SSF STORIES BLOG

Learn more about our residents as they share a piece of their story here on the #SSFStories Blog!

“The people in my life have been with me through thick and thin” – Clara M. Sowers-Rodriguez

School: University of Florida Year: SSF Alum ’02 House: Hansen 2002 Photo: My UF graduation with my friends: Jeannie, me, Holly, and Danny. Jeannie (far left) is the one who pushed to apply for SSF. When I was little, my mother taught me to read, listen to music, sing, have good manners, and treat others […]

“Part of being the youngest meant that I had to work” – Arkin Buyukozturk

School: Florida State University Year: Sophomore House: Smith-Tyner Hi, my name is Arkin Buyukozturk. I’m a resident and an Ambassador of  SSF. I was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and first found out about SSF through my older brother Bert (right in photo above) who is also an Ambassador and has lived at SSF […]

“I felt I could handle being the only black female” – Rhoda Glasco Foderingham

School: Florida State University Year: SSF Alum ’68 House: FEA My name is Rhoda Glasco Foderingham. I am the first black female admitted into a scholarship house. I remember going to the office of Dr. Walter Jarecki at Broward Junior College (Broward College) and his informing me that he thought I would be a good […]

“When I was young, my family and I went through many hardships” – Rebekah Firmin

School: Tallahassee Community College Year: Freshman House: Lundquist I grew up in Lakeland, Florida in a house devoted to our Christian faith. When I was young, my family and I went through many hardships. By the age of seven I lost my father to cancer. As a child it was hard to watch my dad […]

“Circumstances I have endured in my life… allowed me to realize my true purpose” – Gabby Dawkins

School: Florida A&M University Year: Fall 2012 – Fall 2015 House: Florida Retail Federation My name is Gabrielle Dawkins and I am a Broadcast Journalism student at FAMU. I enjoy quality time with family, I am a dedicated worker, and I try to maintain peace and happiness throughout my hectic life. When SSF asked me what […]

“I live in the Gresham-Kite Pilot House and I love it!” – Brittany Thompson

School: Florida Gulf Coast University Year: Senior House: Gresham-Kite Pilot My name is Brittany Thompson from Port Charlotte, Florida. I live in the Gresham-Kite Pilot House and I love it! When I was a senior in high school I went through the college financial aid search and I applied to a myriad of scholarships. Anything […]

“Growing up, I experienced two divorces and six moves” – Catlin Cade

School: University of Florida Year: Graduate Student House: Hansen Growing up, I experienced two divorces and six moves. I became envious of “normal” families where the dad was present in the home. I also envied them for their higher socioeconomic status and I dreamed of being a part of a family that was financially stable […]

“Coming into college, I had no idea what to expect” – Nicholas Farmer

School: Santa Fe College Year: Sophomore House: Hartman-Kiwanis Coming into college, I had no idea what to expect. I heard horror stories about professors, awful roommates, and gross food. Saying that I was nervous when I came up for my interview was an understatement. I knew that this was make or break. The only way […]

“I Lost My Voice” – Carolina Ruggero

School: Florida State University Year: Junior House: Lastinger  I vividly remember the day I lost my voice. My father was at the house that night, and I sat directly across from him at the dinner table as my mother paced across the kitchen, mumbling words in Spanish that neither he nor I could understand. I do […]

Introducing SSF Stories

Welcome to SSF Stories, a new media platform that will feature our residents and alumni. It will allow a glimpse into their lives as they share their stories. While we frequently showcase our #SSFStars who are doing and accomplishing amazing things, this blog will allow  our Stars, past and present, to tell their stories in […]