i never post, so what better time to write a brief treatise on FSU life than with 12 hours to go until orientation! first thing, the rain cooled it off some so it looks like it will be 88 instead of 98 degrees the rest of this week. Also, the main semester for undergrad hasn't started yet so keep that on mind on day 1 when parking is everywhere and things seem deserted. No matter how many garages they build, parking is always a huge hassle at FSU. It's just nice knowing you don't have to leave an hour early or rush to get a spot if you pay for the Civic Center parking (they still had some spots open as of today, but 87 people had already bought one apparently
, likely experienced 2 and 3L's or over anxious 1L's buying them early).
Might want to check your email too, because they sent out a changed orientation schedule at the last minute, it seems the same as the other one, just tells you what section you in, divided by last name. 2 for me. Oh, and this version also includes notes under certain lectures along the lines of: "Be prepared to discuss pages 1-89 from What you REALLY need to Know book". I'm sure that will be delightfully awkward seeing as how no one has apparently gotten past chapter 2.
Do all your Suntrust and FSUcard stuff ASAP, its a week away from classes starting and already the wait was almost an hour. Same thing for buying books, in the past i have stood in line for nearly an hour, it gets ridiculously busy (both at bills and the main bookstore) this time of year, especially next week. Go EARLY in the morning and the place will be deserted though. I also go with the FSU bookstore over Bill's. FSU's store always seems to have everything in stock, where as bill's always seemed to be missing a few things, granted that was for undergraduate stuff.
and for those worried about taking their laptops, if it is anything like the main campus's network, if you have any computer skills at all you can figure it out. it is essentially "Here download this program, run it, amd youre good to go", BUT if you want it to be a SECURE connection (who wouldn't?) there are a few more steps required. The computer/tech people were always efficient and helpful so I wouldn't sweat it.
Uhh... other advice to those new to the campus...
parking police actually take their crappy jobs seriously here, to the extent of towing your vehicle, so if you are in a situation where you aren't sure if you're in student parking lot, err on the side of caution. Also, a lot of frats and sororities have their own private lots, which are easy to confuse with a gravel FSU lot. For like 5 months my sophmore year I thought I had discovered a hidden, secret parking lot that always had spots and was in a great location. Then one day as i was driving off some broseph frat clone jumped in front of my car raging about "WHERE IS YOUR %*^&ING STICKER BRO! WHERE IS IT!", and i was like "ohhh.... this must be your guys' lot, my bad" and you could tell he wanted to keep arguing over it, but i just never parked there again. The next year they tore down that frat house and put up new dorms
the campus is really big, and we aren't even on the campus proper, in theory you could go the whole year without ever seeing the real mass of humanity that makes up FSU's student body, but where is the fun in that? There's restaurants all over campus, especially around the student union (across the street from the bookstore). there is also club down under which offers a bunch of free concerts for students. it's really good for seeing indie bands before they get big, i saw Girl Talk there before he even started doing "real" shows, and to see him you have to go to something like Bonaroo! They also have guest speakers there, that vary greatly, from people who were on "The Real World" to people who have actually done something interesting with their lives. There is also an open air market going on in union every Wednesday, mostly people just selling music, movies, posters, and incense... there is also usually some sort of amateur rap performance going on on the main stage thing. hard to explain, but just go by there one Wednesday. its also where all the crazy ultra right or left wing people go, including this preacher who tells every girl that walks by that they are a whore. it's fun to see him almost get punched out by a pissed off crowd member any time he shows up.
in case you didnt notice, its really hot and humid here and will be like this until the end of October, then we have decent "winter" weather than can last through mid-April. So get used to carrying an umbrella as a torrential downpour can come out of nowhere.
your FSUcard also gives you access to the gym, its directly across from the stadium near the Clown College. It's three stories tall and loaded with all sorts of equipment, courts, and tracks. It is also full of girls who put on make up as if they were going to a bar, and just sort of walk half-assedly on the treadmills for hours.
some good restaurants near campus: Gordo's (Cuban food), Jim and Milt's (BBQ), Gumby's Pizza, and this Greek resturant (forget the name) right next door to Gumby's which is good. There are good places all over town you just have to know where to look. Everything north of the interstate seems like it's a completely different city, the section of town is called Kilearn, and its where a lot of the richer people tend to live so if you are looking for a Fresh Market or something, head there. These is also this awesome sushi place, well two, one is near campus Jasmine's, and another called... something i forget, it starts with an N i think. Both those places are great and a step above places like Chili's, Abblebee's, et. al.
oh and finally, locate Thagard Health Center, they are very quick and efficient and won't hesitate to write you a prescription. It always seems like 90% of the people in there are getting tested for STD's or something though judging by their sullen faces. The two "real" hospital's in town are ALWAYS packed, waiting in their ER's surrounded by what are apparently homeless people for 3 hours is not fun, just go to Thagard.
I would say I will be the guy wearing a Richard Pryor or "The Big Lebowski" t-shirt tomorrow, but after I ran the idea past my mom I think she literally wanted to strangle me - and i know she is obsessed with this thread and reads it at work - so mom don't read this, and if you do, yes i am actually going to wear a collared shirt now leave me alone
My name is Ryan and I will be in group 2 sporting a beard and a blue polo. If you guys have any questions about the area feel free to ask, i've lived here for over 5 years now and have lived in most sections of town and know shortcuts (there are tons) around town.
One last warning: never go to the section of town called french town, its a square mile or two in size located directly to the East of campus and it's the "bad" part of town where it would seem prostitutes and crack dealers have the right of way.
Oh yeah, and buy some flip flops, 99% of the student population wears nothing but them, even during winter months. You'll see a guy with a heavy jacket, jeans, and... flip flops