By Abby Cloud
Many can recall how daunting attending a new school can be, whether it be kindergarten, middle school, or high school. College isn’t any different. It’s difficult to make the transition into college because you’re leaving your closest friends, parents, and old hobbies back in your hometown. If you’re attending Florida State University, finding your niche in this vast campus can be easy—even easier than deciding whether or not to take an 8 a.m. class. Here’s a list of some unique opportunities FSU offers their students.
Homecoming — FSU’s Homecoming committee is a group of students in charge of organizing events for Florida State students and the community alike. General and Assistant Director applications are released in December or January, while Executive Council positions are chosen through an application/interview process in the spring. Visit the FSU Homecoming website for more information.
Relay for Life — At FSU, Relay for Life works to bring students, faculty, and organizations together in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Applications to be on the board of directors and executive committee come out in the spring semester, and applications for team ambassadors, celebration leaders, and freshman leadership positions are available in the fall. Check out their Facebook page or Instagram for more information.
Orientation Leaders — You too could sport the famous garnet and gold striped polos and introduce students to campus at orientation. For this position, you must attend an information session in the fall and have at least 12 credit hours with FSU by time of application submission. To view the application and information session dates, visit their site.
Dance Marathon — Dance Marathon, or DM, at FSU is a part of Children’s Miracle Network nationwide movement. This organization fundraises in order to raise money for Shands Children’s Hospital and Outreach Programs with the College of Medicine. To get involved as a dancer, you can join Dance Marathon during the two-week period of dancer sign-ups in the fall and spring. To join the internal team, you can apply to be a captain at the start of the fall semester. Applications for management board, executive board, coordinators and delegates are available in spring.
The Flying High Circus — Your parents and friends won’t believe that you ran away (read: left for college) and joined the circus. Previous experience isn’t required in order to partake in the fun at FSU’s Flying High Circus. Each fall, new students are accepted with a variety of performing and behind-the-scenes opportunities. You can find more information here about auditions and expectations of the cast and crew.
WVFS — Also known as V89 and “The Voice of Florida State,” FSU’s only radio station begun in about 1987. Students can get involved with WVFS with no experience necessary. The “Cattle Call” for recruits is advertised in the first week of the fall and spring semesters, and during April for the summer. More information about this radio station, including its departments and what you can get involved with, can be found on their website.
The Big Event — This unique volunteer opportunity is the “largest, one-day, student-run service projects in the nation.” The Big Event promotes student, faculty, and community unity at FSU, TCC, and FAMU in order to express gratitude by giving back to the community. Applications for executive director and executive board are available during the spring. In the fall, keep an eye out for committee applications. To stay updated, follow The Big Event on Instagram or like their Facebook page.