The first day of college is a mixture of excitement and jitters. For the Class of 2024, there was an unexpected factor added to the mix—a worldwide pandemic that prevented them from physically being on campus.
Fast forward a year and sophomores are finally taking in-person classes. To properly welcome them to Panther territory, FIU pulled out all the stops. Student Life and Development, a unit of Academic and Student Affairs, hosted Sophomore Takeover at MMC Wednesday.
“Sophomore Takeover was designed to help sophomores bridge the gap from not being on campus last year,” said Jose Toscano, senior director of Student Life and Development. “We wanted to ensure the academic and personal success of the Class of 2024 by creating tailored experiences and showcasing all the resources available to them.”
The energy at the Graham Center was palpable—a sharp contrast to last year’s empty halls. Sophomores gathered in high spirits for campus tours led by peer advisors, as well as free food and giveaways.
“I hadn't had the opportunity to visit campus because all of my classes have been online since my freshman year,” said, Kaiya Roberts, who is looking forward to living on campus and getting better acquainted with the university.
Students learned about leadership and engagement opportunities, met with their academic advisors, received information on financial aid and picked up their OneCard.
In addition to learning more about the university and various student resources, students participated in icebreakers.
Liberal Arts major Chelsea Spence welcomed the opportunity to meet fellow Panthers.
“A lot of the sophomores didn’t get to meet and interact in person. So I think, for me personally, I wanted to meet new people and get to know the school a little bit more,” Spence said.
Sophomore Takeover is scheduled to take place at Biscayne Bay Campus on Thursday, Aug. 26. Be on the lookout for the registration link to RSVP.