Melissa Allen

Admissions Counselor

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Where are you from?

Whiteley, England

What do you enjoy most about working with students?

I had an unbelievable experience as a student at Florida Southern College. I love helping students learn about what we have to offer and guiding them through the steps of becoming a future Moccasin. I enjoy getting to know each student personally so they have somebody to comfortably contact.

What's your favorite spot on Florida Southern's campus?

For sentimental reasons, my favorite spot on campus has to be the Willis Garden of Meditation, because that is where I said “I do” to my husband! However, the Water Dome is a close second as it is a unique addition to our campus.

What’s the best tradition or campus event at Florida Southern?

My favorite moment as a Florida Southern Student was the Water Dome Splash. At the end of my senior year I could swim with my best friends from my college experience in one of our favorite places on campus. Since graduation, I enjoy watching other students continue to attend the Water Dome Splash because it makes me feel as though we are all part of one family who share that amazing experience.

Describe a perfect Saturday in Lakeland.

I would attempt to walk my lazy Basset Hound around Lake Hollingsworth, and then I would probably spend the middle of the day lounging by the pool with family. Late afternoon I would shop at Lakeside village, eat dinner at any one of their delicious options, and then watch a movie at the IMAX theatre.

Territory

Polk County

Music I Love

Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and Michael Buble.

Movies I Love

Miss Congeniality, Marley and Me, Bridesmaids, Beauty and the Beast

Books I Love

The Harry Potter series and anything written by Nicholas Sparks.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Florida Southern College ‘12

Favorite Quote

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

Any favorite restaurants or hangouts in Lakeland?

Lakeland has enough food options to choose something different every night for months! My absolute favorite has to be BD’s Mongolian Grill at Lakeside Village because you choose your meat, veggies, and sauce and the grill masters stir fry your food right in front of you!

What about hobbies or outside interests?

Since I was tiny I have loved to dance, so I enjoy taking any opportunity I can to continue that passion. On the weekends I love going to Orlando because there is still a little tourist in me! Mostly my family spends time together having dinners and watching little league games.

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