Connect with your orientation leader. Orientation Leaders are an integral part of the new student orientation program. As part of a team of students, Orientation Leaders help new freshmen and transfer students form connections and transition into the FSC community. Orientation Leaders are students who simply love FSC and are excited to welcome new students to campus.
Major: Psychology and Business Administration
Home Town: Hastings, MN
A new-to-Lakeland must is checking out the farmer's market on Saturday's!
Major: Marine Biology
Home Town: Portland, OR
Major: Sports Communications and Marketing
Home Town: East Quogue, NY
I think each new student should at least take a look at the greek life process. When i got here I did not think I was going to get involved in greek life but it has been awesome so far!
Major: Economics and Philosophy
Home Town: Hudson, FL
Every student should visit the Wellness Center and waterfront on Lake Hollingsworth. They offer so many fun activities and always have something going on!
Home Town: Morgan Hill, CA
Attend every event going on no matter if you know people or not going to the event. It’s fun to be able to make friends with people you would never assume you would be friends with.
Major: Nursing and Psychology
Home Town: Tampa, FL
Go to the events and have fun!
Major: Marine Biology and Psychology
Home Town: Harrisburg, NC
Explore Lakeland! This is your home now, it's beautiful with so many things to offer and its important to make the most of it for the next 4 years!
Major: Marine Biology and Environmental Studies
Home Town: Palm Coast, FL
Every new student should go to Blast Off and sign up for any clubs and organizations that interest them! It's a great way to form great connections and friendships with a group of people with similar interests as you!
Major: Marketing and Religion
Home Town: Spring Hill, FL
I highly encourage every new student to attend any of the programs put on by their residence hall/resident advisor! They are really great ways to build community and de-stress!
Home Town: Pembroke Pines, FL
1. Go to southern takeover 2. Go to big ACE events 3. Go to workout classes at the gym 4. Join a Discover Florida event 5. Enjoy the school's farmers market. I think that these can help the incoming students make new friends and become more comfortable in their new home.
Major: Marine Biology and Spanish
Home Town: Green Cove Springs, FL
Definitely make sure that you eat at the Joinery (the ramen place is my favorite!), walk the lake, go to the farmers market, attend a sporting game, and attend some of the Discover Florida trips!
Major: Applied Mathematics and Physics
Home Town: Naples, FL
Go out for many clubs try our wellness center options along with the moc dock. Come to ACE and southern takeover.
Major: Computer Science
Home Town: Lakeland, FL
You should apply to become an Orientation Leader! OL's are the welcoming figures that help to make the transition to college a breeze, and participating in the Orientation Leader program is a fantastic way to meet new people, expand your horizons, and improve your leadership and communication skills!
Major: Art History & Museum Studies and Business Administration
Home Town: St. Augustine, FL
Try to get as involved on campus as possible! It’s the best way to make new friends and professional connections.
Major: Elementary Education and Psychology
Home Town: Cornwall, NY
Try new things! You never know who you'll meet or what new interest you might find!
Major: Biology in Secondary Education
Home Town: West Branch, MI
Blast off was my favorite event as an incoming freshman! It's a great way to get to know people fast and get involved on campus!
Major: Nursing and Spanish
Home Town: New Port Richey, FL
I think that every student should attend Southern Takeover, the performances I’ve been to have created lasting memories that I will cherish forever! The food trucks, songs and awesome souvenirs always make it 10 times better!
Major: Music Management and Business Administration
Find Carrot the cat, Go to the Wellness Center, Attend ALL events, join clubs/ organizations, and overall make sure to go to classes!
Major: Business Administration
New students should see a studio box show, run or walk the lake at sunset, swim in the meditation pool, try the rock wall in the gym and get involved at blast off.
Major: Accounting and Psychology
My most valuable recommendation to new Florida Southern student is to explore student organizations! Going to blast off, joining clubs that fit your interests, or trying something new are great ways to build your FSC community!
Major: Art History & Museum Studies and Economics
Home Town: Bradenton, FL
1. Be sure to go out and meet new people within the first week, especially those in your dorm.
2. Join a bunch of clubs you're interested in your first few weeks, then drop the ones you don't like. Don't seriously participate in more than three - you will burn yourself out.
3. Make the most of your time here. If you are interested in something (whether that be classes, internships, clubs, fraternities/sororities, athletic teams, etc.) do not be afraid to ask questions. You will get back from your college experience what you put into it. Everything is there for the taking, you just have to pursue it.
4. Go to the beach with your friends at least once a semester. Doesn't matter what beach, just go.
Major: International Business and Health Management
Home Town: Myrtle Beach, SC
Discover florida trips
Home Town: Tolland, CT
The top thing that I think new students should get involved in for their first year of campus would be to go to all of the Florida Southern Sporting and ACE Events. These are a great way to enjoy a nice day, discover new hobbies, and make new friends.
Home Town: Castle Rock, CO
Compliment a fellow student! You never know if a compliment to the necklace they are wearing is going to lead to them becoming one of your best friends!
Major: Environmental Studies and Marine Biology
Home Town: Minneola, FL
Every student should attend Blastoff during weeks of welcome! Getting to see every club and organization in one place during your first few days on campus is such an eye opening and immersive experience.
Home Town: Jacksonville, FL
1. southern takeover
2. Explore downtown lakeland
3. Go to blast off
4. Talk to your orientation group
5. Check out the Simmons Center
Major: Secondary Education
Home Town: Bedford, NH
Attend Blastoff and find a club or organization to get involved in. FSC is a lot more fun when you get involved in any form!
Major: Elementary Education and Women and Gender Studies
Home Town: Denville, NJ
Be yourself, have fun, and step out of your comfort zone!
Major: Criminology and Pre-law
Home Town: Fort Myers, FL
I think every new student should try out all the included facilities on campus! There’s so much offered at FSC that will get you the most out of your college experience, such as the student counseling center, wellness center, and the Career center.
Major: Nursing and Mathematics
Home Town: Tallahassee, FL
Every new student at FSC should attend Blastoff / Relaunch and other open meetings on campus the first few weeks of the semester! It's a great way to meet other people who are interested in connecting.
Home Town: Southington, CT
Every new student should attend Blast Off and Relaunch to learn about all of the new organizations that FSC has to offer. The best way to get acclimated to this new stage of life is to get involved!
Major: Nursing and Accounting
Don't be afraid to get involved in campus, both within and outside of your major. Making friends in a new place can seem difficult, but challenging yourself can lead to new opportunities!
Home Town: Toms River, NJ
Go through recruitment! Even if you don’t plan on joining a sorority or fraternity, it’s a great way to meet new friends and make connections!
Major: Graphic Design, Film, Art History
Home Town: Grenada,
Try to go to as many events as possible! I know it may seem scary, but it's a great way to meet people, make new friends and get free MOC gear!!
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Always remember you need to witness the bad days to be able to acknowledge the good days.
Home Town: Joliet, IL
Get as involved as you can! College is about making memories and trying new things so having the opportunity to join different organizations and clubs will help shape your college experience!
Major: Business Administration and Marketing
Home Town: Charleston, SC
Get to know all the Organization and clubs FSC has to offer. A great way to do this is by going to Blast off.
Major: Elementary Education
Home Town: Cincinnati, OH
Visit the downtown Farmers Market! There is yummy food, fresh produce, and it’s a great way to connect with the local community.
Major: Biology (Pre-Med Track) and Exercise Science
Home Town: Puerto Rico,
One of the top 5 things I think a new student should do on their first year at FSC would be to walk or skate around the lake. It's a great place to destress from school, walk around with friends and also enjoy the beauty that nature offers us :)
Major: Business Administration, Marketing, and Accounting
Home Town: Kansas City, MO
Major: Communications and Marketing
Home Town: Green Township, NJ
Explore campus, even buildings you don't have classes in! Say hi to people on the way to class!
Home Town: Orlando, FL
A new student should try to try something new as often as possible. Stepping out of your comfort zone (in a safe way), could lead to meeting new people and having new experiences.
Major: Marine Biology, Environmental Studies, Business Administration, Pre-Law
Home Town: Gilbertsville, PA
Get to know those professors! They’re a great resource!
Major: Biology and Exercise Science
Home Town: Johnson City, TN
During your first year I highly suggest going to Farewell Fest & Southern Takeover! They are the best events on campus!
Home Town: Oregon, IL
Discover Florida trips! As an out of state student, one of my favorite things about Florida Southern is the discover florida program.
Major: Elementary Education, Psychology, and Theatre
Home Town: Baltimore, MD
I always recommend new students to attend Blast Off first and foremost! I would also encourage them to check out Discover Florida Trips as It is a great way to go on adventures with new friends, especially if you do not have a car!
Major: Exercise Science and Biology
Home Town: Panama City Beach, FL
I encourage each incoming student to join at least one club during their first year! Getting involved helps make the transition away from home so much easier!
Major: Elementary Education and Spanish
During your first year at FSC, you should make sure to enjoy all the events that campus has to offer, such as the winter wonderland.
Home Town: North Port, FL
Go to a studio box show. They are super fun and a nice end to the first week.
Home Town: Newberry, FL
1. Go to studio box 2. Join clubs 3. Study 4. FSC activities 5. Go to the pool
Home Town: Brandon, FL
1) Attend Blastoff
2) Tour Campus
4) Make friends through study groups; major required classes
5) Attend on campus activities to interact with others
Major: Marine Biology (Pre-Vet Track) and Psychology
Home Town: Hilton Head Island, SC
Top things to do on campus would be wellness center (including rock climbing, kayaking, pool etc), ACE events, and on campus food places. Top things to do off campus would include downtown Lakeland and The joinery
Major: Business Administration and Pre-Health
Home Town: Flemington, NJ
get happy place!!! that is the best barbque!
Major: Exercise Science and Spanish
Home Town: Milford, DE
get involved in things that interest you !!
Home Town: Cocoa Beach, FL
Join a club and meet like-minded people!
Major: Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, Communications, and English
Home Town: Fridley, MN
Sit with someone you don't know in the dining hall and start a conversation- it's a super easy way to meet someone new, and they might turn out to be one of your best friends!
Major: Communications: Multimedia Journalism, Business Administration
Home Town: Parrish, FL
Jump in and get involved! Being involved is the best way to make friends and learn what’s going on around campus!
Major: Communications: Multimedia Journalism, Film, and Theatre Arts
Home Town: Perham, MN
Join a club or get involved on campus and get out and experience Lakeland!
Major: Accounting and Philosophy
Get involved and put yourself out there! You'll never know if you don't try!
Major: Music Performance, Psychology, Honors
Take some time for yourself and go to a concert, play, gym, club meeting, or anything to get your mind off school work for even 15 minutes each day.
Home Town: Paducah, KY
I think every first year student should definitely visit the beach! You are at college, experience it and as always HAVE FUN ! :)
Major: Graphic Design, Sports Management, Interdisciplinary Marketing Communication
Get to know orientation leader/group, understand the layout of the campus, get to know the Lakeland area, get to know your roommate, be excited for the college experience.
Major: Graphic Design, Film and Advertising Design
Home Town: Freeport, ME
Keep your door open during the first week of school to welcome people in and start making connections, and get involved in clubs, intramural and organizations on campus to make new friends.
Major: Psychology and Religion
Home Town: Murfreesboro, TN
Every student should attend studio box, go to blast off, join a team intramural or competitive, go to the winter wonderland, and get photos with Mocsie!
Home Town: Pretoria, South Africa,
Get involved! I highly encourage every new student to join at least one club or student lead organization.
Major: Exercise Science
Home Town: Nazareth , PA
Go through Greek Life Recruitment, watch a sport game, get a job, play an intramural sport, join a study group.
Major: Chemistry and Spanish
Home Town: Nassau, Bahamas,
One of my favorite things to do here is simply sit on a bench and rewind. Freshman year is a very active one and sometimes you just need to take time to be by yourself.
Major: Psychology, Criminology, and English
Home Town: Windermere, FL
Get involved with organizations as soon as you come to campus! Being involved right when you arrive on campus makes your transition so much easier.
Major: Integrative Biology
Home Town: Arvada, CO
I recommend going to the farmers market in downtown lakeland on saturdays!!
Home Town: Oviedo, FL
Get ready to make new memories and make lifelong friends!
Major: Music: Performance, Political Science, and Pre-Law Studies
Home Town: Chicago, IL
Major: Communications (Ad & PR and Media strategies & production
Home Town: Dacula, GA
I would tell them to try anything new that interests them before their classes start to pick up. It's very easy to stay in your comfort zone, especially in such a new environment, but trying new things not only gets you new friends, it also helps you learn more about yourself.