CAM-tastic Stories highlights the journeys of our CAM family in a brief narrative fashion.

International student, Natalia Cervantes, is from the city of Tegucigalpa, in the beautiful country of Honduras. She has been playing the cello for four years and has proudly played in three orchestras. Double majoring in Exceptional Student Education and Music Education, Cervantes plans to apply her passions to become a music teacher to serve students with special needs. Cervantes credits her parents for inspiring her dreams: “My parents worked extremely hard for me to study at one of the best schools in my country, and my performance in school was my way of honoring them for their effort.” Cervantes also believes scripture can remind students how to go about following their dreams: “Submit your dreams to the Lord, Psalm 127:1 says. When you align your dreams to God’s dreams for you, you will certainly succeed. If you try to reach them on your own, you are working in vain.”
– Story by Trisha-Ann Brown

Angel Ruse, a first semester SEU junior, has an interesting story to tell. She was originally adopted from China, where she was found in a box one December day. Shaped by her experiences, Ruse is now a broadcast major where she is involved in Next Gen Journalism, Delight Ministries, and is a TA in the communication department. She has important words for potential students: “I would tell them to not only be academically-focused but to also live life. When I was a freshman, I was so focused on academics and making new connections, that I forgot to experience my first year. I encourage you to keep your grit but also take care of yourself.” Ruse offers this advice to other creatives who might be looking to be a part of something rewarding: “Follow your dreams because at the end of the day, you could have a hundred no’s but that one yes will change your life. If you ever have the feeling of giving up, remind yourself that God has a plan for you.”
– Story by Trisha-Ann Brown

“Pray before anything”, says Abbey Turner, a Public Relations senior at SEU. Abbey is a Tampa Bay native, and JOY FM intern, who has a passion for helping others and demonstrating that passion through her work in branding, building social media accounts for businesses, and using her graphic design skills. “I would love to eventually end up at a faith-based organization using my talents for the greater good!” exclaimed Abbey. “I am an Enneagram 3, so I approach my goals with excitement and anticipation!” Turner is an active member of the PR Club, SEU Wellness, We Are SEU, Ignite Peer Mentoring Program, Campus Ambassadors, and a few Bible studies groups. She also volunteers at her church in Tampa, running their social media. When asked what advice she would offer new students, Abbey said, “If you feel led to befriend, minister to, or pray over anyone throughout your years here, DO IT! It will help you grow and improve as a person.”
– Story by Trisha-Ann Brown

“The experience I’ve had here [at SEU] has been amazing: working different productions, learning from doing and most importantly, trusting that failing is an option and that I have a community surrounding me to help me learn from it,” said CAM Senior, Romario Norvil. “The opportunities are here, you just need to take them,” he added. Norvil, an impassioned storyteller and activist in his community, is a broadcast major, who is involved in student leadership, the Department of Multi-Cultural Affairs, residence life, and the Department of Unrestricted Education. His most recent projects include the production of SEU’s annual Conference and the student-led production, Torch TV. When asked what advice he could offer incoming students, Romario had this to say: “Get plugged in to a church and serve using your unique skills. The four years go by fast, so hold your head high, and take each step with confidence.”
– Story by Trisha-Ann Brown

Colorado native and Southeastern University senior, Mckenzie Alons, has some specific advice for her peers: “Don’t care too much about what others think of you. Know your purpose and pursue your passion with boldness.” Since Mckenzie practices what she preaches, she keeps herself extremely busy. Not only is she double majoring in English and music, but she is also a piano accompanist, teacher’s assistant in the music department, tutor at ACE, editor/writer for the media relations and communications office, and the editor-in-chief of SEU’s undergraduate academic journal, The Oracle. “I love to see others light up with inspiration and curiosity, particularly in my work as a tutor.” McKenzie notes that she will carry into the world what she has learned at SEU. “I’ve grown immensely in confidence, open-mindedness, and creativity—all of which will undoubtedly benefit my career and community outreach.” When asked what advice she would give students struggling to reach their goals, Mckenzie offered: “Think about your ‘why.’ Write it down and return to it whenever you feel discouraged or unmotivated. Also, continually ask God to renew your purpose and perspective; it’s easy to become consumed by disappointment and forget that His plan will prevail—regardless of our failures or setbacks.”
– Story by Trisha-Ann Brown

Recent CAM graduate, Grace Jicha, spent her time at SEU in a highly productive fashion. Click HERE to watch a short video highlighting her accomplishments.
– story by Teanna Mitchell

“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people. It’s harder than it sounds but you could miss out on great friendships.” Olivia McDaniel offers this suggestion for incoming students at Southeastern University. Olivia is a senior at SEU and is majoring in public relations. Graduating in April, she looks back at her time at SEU with positivity. “I think Southeastern University has helped me learn how to stay organized and create good habits for myself. I see myself working in an office helping with events and social media content after I graduate, but the end goal is to work at a wedding venue in an event manager’s position.” While Olivia has made the most of her time in the classroom, she is also actively involved on campus in a leadership position as the Resident Assistant for the Esperanza dorms. “My favorite part of my time at Southeastern has been being involved in leadership and living with best friends.”
– story by Emilia Pombo

“It is truly amazing to work with people who are so passionate about music,” says Brandon Pasquence, a junior at Southeastern University, who has been elected as Parliamentarian in the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Music Education. “This position has helped me realize that the process is just as important as the product.” Brandon is one of three SEU students who have been elected to serve NAfME. “My responsibilities are to become an expert on interpreting and applying Robert’s Rules of Order to all of our meetings as well as to give advice regarding parliamentary procedure.” Brandon attributes his success to what he learned at SEU. “The concept of servant leadership has changed my mindset on being a leader by shifting my focus towards serving and lifting others to a higher level.” Brandon offers this advice for students who are considering elected positions: “Know your stuff and have a thirst for knowledge.”
– story by Emilia Pombo