Garzon shines her light on FAMU’s campus

Stefanny Garzon on FAMU’s campus. Photo Submitted by Vanessa Lawrence

Stefanny Garzon, a junior at FAMU, marches to the beat of her own drum with a smile that lights up an entire room. Originally from Columbia, Garzon moved to South Florida at the tender age of 4. Growing up in a diverse community is what gave her people-skills and communication-skills that help her navigate through life.

During spring break of her senior year in high school, she traveled alone to North Florida on a Greyhound bus to tour Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Choosing which college to attend can be a daunting experience, but Garzon knew immediately, after touching down on the highest of seven hills that FAMU was the school for her.

“When I came to FAMU it was honestly kind of like love at first sight,” said Garzon.

The welcoming atmosphere and pleasant people sealed the deal on her decision to commit. Garzon received a full ride scholarship to the university. The opportunities given at FAMU along with campus involvements reassured Garzon that everything happens for a reason, and she is where she is meant to be.

The connections Garzon has made at FAMU are nothing short of amazing. “She’s probably one of the best people I’ve met on FAMU’s campus. She is super welcoming, she cares about the school, and she is extremely motivated on whatever she wants to do in life. She is goofy sometimes and has a strong personality. She does what she wants to do and doesn’t let anyone stop her,” said Bryn Plunkett, a longtime friend and sorority sister.

Campus involvement is something Garzon is passionate about. Garzon vowed to herself that she will only join organizations that she is interested in and not just to add to her resume. Some of her campus involvements include being an Orange and Green Guide, an Orientation Leader and being a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

Garzon’s involvement on campus and love for her school has touched the lives of those closest to her. “Steff is an enthusiastic soul, you can truly feel she cares about the things she does for the school. Her energy also has this way of making you just as excited and charismatic as her,” said friend Sabrina Jones, a sophomore Pre-chemical engineer major at FAMU.

“She is the hardest working person I know. I have known Stefanny since my first year here at FAMU as a freshman and I have yet to hear her say ‘I can’t do it.’ She maintains a perfect balance between social life and academics. To add on, she is also one of my closest friends here at FAMU and she motivates me to do better every day,” said friend Marcus Adolphe, a junior public relations major.

Garzon’s spirit embodies the culture of FAMU.