The FSU Freshman Perspective

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College is something many of us look forward to while still in high school. We’ve seen enough movies and TV shows about college to know exactly what to expect. We’ll meet our new best friends at orientation or in our residence halls, attend a few parties and make some of the best memories of our lives while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. College is great, and these will definitely be four of the most memorable years of your life, but unfortunately, it isn’t all Pitch Perfect. Eventually, we learn that some things in college live up to the hype while others don’t always go the way we expect them to. Occasionally the struggle gets a little too real and suddenly you’re proud of yourself for doing little things like wearing something other than gym shorts and a t-shirt to class. But then there are days where it only takes five minutes to find a parking spot or you absolutely crush an exam or presentation and you appreciate being able to have the college experience even more. With the semester ending in a few weeks, I decided to interview one of my friends about her first year at FSU.

Name: Tyler Burnett

Hometown: Madison, Florida

Year: Freshman

Major: Communication Science and Disorders

Minor: Child Development

Courtesy: Tyler Burnett

Her Campus (HC): Why’d you choose FSU?

Tyler Burnett (TB): I chose FSU because it was the school I grew up going to, whether it be for games or just stopping by whenever we were in town. It’s also close to home.

HC: What’s the biggest difference between high school and college?

TB: The biggest difference between college and high school for me is the level of freedom and responsibility.

HC: What’s something that you think every FSU student should do before they graduate?

TB: I think every FSU student should go to at least one football game before they graduate even if they’re not big on football, just because our sports teams are a big deal here, football in particular. Going to a game and being able to feel the energy in the stadium and saying to yourself, “This is my school” is a pretty great feeling.

HC: How have your study habits changed since high school?

TB: My study habits have changed a lot since high school because now I dedicate a lot more time to studying than I used to.

HC: Where’s your favorite place to eat in Tallahassee?

TB: My favorite place to eat at in Tallahassee is Gordo’s, for sure.

HC: If you could go back in time to the first day of school what advice would you give yourself?

TB: If I could go back in time to the first day of school I would just tell myself that it’s okay if things don’t go the way you plan them to because they’re more than likely not going to.

HC: You have awesome taste in music. Who are some artists that you’re listening to at the moment?

TB: Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Daniel Caesar, Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator, Rex Orange County, and Roy Blair.

HC: What advice would you give incoming freshmen?

TB: Advice I would give to incoming freshmen would be to prioritize your academics but remember to have fun in the process. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to people in your classes or plan study groups. That’s the easiest way to make friends.

HC: What do you like to do in your free time?

TB: In my free time I honestly just like to watch YouTube and Netflix or go shopping depending on if I have money or not.

HC: Do you have a favorite memory from this year that you’d like to share? 

TB: I don’t have a specific memory from this year, but all of my favorite memories involve getting food with friends and then trying to have a game night.