Goodwin Residence Hall
Living and Learning on Campus
Mikaela Myers was drawn to Nova Southeastern University by the opportunity to join the rowing team, allowing her to continue a sport she participated in throughout high school and to compete with a crew that frequently qualifies for the NCAA Division II championships. But as a resident of Goodwin Residence Hall, she was also able to expand her horizons on campus in a wide range of interests, including immersing herself in art and founding an undergraduate student organization.
Being part of the rowing team gave Myers an immediate group of friends, with many of them also living in the halls. "It’s really nice to be around my teammates and go to practice with them,” she said. “Being on the team is a lot of work, but I've made a lot of friends."
She also experienced some success in her first year on the team – she was part of NSU’s Freshman 8 boat that took second place at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. But her success went beyond the water and into the classroom. As an art major, Myers earned second place for her charcoal figure drawing titled “Resting” at the On the Wire: Second Annual Juried Student Exhibition hosted by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences’ Division of Performing and Visual Arts.
Her extracurricular activities included being a member of the Leadership Roundtable Scholars and restarting an undergraduate chapter of the Gay Straight Student Alliance. “Knowing the importance of having a support group around you, I thought it would be helpful to start the GSSA,” she said. “It's really good for students to find other students they can talk to and socialize with."
Myers serves as the GSSA president and grew the organization to about 20 members in its first year. She is hoping to expand the GSSA even more and is working with graduate school chapters of the GSSA to bring the AIDS Memorial Quilt to campus.
As a sophomore, Myers will live in The Commons Residence Hall in the L.E.A.D. (Leading Empowering Aspiring Developing) community, where she aims to network with other student leaders, building on her already-established foundation of campus involvement and leadership.
For more information on Residential Life and Housing, visit http://www.nova.edu/reslife.