Emily M.

Graduate Recipient

"Describe an achievement or rewarding experience that you are most proud of accomplishing while living with CF, and how it has molded the person you have become."

I started out in academics as mediocre. However, in college I found myself fascinated with the subject of psychology. This interest sparked studying, resulting in straight A's for the first time in my school career. The realization I could excel in academics motivated me to apply myself further. A high grade point average and research involvement resulted thereafter. Professors started believing in my intellect, which in turn heightened my confidence. Before I knew it I was walking across the stage at my college graduation with honors. Receiving my bachelors of arts in psychology as a designated magna cum laude symbolized how small, yet calculated steps can yield big results. Success doesn't occur overnight. It culminates from accomplishing small goals, one day at a time. Receiving my college diploma was accomplished in the same way I defeat Cystic Fibrosis, one day at a time. Despite all the breathing treatments, coughing fits, fatigue, doctor visits, and numerous pills I have to consume, I was able to graduate in four years at the top of my class. That college diploma is something I am most proud of while living with CF, because it symbolizes goal setting, determination, and the discovery of my passion for learning. It symbolizes the end of my tolerance for mediocrity, and the beginning of my journey to consume knowledge and develop novel research.


Emily M.'s Artwork


This creative piece is meant to represent my passions in life. Seeing the world through travel, loved ones, hobbies, education, and giving back are all aspects that keep me strong through tough times. This slide show is a testament to how Cystic Fibrosis has not prevented me from living my life to the fullest. In fact, Cystic Fibrosis has enhanced it. Having a chronic illness is a blessing in disguise, as many individuals with Cystic Fibrosis will say. It makes you appreciate every precious moment since every second we're given is a precious gift.

Emily M.'s Achievements

  • Jacksonville-Presbyterian Social Ministries, Individual Case Manager for the homeless and former alcoholics (Summer 2012)
  • Hubbard House 4th Annual Setting the Pace for Peace Walk, Volunteer (April 6, 2013)
  • Research Poster presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Washington, D.C. (May 2013)
  • Main advocate/speaker at Jacksonville's Finest Event (June 2013)
  • Abbvie CF Scholarship, Undergraduate recipient (July 2013)
  • Main advocate/speaker at 14th Annual Tailgate-Kickoff to a cure (October 2013)
  • Received B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Florida-Magna Cum Laude (April 2014)
  • Accepted to the IOHRM master's program and granted a graduate research assistantship position at Appalachian State University (April 2014)
  • Sawgrass Mariott-Ponte Vedra, Server (May 2014 – Present)