:
Nursing – pending
Class of 2020
“I can’t live without my Marching Knights family. I never take a moment with them for granted.”



Jasmine Fletcher 
Major: Secondary-education 
Class of 2021
“The last time I cried was two weeks ago – from laughter.”



Dilan Bosch
Major: Biomedical sciences
Class of 2022
“My thought process in getting dressed today was I don’t have anyone to impress.”



A man in a yellow shirt and black shorts crouches down while he looks to the side and smiles.

Jeremy Diaz
Major:
Marketing
Class of 2019
“My dream is to retire both my parents and start my own fashion business.”



UCF President Dale Whittaker
“One of the things I remember about my first day of class was walking out of the residence hall and going to my first chemistry class and being totally intimidated, but after class I met a friend.”



A woman in a yellow shirt and patterned shorts smiles as she wears a bright green backpack.

Janai McDaniel
MajorHealth sciences
Class of 2022
“Something that used to scare me but doesn’t anymore is driving.”



A woman in a black NASA T-shirt and ripped denim shorts stands on her tip-toes as she reaches an arm out and smiles.

Kathryn Book
Major: 
Biomedical sciences
Class of 2022
“The first day of school makes me feel energized.”



A man in a white and black striped shirt points to the camera and smiles.

Marcus Sparks
Major: Management
Class of 2018
“I wish there were less violence in the world.”



A man with black and red hair touches the headphones he's wearing on his head while he purses his lips.

Juvencio Cendejas
Major: Aerospace engineering
Class of 2020
“I wish there were less bad drivers in the world.”



A woman in a white polka dot shirt and patterned pants holds up a peace sign with her fingers as she smiles.

Carmen Guida
Major:
Engineering
Visiting scholar from Naples, Italy
“Something that used to scare me but doesn’t anymore is being far from home.”



A man in a white shirt and black shorts jumps into the air as he stretches his arms.

Jonathon Batista
Major: Entertainment management
Class of 2018
“This year I am looking forward to graduating and being the first of my family to do so.”



Derrick Whitcomb
Major: Statistics
Class of 2021
“This year I’m looking forward to another undefeated season.”



A man in black pants, red shirt and grey hoodie poses with headphones around his neck and his hands in his pockets.

Xavier Alexander
Major: Aerospace engineering
Class of 2022
“The best advice I ever received was to always smile because life is hard enough as it is.”



Nadia Pastrana
Major: Communications sciences and disorders
Class of 2018
“The last book I read was Love in the Time of Cholera.”