Florida State, First Impression Essay
When I decided to come to Florida State, surprisingly enough it wasn’t for the parties. I was actually excited about coming here and studying (don’t ask me why). Every other school I looked at I judged them according to how much of a party school they were and what the girls looked like. Then I end up at the #1 party school with a 5:1 ratio of girls to guys. In fact when I came here I wasn’t even planning on rushing a Fraternity.
When I got here though it was a whole different story.
I can remember the week before school started, walking down the hall of my dorm and seeing newspaper clippings on all the doors. After a few days I got curious and decided to read one of them. It was an article about how our University was named the #1 party school for 1999-2000. The last time we had this title was in 1996. Our school has ranked in the top five biggest party schools four times in the last six years, and in 1996 it was ranked #1.
For those first one or two weeks of school, everyone was making a big deal about it. I even saw it brought up on MTV News, and Comedy Central. Both shows were ripping on Sandy D’Alemberte about the comments he had tried to make to save the face of his school. His comments about the title were that it was unfair because it was not done in any type of scientifically correct manner. Another one of his arguments was that an interviewer from the Princeton Review had not been to the campus since 1997 so there was no definite way that they could have information from students about the present social life at the school. The only information the media had to judge this on was feedback they got from student surveys, which are not the most dependable way to get information.
So how exactly is this title decided? Does someone go around to different parties and decide it based on how good the parties are? Is it decided by the number of kegs bought in a set amount of time in Tallahassee? Maybe it’s judged by polls that ask how often each student here has sex. It’s hard to tell. From what I see I don’t think we party any more than other colleges that I’ve been to. Granted some people party more than others and some fraternities party harder than others do. But as a whole I do not think that that FSU should be considered the #1 party school in the country. If its based on the ranking of our football team then that would be a different story.
If that were the case then it wouldn’t give our university such a bad reputation. Right now though we have a reputation that the students like because it makes them look like a bunch of hard ass partiers. But the graduates don’t really like it because they know that their possible employers know about that reputation and probably look down on hiring someone who is a party animal. The thing that sucks the most about it is for those people who don’t really party that much like my roommate. He hates having that name because he has never had a sip of alcohol in his life. But when he tells people that he goes to FSU they immediately smile and ask him some question like, how many beers can you drink in one hour? Personally I don’t really care about being known as a party animal.
I will admit that I probably party a lot more than I really should. Especially being in a fraternity, there are always parties that I can go to. Unfortunately though, it is beginning to have an impact on my studies even though I have to go to mandatory study hours with Kappa Alpha.
I am going to have to disagree with the magazines and newspapers when they say that the students of Florida State are nothing but a bunch of drunken slobs. There are a lot of extremely smart people here. FSU, for instance, came .