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Advice from Orientation Leaders

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.

kalin abernathy

Kalin Abernathy

Major: Economics and Finance

Home Town: St. Cloud, FL

To take everything in one at a time!  Enjoy your freshman year because you never get it again!  And participate in Orientation!!

gabby abramek

Gabby Abramek

Major: Nursing

Home Town: Cumberland, RI

Go to all the freshmen events, it's the best way to meet people!  Try and be on time to the first week of classes so you can get a good seat and just enjoy college while you can!!

abby almond

Abby Almond

Major: Theatre Arts

Home Town: Lithia, FL

College is the place where you can discover who you are and what brings you joy!  Don't worry about getting it all right as soon as you get here.

liv anderson

Liv Anderson

Major: Music Education

Home Town: Sayville, NY

Come with an open mind!

steven badorf

Steven Badorf

Major: Communication: Advertising and Public Relations, Business Administration

Home Town: Amelia Island, FL

Come in with an open mind and take advantage of all the resources you have here on campus.  Everyone at FSC wants to make sure that your transition to college is as smooth as possible, so don't be afraid to meet new people and ask questions!  Orientation is a great time to form connections with people that will last far into the future.

connor bligh

Connor Bligh

Major: Business Administration, Economics and Finance

Home Town: Naples, FL

Get involved!  It's an easy way to make new friends that have similar interests.

avery cooksey

Avery Cooksey

Major: Art History: Museum Studies and Business Administration

Home Town: St. Augustine, FL

Enjoy your time as a Florida Southern student!  Time goes by so fast, and you only get 4 years here.  Be involved and don't be afraid to meet new people!

kenzie council

Kenzie Council

Major: Communication: Multimedia Journalism

Home Town: Ruskin, FL

My advice would be to get involved with campus activities.  It is so easy to get involved and there are so many fun things to do here, especially within your major!!

zach covell

Zach Covell

Major: Theatre Arts: Performance

Home Town: Cape Cod , MA

Once you have your schedule down, push yourself into things, especially with all the opportunities on campus.  College is a time for growth, so really try and find a new skill, hobby, or job.  FSC has a lot to offer, but so does Lakeland, so look for options (it's also a great way to meet new people)!

mary elizabeth craine

Mary Elizabeth Craine

Major: English: Writing

Home Town: Orlando , FL

Get involved in any campus organization or activity that interests you!  There is something for everyone, and it will make your experience so much more meaningful.  It's also a really great way to meet people with similar goals and interests!

carmen curnell

Carmen Curnell

Major: Nursing

Home Town: Allen Park , MI

Come in with an open mind.  Florida Southern is a place where you will grow in so many areas and learn who you are.  This place is amazing!

delaney flowers

Delaney Flowers

Major: Secondary Education: Social Science

Home Town: Plant City, FL

Get involved and find your place on campus!  Florida Southern has so much to offer.  Whether it's clubs, Greek life, career services, or fun activities there's something for everyone!

anika francisco

Anika Francisco

Major: Elementary Education

Home Town: Denville, NJ

Keep an open mind and get involved!  You never know where it will take you.

linlee franklin

Linlee Franklin

Major: Communication: Interpersonal and Organization

Home Town: Tallahassee , FL

Take a deep breath, don't lose your perspective, and enjoy it while it lasts because it flies by. 

morgan giberti

Morgan Giberti

Major: Nursing

Home Town: Gainesville, FL

Get out of your comfort zone, Mocs!  College is such a good opportunity for you to meet your lifetime friends and make such great memories!

emily giddens

Emily Giddens

Major: Business Administration, Political Science

Home Town: Lakeland, FL

Don't sweat the small stuff!  College is a 4 year experience and what seems like a big deal one day will be something to laugh about down the road.  Just remember to keep a positive attitude and everything will work itself out. :)

mary gravius

Mary Gravius

Major: Nursing

Home Town: Tallahassee, FL

Don’t be afraid to post on social media and start group chats to get to know others in the FSC Class of ’24!  FSC is a friendly, welcoming campus so don’t be afraid to talk to other students or professors.

ben greenman

Ben Greenman

Major: Business Administration

Home Town: St. Louis, MO

As you make your way to campus in the fall, who knows what that is going to look like.  It's important to come in with an open mind and try to meet as many people as possible, so you can learn where you want to be involved on campus!

brayden lacefield

Brayden Lacefield

Major: Political Science

Home Town: Greenville, KY

Florida Southern is a "create you own adventure" kind of college.  Don't hesitiate to get involved with your major and organization on campus.   You deserve to be here!

bella lamb

Bella Lamb

Major: Religion

Home Town: Longwood, FL

You get out of FSC what you put in to it!  You will receive countless opportunities for involvement, so the important thing to remember is to find the club, group, or organization that feels like HOME to you.

hannah luciano

Hannah Luciano

Major: Business Administration

Home Town: Sebring, FL

Don't be afraid to try new things and do as much as possible at FSC with the tiem you have here!  College is all about making memories as you discover yourself, so while classes are the first priority, getting involved around campus really helps shape who you are in fun, creative ways!

reese matonis

Reese Matonis

Major: Marketing and Communication

Home Town: Green Township, NJ

College is the perfect time to reinvent yourself and become who you've always wanted to be. Make sure to surround yourself with people who lift you up and help you grow, I promise they're out there! I know it can seem quite daunting, but making these connections with your fellow students will make Your college experience something super special!

ariel molinaro

Ariel Molinaro

Major: Multimedia Journalism, Sports Communications, and Marketing

Home Town: Fort Myers, FL

Dare to step out of your comfort zone during this new experience and make a habit of trying new things.

allison naglieri

Allison Naglieri

Major: Elementary Education

Home Town: Parkfield, MD

Get as involved as possible!  Join a club, get to know the students in your hall and classes!  You only get one college experience, make the most of it!

shawn o'brien

Shawn O'Brien

Major: Biology

Home Town: Port Orange, FL

Go to every event!  Event if you don't think you'll enjoy it, you might be surprised!   You never know who you'll meet.

celeste rosendale

Celeste Rosendale

Major: Computer Science: Web & Cloud Computing

Home Town: Copperas Cove, TX

Be open minded!  I know arriving to college can seem daunting at first, but this is your time to find yourself and figure out who you truly want to be.  There are amazing opportunities around every corner.

rachel sanelli

Rachel Sanelli

Major: Business Administration

Home Town: Palm Beach, FL

Especially in those first few days of Orientation, don't be afraid to go to the events and meet new people, even if it seems overwhelming.  One of my best friends and roommates was someone I met during Orientation and it was during Glod in the Dark dodgeball that we go so close.

kaitlyn scirica

Kaitlyn Scirica

Major: Accounting

Home Town: Bradenton, FL

Jump right in and get involved!  Getting involved is a great way to make friends and create so many new experiences!

dante sheerin

Dante Sheerin

Major: Criminology, Psychology

Home Town: Attleboro, MA

Be open to all the changes that will be occurring as you adjust to campus life and get involved in as many clubs and organizations as you can.  It is the best way to make new friends!

abby smith

Abby Smith

Major: Marine Biology

Home Town: Brevard, NC

Never be afraid to ask for help!  Take advantage of FSC resources when you need it.  That's what makes the Florida Southern community so special!

giselle soto

Giselle Soto

Major: Biology

Home Town: Lehigh Acres, FL

Be Yourself and you will find your place at Florida Southern in no time!  Don't stress about balancing school and a social life, as there is a right time for everything!

christopher valentino

Christopher Valentino

Major: Film

Home Town: Hilton Head Island, SC

Don't be afraid to be yourself.  Florida Southern is a community where you will always be prided on being yourself.

kayla whisenant

Kayla Whisenant

Major: Exercise Science

Home Town: Oviedo, FL

Get involved in campus activities and events.  Be ready to meet new people and make college memories!

jack wilkens

Jack Wilkens

Major: Psychology

Home Town: Sayville, NY

Don't be afraid to jump in and try and make some friends!  There are plenty of ways to get involved across campus, and everyone is super welcoming and friendly.  The best advice I could give is to find ways to get involved and really be a part of the fun and engaging FSC community.

anna lyons

Anna Lyons

Major: Chemistry

Home Town: Indianapolis, IN

Study hard, take breaks, and remember that your mental health is just as important as your grades.

brianna reynolds

Brianna Reynolds

Major: Exercise Science and Spanish

Home Town: Milford, DE

Put yourself out there and step out of your comfort zone.  College is what you make it, you get out what you put in!

Olivia Anderson

Olivia Anderson

Major: Psychology

Home Town: Hastings, MN

While everything may seem overwhelming at first, you are home.  It may take a little time to settle in, but everyone in the FSC community is so happy for you to be here and very excited to officially call you a Moc!

Jordyn Bell

Jordyn Bell

Major: Nursing

Home Town: Tampa, FL

Stay focused and organized.  It won't be as hard as you think and the students and faculty are super nice and helpful.

Tori Botticello

Tori Botticello

Major: Accounting

Home Town: Grand Island, NY

Don't stress too much.  These will be the best years of your life!  Just get involved as much as possible and always try your best.

Brooke Bower

Brooke Bower

Major: Citrus and Horticulture Science and Business Administration

Home Town: Haines City, FL

Break out of your comfort zone!  Getting involved on campus will help make your college experience so much better.  Joining organizations on campus has made me happier and pushed me to do better in my academics as well.

Bri Boyer

Bri Broyer

Major: Theatre Arts

Home Town: Crossville, TN

Make at least one friend in every class you're in!  That way you're starting to make a community here on campus and if you're every confused about homework you have someone to work with!

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Major: Nursing

Home Town: Estero, FL

Don't be afraid of the unknown!  This is going to be an amazing next 4 years for you!

Rachel Carter

Rachel Carter

Major: Exercise Science

Home Town: Lithia, FL

Come into this semester with an open mind and don't be afraid to get involved with as much as you can on campus!  This is a great way to meet new people and gain experiences!  Know that everyone was new here once as well and we are all so excited for you to be here and are happy to help you in any way and make your transition here as comfortable as possible.

Ibraheem Cazalas

Ibraheem Cazalas

Major: Computer Science and Pre-Med

Have fun!  Do realize that everyone around you is either in the same boat as you or has been there before.  While moving onto a new campus can be a bit intimidating, the best thing you can do is step out of your comfort zone and make some friends!

Adalene Collier

Adalene Collier

Major: Business Administration

Home Town: Lakeland, FL

Have fun and be yourself!  Also try to do as much as you can on campus!

Mackenzie Cosgrove

Mackenzie Cosgrove

Major: Elementary Education

Home Town: St. Augustine, FL

Put yourself out there!  Try new things and don't worry about what other people think - everyone is in the same boat as you, trying to find their way.

Zachary Davenport

Zachary Davenport

Major: Business Administration

Home Town: Naples, FL

Get involved with anything on campus.  Stay positive during classes even if you are having a hard time.  You may change your mind on your major and that is okay.

Samantha Dehring

Samantha Dehring

Major: Economics and Finance

Home Town: Pembroke Pines, FL

Get involved!  Getting involved could be building relationships with your professors, exploring interesting campus clubs, or attending fun FSC events.  Maying connections is the best way to feel at home!

Andrew den Boggende

Andrew den Boggende

Major: Finance and Economics and Art History: Museum Studies

Home Town: Brandenton, FL

If you enjoy something or have a good idea - chase after it.  Make the most of your time at FSC and don't let other people's opinions limit you.

Zachary D'Onofrio

Zachary D'Onofrio

Major: Music Management

Home Town: Wesley Chapel, FL

Have an open mind to doing new things!  Don't be hesitant and just enjoy every second because these college years will fly by and you will look back and think "wow I should have enjoyed that time more!"  So, don't have any regrets!

Gretchen Faraci

Gretchen Faraci

Major: Environmental Studies and Marine Biology

Home Town: Minneola, FL

Don't be afraid of putting yourself out there early on.  Everyone is so welcoming at FSC and you truly do have the opportunity to get involved and become a part of may incredible organizations right away!

Ryan Foley

Ryan Foley

Major: Secondary Education: Social Science

Home Town: Orlando, FL

Make the most of your time here.  Try new things, go out to events, get involved!  The more you put into the school, the more you are gonna get out of it.

Katie Gundersen

Katie Gundersen

Major: Marketing

Home Town: Plantsville, CT

Don't be afraid to ask questions about things going on on campus!  Learn about all FSC has to offer and get involved!  Make the most out of your 4 years through the people you meet and the experiences y ou will get to enjoy!

Lauren Hamner

Lauren Hamner

Major: Nursing

Home Town: Jacksonville, FL

Don't be afraid to put yourself outthere.  It may take a while, but eventually you'll find your friends and make plenty of memories.  It may be hard, but find joy in the little moments.

Jill Kinstler

Jill Kinstler

Major: Biology

Home Town: Naples, FL

Become as involved as possible in organizations on campus. Study and work hard, but also make time to have fun and be social!  One tip that helps me with everything in life is to remember that everything happens for a reason.

Emily Kujan

Emily Kujan

Major: Elementary Education

Home Town: Erie, PA

Get involved in some of our clubs or organizations.  There is so much for you to do on campus that will help ease your transition into college life at FSC!

Morgan MacMillan

Morgan MacMillan

Major: Business Administration

Home Town: Kansas City, MO

Don't be afraid to reach out to new people and make new friends!  Go into everything with a positive mindset!  Join anything and everything, find something your interested in and go for it!

Rowan Marshall

Rowan Marshall

Major: Environmental Studies and Marine Biology

Home Town: Chapel Hill, NC

Be open to new experiences!  It takes some courage, but try out new things as much as you can because it allows you to learn more about yourself and what you want out of your time in college.

Natalie McGinnis

Natalie McGinnis

Major: Environmental Studies

Home Town: Gilbertsville, PA

Though it may sound cliché, make sure to get involved.  The memories you make will last a lifetime!

Andrea Migliorato

Andrea Migliorato

Major: Biology

Home Town: Winter Park, FL

The undercaf has the best lunch!  Try new things and talk to new people!  Be nice to the TuTu's employees!

Morgan Misenar

Morgan Misenar

Major: Biology

Home Town: Johnson City, TN

Get involved on campus and really have fun with your college experience.  FSC is the best play to be without a doubt and you are looking towards some of the best years of your life!

Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen

Major: Biology

Home Town: St. Augustine, FL

Don't be afraid to talk to random people, go to club meetings you wouldn't normally go to, or try anything new!  College gives you so much opportunity to grow as a person!  Take those opportunities!

Lanie Orrill

Lanie Orrill

Major: Exercise Science

Home Town: Panama City, FL

Make and effort to have a relationship with your professors.  Be yourself and embrace your time here at Florida Southern!

Rhianna Revicki

Rhianna Revicki

Major: Business Administration

Home Town: Sarasota, FL

Don't be shy when introducing yourself and meet as many people as possible because as I have learned, everyone at this school knows each other.  By branching out to new people inside and outside of your major, you can gain new knowledge and lifelong friends. 

Cassidy Schmidt

Cassidy Schmidt

Major: Communication: Multimedia Journalism and Business Administration

Home Town: Parrish, FL

Jump right in and get involved!  Getting involved is a great way to make friends and create so many new experiences!

Jonathan Sellas

Jonathan Sellas

Major: Biology

Home Town: Naples, FL

Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things!  College is the best time to find out  more about yourself and that can only be done through experience.

Raegan Taylor

Raegan Taylor

Major: Business Administration

Home Town: Plant City, FL

Reach out and make new friends!  Everyone wants to make new friends just as much as your do and the best way is to just smile and start with "Hi"!

Craig van den Berg

Craig van den Berg

Major: Marketing

Home Town: Pretoria,

Be open to new experiences and ideas.  There are many people who you are about to meet who have seen and done things you didn't even know existed.  Take the opportunity to expand your viewpoint and have fun!

Cameron Webb

Cameron Webb

Major: Accounting and Business Administration

Home Town: Orlando, FL

Embrace your residential community and get to know your neighbors. Try to get involved in clubs ,and definitely go to Blast Off and Relaunch. Don't be afraid to meet new people since everyone is new!

Taylor Wheeler

Taylor Wheeler

Major: Psychology and Pre-Med

Home Town: Windermere, FL

Get involved in anything you're passionate about in your first year!  It's the best way to ensure a smooth transition to college and to meet lifelong friends.