Name: Diego Pomales-Muniz
House: Williams-Pilot

Hello! My name is Diego Pomales-Muniz and I’m the Social Chair and Media Coordinator from the Williams-Pilot Scholarship House. I’m a freshman at the University of Florida, majoring in Mathematics. I’m from Sanford, Florida, a town about 40 minutes north of Orlando. I was third in my class in high school and I graduated with my Associate’s Degree alongside my high school diploma. I also had the really fascinating opportunity to take part in two internships while in high school. The first was an internship in the Information Technology department at Addition Financial Credit Union where I modified and interacted with their client databases. The second was an internship at a place called the Altamonte Springs Science Incubator, a program hosted by the local government of Altamonte Springs. Through this internship, I was able to shadow engineers, geographic information specialists, and project managers within the Public Works Department of Altamonte Springs and participate in city projects.

While high school was a lot of fun and held many opportunities, I’m even more excited for my time at the University of Florida and all the opportunities that come with being in it. Part of my excitement stems from being here at SSF. I initially choose SSF simply because it was the much more financially suitable option, but the more I got involved in filling out the application and now being here, I was immensely attracted to the focus on community and building relationships. While I was excited to come to the University of Florida, I was also nervous because I didn’t know many people in the university, but SSF has been so wonderful and welcoming and making the transition to college something to really enjoy.

Aside from my transition, I really enjoy playing volleyball, longboarding, exercising, watching Netflix, and being with my friends. Having a good friend around always makes my days better. I’m very people-oriented and enjoy surrounding myself with good company. As a people person, I hope to become a Mathematical Epidemiologist after I graduate, someone who builds models to predict diseases’ behaviors, and work with people to help them overcome their health-related struggles. For me, this is just the beginning of a long journey, but it’s one that I’ll happily and wholeheartedly take on with each step!