by Laici Little
If you ever spend any time in UF’s Reitz Union, you may have had some interaction with this week’s featured Gainesville resident.
Twenty-year-old Virginia Martinez was up bright and early on a Saturday morning working at the information desk next to the food court when I
had the chance to speak with her. She described herself as someone who was kind of shy but hard working. I found her descriptions to be perfect considering her sweet soft-spoken nature and the diligence she showed toward her job.
During our conversation, Martinez took a moment to cheerfully help a visitor find what they were looking for. She was jovial despite the fact that it was so early that most college students were still sleeping leaving campus a ghost town.
Martinez, who is in the third year of her pursuit towards a nursing career, said that she realized she wanted to get into the nursing field while on a service trip to a little town in the middle of nowhere of Georgia through the Florida Alternative Breaks program. While serving alongside a few girls who were training to become nurses — and after hearing about all of the hands-on experiences they were having — Martinez realized that nursing was a great way to combine her love for both science and helping people.
If you are the kind of person who is up for anything, or who is always ready to try something new, then Martinez would be a great choice for a partner in crime. Martinez said that she is the kind of person who will give any new experience a shot, and who is willing to go on adventures — even if they are little unusual.
A recent adventure took place when Martinez’s friends decided, in the middle of the night, that they wanted to see the sun rise on the east coast. By 4 a.m., Martinez and her friends were in the car heading off to see the beginning of a beautiful morning in St. Augustine — even though they would have classes return to.
Art is also very important to Martinez, who appreciates seeing all the creative things people produce around campus. She said that seeing UF’s “Harlem Shake” a couple weeks ago was pretty neat and definitely brought a smile to her face.
It was a pleasure to meet Martinez . If you ever find yourself lost in the Reitz Union, she’s your girl. She seemed like a kind person who would love to hear about your latest adventure or creative idea. I’m sure she would love it if you stopped by and said hello.