Some people may describe Florida A&M University as nothing but a popularity and fashion contest. Many students have also said that the university runs off “cliques,” but to truly feel a part of the FAMUly, all it takes is the ability to navigate and network around campus.
During the traditional event “Set Friday,” students can get the best depiction of what FAMU’s culture is really like outside of the classroom. From the music, greek representation, modeling troops to the vendors selling orange and green merchandise, these things embody the true meaning of what brings students together. At the same time, this could be intimidating for incoming freshmen trying to find a space to fit in.
With the transition back to in-person learning, sophomores who were denied the FAMU experience their first year, are slowly learning how to get into the flow of things.
Jazmin White, a second year pre-pharmacy student at FAMU, mentioned that students should be better informed on events and interest meetings ahead of time so they can feel more involved. She took things into her own hands and utilized her resources.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions and reach out to upperclassmen, especially those that are the faces and leaders of the university,” said White.
Joining organizations helps to increase the interactivity amongst students on campus. This builds social skills, opens up many different networking opportunities, and allows students to feel a part of a community.
“If you can’t dedicate the time to joining clubs, try reaching out to some of your classmates,” Brittney Jackson, a fourth-year History scholar said. “Everyone knows how it feels to be new.”
It is important to follow all FAMU social media pages along with any organizations of interest. Majority of the pages are run by other students who put a timely effort into making sure informational flyers are posted accordingly.
GroupMe is another tool that students use to interact with each other. This messaging app is a free and simple way to stay connected with other people.
Chazriq Clarke, FAMU’s King of Orange and Green, is a part of many different things on the hill. His message to new and incoming rattlers is to be yourself and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.
“It’s the orange and the green,” Clarke said. “It’s the strike, strike, and strike again. It’s the infamous marching 100. The venomous school spirit and last but not least, it’s the FAMULY.”
The key to navigating in a new environment is simply in the utilization of the resources provided on campus.