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Audrey Wikan wants to be part of an organization that makes her feel at home.

That is why Wikan, a UF business administration and political science freshman, said she wanted to interview for a Senate position with the Impact Party this semester — where she said she found a new home.

“I’ve felt very welcomed as a freshman to the party, and I’m really looking forward to making an impact on campus,” the 18-year-old said.

Impact and Inspire Party held interviews Sunday at the Reitz Union third floor for the Spring election. The parties will continue interviewing from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to decide who they want to run with them for Senate seats, said supervisor of elections Henry Fair, a 21-year-old UF political science junior.

Forty-four students filled out qualifying forms Sunday, with 25 interviewing with Impact Party, 18 with Inspire Party and one student filing independently, Fair said.

While there are seven parties registered for the spring election, only Impact and Inspire participated Sunday, Fair said.

Last semester, 33 students interviewed on the first day, 19 with Inspire Party and 14 with Impact Party. Last Spring, 41 students attended the opening interviews, one with Challenge Party, eight with Impact and 32 with Inspire.

Any student registered for classes at UF in good standing with the university can run, Fair said.

“I encourage anyone who is looking to get involved in Student Government to come out,” Fair said.