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Achieving Balance, Finding Direction

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Kelsie Ruff

“I’m paying for my own education. My family is unable to contribute to my tuition or living expenses, so without the help from the Flagler Scholarship Fund, there is no way I would be able to be at Flagler.”

Kelsie Ruff, ’10
Liberal Arts Major

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Kyle Jennette

“I wanted to be active in my classes and interact with my fellow students and professors one-on-one. When I visited Flagler, I instantly fell for it, and I knew I would thrive here.”

Kyle Jennette, ’11
Psychology Major

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Caroline Young

“When I am practicing yoga [in the Ringhaver Student Center], looking out at Ponce, the pool, and all of the palm trees, I still feel like I go to school in some kind of paradise.”

Caroline Young, ’11
Communication Major

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Will Nix

“I hope to go to graduate school for architecture and focus on community planning. I would like to create a sustainable system of communities in Third World countries.”

Will Nix, ’11
Fine Arts Major


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Caroline Young

Caroline Young, '11, Communication Major

Caroline Young runs cross-country for the Saints, practices yoga in her spare time, and balances it all with her love for writing in order to pursue a career in journalism.

Caroline came to Flagler as a transfer student and quickly found her place through the encouragement of her professors.

“I had no idea what I wanted to do, but after taking a few journalism classes here, I knew,” she said. “Professors like Mr. Eaton and Dr. Särkiö helped me to first realize my potential as a writer, and I started to love journalism.”

Caroline says she also learned the importance of discipline in order to balance her studies, social life and extracurricular activities.

“My cross-country coach, Christy Castelli, and my team have made an incredibly positive influence on my life as well,” she said. “Running cross-country is challenging, but the commitment has helped me to be disciplined when I need to and helped me to stay in balance.”

Caroline says she really likes to take advantage of all her opportunities at Flagler, both in and out of the classroom, like the free yoga classes offered in the Ringhaver Student Center as part of the intramural program on campus.

“When I am practicing yoga in the Virginia Room, looking out at Ponce, the pool, and all of the palm trees, I still feel like I go to school in some kind of paradise,” she said.

“Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” — Robert Fulghum