With a passion for creating meaningful experiences, Elizabeth Rutkovsky chose to study hospitality management in the hospitality capital of the world. A Burnett Honors Scholar, LEAD Scholar, chair of the President’s Leadership Council, president of the Rosen College Leadership Council, and founder of the Human Resources Development Association, she is leveraging all of the opportunities available at UCF to help achieve her goal of becoming a human resources leader in the hospitality industry.

“I chose UCF because it truly does stand for opportunity. As an aspiring hospitality professional, the Rosen College fosters growth while providing valuable industry connections and an education from world-class professors. And UCF has enabled me to develop personally and professionally into the person I am today.”
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As an advocate for inclusivity and mental health, Regin Mantuano combines his artistic skills with what he’s learning in the classroom and work experiences to connect people to important causes. The marketing student is a social media assistant for Wellness and Health Promotion Services and a social ambassador for the university, which allows him to emphasize the importance of mental wellness and share mindfulness tips through UCF’s various digital platforms. Through connections he’s made with the Filipino Student Association and around campus, he’s gained a greater sense of individuality while finding a friendly community.

“I’ve become more confident in my intellectual and technical abilities and just as a person. I know my limits when it comes to work, studying and keeping everything balanced.”


Burnett Honors Scholar and recent graduate Sharon Barak ’21 chose UCF because of its well-known and well-respected computer science program. While at UCF, he joined the programming team, where he’s found a coach and mentor who’s helped him expand his skills and was part of the team that advanced to the North American Championship. He is now interning at Amazon as a software engineer and pursuing a master’s in computer science from UCF.

“UCF has benefits and opportunities that I wouldn’t be able to get at other schools, including a national championship-winning programming team and getting to represent one of the best schools in the country.”


As an out-of-state student, Leah Freeman thought it might be hard to acclimate to college in Florida. But the interdisciplinary studies student quickly became involved with the Black Student Union and the Office of Social Justice and Advocacy, which helped her socially and fulfilled her love of being an active member of her community. Currently a member of the Nu Chi chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity and the first female president of Men of Integrity, she’s able to put her art, commerce and sociology studies into practice. The future graphic design entrepreneur is also gaining experience through an internship with UCF Athletics’ #Content department, which has garnered millions of impressions of her work.

“Being so involved, I’ve learned that UCF literally has a resource for everything — it’s just a matter of finding the things that interest and best serve you.”

Photo credit: Nicholas Leyva ’15

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