Physical affection and camaraderie have always been an essential part of the Florida A&M University experience. These warm bonds are a testament to the strong sense of community at FAMU, where relationships between students as well as students and faculty go beyond the classroom. Student greetings often include hugs and handshakes instead of simple “Hellos” and “Goodbyes.”
Jude Fevrius, a fifth-year student majoring in biological engineering, shared his perspective on the affectionate culture at FAMU.
“The level of affection on our campus can be hazardous during large social events because it could allow people with malicious intent to take advantage and cause harm to students,” Fevrius said.
Fevrius’ observation underscores the need for a balanced approach to affection, especially during larger gatherings where safety remains a top priority. It reflects FAMU’s commitment to maintaining a secure and caring environment.
However, the FAMU community thrives on warmth and connection, as emphasized by Ja’Myria Moss, a fourth-year student pursuing an interdisciplinary studies degree.
“We are all so brotherly and sisterly,” Moss said. “So, it adds an extra emphasis on being affectionate toward one another.”
Moss’ words capture the spirit of affection and unity that defines FAMU’s unique campus atmosphere.
The university’s emphasis on building close-knit relationships between students as well as students and faculty is a fundamental aspect of its culture. Faculty members encourage a sense of connection and support, fostering an environment where students are academically guided and emotionally cared for. This approach has resulted in an affectionate bond that extends beyond the classroom and into everyday interactions on campus.
The level of affectionate interaction among FAMU students and faculty reflects the strong sense of community and family that defines the university. Students often greet each other with warm hugs, share smiles, and engage in friendly exchanges. Faculty members, in turn, are not just educators but mentors and friends who actively participate in the affectionate atmosphere that permeates the campus.
The warmth of these relationships is more than just a gesture; it can also impact stress levels and well-being, as indicated in a recent study, “Hugs and Cortisol Awakening Response the Next Day: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study” (2023).
Hugging and social interactions have been found to reduce stress levels, leading to lower cortisol awakening responses.
“Compared to days when participants reported lower percentages of social interactions with hugs, on days when participants reported higher hug percentages, they showed lower CARs the following day,” the study reports.
This study sheds light on how the affectionate culture at FAMU, marked by gestures like hugs and warm greetings, may reduce stress levels among both students and faculty. It reinforces the idea that the bonds formed within the FAMU community go beyond creating a warm atmosphere; they may also positively affect the well-being of those who call FAMU home.
The level of affection shown on FAMU’s campus not only creates a friendly atmosphere but may also have positive effects on reducing stress and promoting well-being. FAMU’s culture of affection is a cornerstone of the university’s vibrant and caring community.