here. Stop the browsing and the fretting and the
comparison shopping and go here already.
I was all set
to go to Columbia (NY) after attending a DC-area high
school, but the financial side just didn't line up.
As I was sifting through the mountain of financial aid
mail, a letter from Florida State appeared - an “E-Z
Application” with a grand total of five blanks.
The attitude was terrific: laid-back and fun, yet focused on
getting results quickly and efficiently. Having never even seen
the place, I decided to play a wild card and
go to Florida State. I loved every last minute
Whether you're a scholar or a social butterfly,
there's plenty to do here. And as the state
capitol, it has an active political and legal culture for
aspirants in either field.
The school may be
a change if people aren't your thing - it's big
and bold, with 34,000 Seminoles and a fierce sense of
school spirit. But it's a great college experience, and
isn't A) swallowed by a large city that surrounds it
or B) in the middle of absolutely nothing.
size, the school really allows you to be yourself.
For all the partying, Greeks only account for roughly 9%
of students, and the variety of activities is admirable.
We even have a local symphony orchestra, which is unheard
of for a city of only 500,000 people. And
they're pretty good.
Negatives: The parking just plain sucks.
Do not live off-campus your freshman year. More garages
are being built and road are being rerouted, but expect
a few years before those changes bear fruit.
other fault is the temptation not to work: postcard weather,
party-hearty students, and the most jaw-droppingly beautiful women this side
of your imagination. And they are everywhere. E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E.
I once left for a week to speak at
a press conference at Harvard, and the joy nearly drained
out of my life.
If you need a taskmaster over
your shoulder, then maybe somewhere more strident is appropriate.
But even then, I'd recommend coming here and just getting
As for campus life, the variety
of people is pretty good - there's historically-black FAMU right
down the road, and lots of Hispanic students from elsewhere
in Florida, but almost zero Asian population - and the
local Chinese food suffers accordingly. Being from Northern VA,
having no Asian people weirded me out.
FSU will not
leap off your resumé, but it'll leave a smile on
your face, a few bucks in your wallet, and -
if you resist temptation just enough - an education in
Who could ask for anything more?
E-mail me if you have any questions!