By Charles Kingsbury, UF Communications
A day after Florida's national championship ring ceremony in September, junior Jamie Shisler was visiting a doctor to have a metal pin inserted into
her right foot.
In less than 24 hours, she went from fitting a ring on her
finger to undergoing surgery after having fractured her nevicular bone a month
"I didn't take a traditional route preparing for the
season," Shisler said.
But nothing about Jamie Shisler
is traditional. She's unconventional in her ways, always finding opportunities
to better herself and others, particularly with numbers.
Shisler, a third-year economics major, participated in a
two-month marketing internship held in Arlington, Va., in June, where she had an opportunity to channel her creativity.
She worked closely with visitors from abroad, who came
stateside to improve the infrastructure of their countries.
During her internship, some days brought Google analytics,
while others challenged her to brainstorm ideas on
how to regulate cell phone service across third-world countries.
And she did so collectively with visitors from Abuja, Nigeria, a country stricken by a
lack of amenities and sustainable electricity. Along with her teammates, Shisler developed ways to bridge the capital's communication gap.
Before the internship came to an end, Shisler brought about progress in more ways than one.
She established social media platforms for the firm,
including Twitter and Facebook accounts, all the while giving back to
third-world countries and developing more efficient marketing strategies.
"For me, success is defined by doing a little better
each time," Shisler said. "That's the path
Now a junior, Jamie is set to leave a footprint behind at Florida.
"I just want to be the consistent one that every one can count on and
build off of, like a springboard for everyone else."
She believes leaving behind more than just a name on a roster. She wants to be
remembered for being dependable, a person underclassmen could go to when they
needed help with their studies.
And she’s done just that in 2014.
During her road back to recovery, Shisler took on a reverse role in the gym. She supported her teammates
vocally, moving around
practice to offer support and advice while she nursed her foot back to full
Now, no longer confined to an exercise bike, she is ready
Three events into the season,
Shisler was given her first opportunity to take a
step in the right direction.
her first action of the season in the last two meets,
performing exhibition floor exercise routines against Oklahoma and last week at
But as she knows, it'll be a slow, steady climb
back being a dependable contributor – a challenge she has willingly accepted.
"I always want to up it a little more," Shisler
said. "It's just the little things, like sticking a landing."