Resident: Savannah Plunkett
House: Tyner

Hello! My name is Savannah Plunkett, and I am from Lakeland, Florida. I am a sophomore at the University of Florida and I live with twenty-four amazing girls in the Mack Tyner Scholarship House. I found this amazing place through my principal at Harrison High School, who had the privilege of studying with the Southern Scholarship Foundation when getting his master’s degree. I am so incredibly grateful I have found this organization because I really wanted to attend UF, but my parents and I couldn’t afford it without having to borrow money. Thanks to SSF, I am able to attend such a great college without being in huge financial debt. I chose to be Media Coordinator this year to get more involved with my house and to be a part of a greater whole.

I have a musical background, I played the French Horn for eight years before coming to University of Florida. Currently, I am studying Art History and Italian so that I can work in museums in Italy, and other areas around the world. Art History was one of the first subjects that just seemed to click with me in high school. History itself has always fascinated me but the visual that art provides is riveting. Each art piece tells its own story and there are so many nuances and deeper meaning behind them. Knowing the history makes it so much more exciting when you get to see the piece in real life. I am interested in possibly getting a masters degree in Curating and interning at Christies or the Metropolitan Museum in New York. This past summer I interned with the Art Education section at my local museum called the Polk Museum of Art. I adore traveling, any chance to see a new place or country I jump at. I also love my family dearly. I have a ten-year-old brother named Justice and a sixteen-year-old sister named Ashtyn. My parents are the most supportive and loving people. Even though I love other countries, I couldn’t live in a foreign country for too long without missing my family.

With SSF, I have gained a new family that I love being a part of every day. Being a part of such a tight knit community of people who truly care and support one another has made me a better person. I have been going through a tough time with a spine injury recently, I have had trouble walking and I’m in constant pain unfortunately. I’ve never been so supported and loved by twenty-four housemates. I’m so thankful to be in a house full of girls who have spent that last couple of weeks helping me, literally around the house. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have SSF. I can’t imagine being alone in a dorm on campus. The girls even pulled together some money to get me a wheel chair to wheel me around the house with as a surprise. SSF means the world to me and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else during college.