Senior Psychology Major from South Florida
My name is Lauren Troncoso and I am a daughter of Christ -- something I learned by coming to St. A's and immersing myself in the tight-knit family you will always be welcomed by when you walk through the doors of the Student Center or Hurley. I'm a senior studying psychology, and I have mixed feelings of terror, disbelief and excitement about graduating in less than a year! I am also one of the Co-Coordinators for Catholic Gators, a position I am thrilled and honored to fulfill. When I'm not speed-walking between classes, work and student organizations, I like to watch chick flicks, drink smoothies, eat sweets, jam to Taylor Swift, craft, go on adventures to new places, visit my family in South Florida and enjoy beautiful days hanging in my eno hammock. If you see me around campus or the student center, please say hi! I also like making new friends :)
Junior Nursing Major from Jacksonville, FL
After attending the Alpha retreat the spring of my freshman year, I’ve fallen in love with the open nature and loving people that are found within the St. A’s community. They have shown me how to give back and have helped me to grow in my faith. I am truly blessed to be able to serve as a leader within this community and hopefully give someone else a feeling of security and purpose as this community has given me. I’m looking forward to this upcoming year and everything it has to offer!
These are a few of my favorite things: meeting new people, going to the beach, playing sports, watching Disney movies, listening to music, attempting to do Pinterest crafts and elephants!
Junior Marketing Major from Jacksonville, FL
I became involved with Catholic Gators after I attended the Alpha retreat during my freshman year. I had no idea that one weekend would mark the beginning of my spiritual journey with God, my faith, and the Catholic Gators community. Since then, I have served on Alpha Team ( #EvenKitchen ) and Newman Club. I am ecstatic to serve as Coalition Treasurer this year!
I like trying new restaurants, taking too many pictures, dancing in grocery stores, and learning useless movie facts.
Sophomore Engineering Major from Riverview, FL
My name is Itzel Guzman and I am an engineering sophomore at the University of Florida. I'm from Riverview, Florida which is close to the Tampa area. I am also on the Fencing team at the University of Florida. In my free time I like hanging out with friends, taking naps, reading, and eating yummy foods.
I grew up in a very religious family and I am happy I can continue growing in my faith. I'm really blessed to be the Service Coordinator, because whenever God calls you for something it's hard to say no. I'm looking forward to help others in need as well as help our fellow Catholic Gators grow in the spirit of giving.
Junior Biology Major with Secondary Education from High Springs, FL
I was first introduced to the Catholic Gators Community the summer before my freshman year of college as Newman started up during the summer, and come'on, who can resist free food? As I began my fall semester, I got involved in a bible study and participated in Newman dinners every Tuesday, meeting new people left and right. But it was not until the Alpha retreat that year that I knew I had found my home in discovering God's love more fully in this loving godly family here at St. A's. I was soon quick to join the music ministry, started participating in liturgy of the hours, and even went on a mission trip to rural Kentucky with CAP and on the FIRE Retreat this last semester! I have been amazed every day since then at the love and support of this community and the Love of God to shape our wills to His Own, which is Love and Mercy Itself. I pray and can't wait for you to receive His transforming Love and Grace for yourselves too!
I love singing, playing guitar, procrastinating, wishing on stars, going kayaking on the Santa Fe with friends, watching Friends (lol), playing soccer, and reading as many books as I can get my hands on!
Junior Aerospace Engineering Major from Pembroke Pines, FL
I love St Augustine's because I was able to find the community I needed to keep growing in my faith when I was making the transition into my freshman year. Finding so many students who wanted to grow in their faith and who were so on fire for Jesus has inspired me and helped me. I enjoy playing a mean game of ping-pong, playing and watching sports, and I love watching any superhero movie when it comes out in theaters; Captain America is the man. I also enjoy spending time with friends and exploring new places. St Augustine and St Peter are two of my favorites Saints. If I were the patron saint of something it would be of lame jokes.