It can certainly be argued that Florida State makes an effort for its students to be culturally involved, whether its through its academics or the several different programs and events offered throughout the semester. No matter your personality, there are multiple ways to explore a variety of cultures at FSU, even if it’s simply by taking a language class for a semester or two. For those who are more interested in becoming extremely involved, here are some suggestions:
First Year Abroad: Florida State strongly encourages students to study abroad, especially out-of-state students. If an incoming out of state freshman studies abroad for their entire first year, they will receive in-state tuition for the remainder of college, which is a huge plus for those paying full price out-of-state tuition. It also is an amazing experience that students should take advantage of if they are passionate about traveling. The few students I spoke to that studied abroad their first year have claimed it was the best of their college experience yet since they were able to completely immerse themselves in another culture.
Academic Classes: Several international classes are offered as general electives to students, which are always good to take senior year when trying to fill your schedule. Additionally, there are many unique language classes offered, such as Chinese, Japanese, French, and so on, which are surprisingly popular here at FSU. This coming semester, I am registered to take an International Food and Culture course as a general elective.
The School of Theatre is huge at Florida State and one of the most popular majors at the university, as it certainly works to highlight diversity. The arts program holds multiple dance and theatre performances throughout the year, in which talented students of different backgrounds perform over 500 times. The College of Fine Arts every year hosts the Paint Around Gala Auction, which is an event held in order to support Art and Dance Education at FSU. Jazz music is played throughout the event and students paint at their canvases while students mingle. The event raises thousands of dollars that goes towards scholarships in art and dance for the FSU community.
Greek Life: There are tons of sororities and fraternities to choose from at Florida State. Students are given the opportunity to become involved with a diverse group and learn about one another through common interests. It certainly is one of the best ways to become culturally involved at FSU, especially with all of the community work that these organizations do.
The Center for Global Engagement is offered at FSU in order to allow the students to become more globally engaged and communicate across different cultures. Held in the Globe building on campus, different events are offered throughout the year in order to increase global awareness.
It’s exceptionally important that large and diverse universities, such as Florida State, are culturally involved since there are so many students attending at once. With all of these events and programs to consider, there is something for every student at FSU to take advantage of.