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FSU welcomes new students with virtual orientation

Posted at 8:05 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 08:05:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL) — On Monday, more than 2,000 freshmen are starting their college careers at Florida State. Although they’re not physically on campus, FSU is welcoming them virtually.

A video from President John Thrasher and various FSU staff and students is just a small part of welcome FSU week. This program gives the new Noles a chance to meet some of their professors and fellow freshman just like they would if they were on campus in person.

“We’re really focusing on all those pieces that will help a student get connected,” said FSU Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Brandon Bowden. “Help them understand the resources that are available. To help them understand how to get engaged on campus. One of the biggest pieces is we’re also focusing on how to help them not only transition to Florida State University but also making Tallahassee their home.”

Part of the program includes 1-on-1 Q and A sessions with staff and current students.

“A new incoming freshman probably wouldn’t stand up in from of 1,000 people and ask some of those questions that they think no one else has,” said Bowden. “They don’t want to ask those questions about transitioning from home, they don’t want to even mention being home sick because they might think they’re the only one. So in these small Q-and-A sessions not only are they able to ask faculty and staff questions but they’re also able to talk to their peers.”

Welcome FSU week runs through Saturday, June 27.