Guest blogger, Veronica Cuetos clues us in on why she chose the Noles!
1. School spirit
As a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, I had some high expectations when it came to choosing a university that could fill the shoes of such a proud and dignified school. Thankfully, Florida is full of spirited schools, but only one stood out. Florida State had just won the NCAA National Championship in 2014 and they do not let you forget it. While touring the school, the school spirit was almost tangible. Everywhere you turned kids were repping things from school shirts and backpacks to pins and socks. Game days are on a whole other level; these kids quite literally bleed garnet and gold and some just love rolling themselves in glitter to make an even more obvious statement. We may not have won this championship but we still love being Noles.
2. Greek life
Growing up I was raised listening to my stepmom’s stories of her time as a Zeta at FSU, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. She would tell me how she found her current best friend in Zeta and how she still has connections to this day with other Panhellenic women. She spoke of all the money she helped raise for Race to Live and Crown Classic and how she supported other sororities and fraternities with their philanthropies. Thankfully the sisters at Zeta also thought I have what it takes to be crowned and now my composite hangs on the same wall as my stepmother’s.
Coming from such a small and close-knit school as St. Thomas, community means a great deal to me. While visiting FSU, you could see how much these students cared for each other, even if most of them were strangers. The atmosphere was and is so welcoming, people are basically frolicking and playing together on Landis Green and if you tell anyone you are a new student, they will make sure you have a good time. Our strength as a community was tested in November of 2014 when a shooter attacked Strozier library and injured three people. Florida State came together with an overwhelming force, holding vigils, raising money and showing the world that our community is not easily broken.
I am proud to be a Florida State Seminole and I know you will be too!