Deina Bossa received a degree from Santa Fe College before her high school diploma, so it's understandable she'll be taking her time getting through the University of Florida.
The 18-year-old Gainesville resident took classes at Santa Fe through its dual-enrollment program. She received her associate degree at spring commencement, more than a month before participating in the Buchholz High School graduation. She'll be attending the University of Florida in the fall, where she plans to pursue a double major in biology and economics.
She said she wants to attend UF for a full four years, taking advantage of the benefits of a Lombardi and Stamps scholarship as well as enjoying the social aspects of college life.
"I want to get the full college experience," she said. "I feel like I missed out on a little bit in high school, so I don't want to miss out in college."