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Lianna Farnesi


Degree: Bachelor of Science in Communications

College/School: College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts

A Miami native, Lianna Farnesi attended FIU on an athletic scholarship. As a member of FIU’s cross country and track programs, she juggled 6 a.m. practices, weight room sessions and an extensive racing schedule, along with working part-time, extracurricular activities, academic responsibilities and her aspiration to one day attend law school.

In her first Honors College course, the words of her professor Anthony Rionda had an impact: “Think big! You have to know what you want!”

Inspired, Lianna accepted her first internship with a Florida State senator. Since then, Lianna has worked numerous political campaigns and accepted internships at the local, state and federal levels.

Her freshman year, Lianna was selected as the team captain for cross country and has been honored for leading the team in both community service and academic progress. She was selected as student-athlete of the month twice by her professors and served as vice president of the Student-Athlete Leadership Council.

Lianna also held several positions in FIU’s Student Government Association. Ultimately, Lianna knew where her ambitions lay - she stayed true to Rionda’s words and has continued to “think big. 

Lianna just completed an internship with FIU in D.C and conducted an advanced research project focused on the retainment and recruitment of women in Congress – while taking five classes and preparing for the LSAT. 

Upon graduation, Lianna will head back to Washington to complete an internship with the Heritage Foundation, before entering law school.

By Alyse Mier
Junior Public Relations Associate, Office of Media Relations