Seminole Sensation Week gives students fun start to fall semester


As Florida State University prepares for the start of the fall semester, the university will host Seminole Sensation Week — an annual weeklong event that encourages students to get involved on campus.

The event runs from Wednesday, Aug. 24, to Tuesday, Aug. 30, and features dozens of fun activities designed to introduce students to campus organizations and others who share common interests.

“Seminole Sensation Week is a great opportunity for new students to get acclimated to campus and also gives them a fun, safe environment to learn about activities and services that are available,” said Todd Shaver, assistant director of student activities. “They can make new friends and get excited about the upcoming school year.”

Some highlights of this year’s Seminole Sensation Week include:

  • Performance by Hypnotist Doug Thompson
  • Last Call Before Fall Concert featuring Earl Sweatshirt
  • FSU Luau
  • Local Band Showcase
  • Comedian Brandon Wardell
  • Zorb Balls, a Criss Cross Track and Velcro Wall
  • Glow in the Dark Cardio Party

A major highlight of the week takes place Sunday, Aug. 28, with the New Student Convocation and President’s Welcome. Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, will be the keynote speaker at the convocation which runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., immediately followed by the President’s Welcome, a reception where students have the opportunity to meet with their academic dean, faculty, staff and current students. Both events will take place at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St.

Other activities offered during the week are: bowling at Crenshaw Lanes, movie showings at the Askew Student Life Center, speed friending, paint-a-pot, ASLC Open House & Fight Night Gaming Social, Experience Tallahassee and karaoke. Students also will have the opportunity to get their photo taken to celebrate their first day of school, whether it’s their first semester or their last year on campus.

Several events throughout the week will feature free food for students, including Throwback Food from Seminole Dining, A Taste of Seminole Dining, Friday Night Bites, Late Night Pancake Night, Taste of Tallahassee and the Student Alumni Association’s Traditions BBQ and the Student Government Association’s Welcome Back BBQ.

Events to help students learn about how they can get involved on campus and stay safe include a bike safety class, the Involvement Fair and the Student Activities Center and Student Government Association Open House.

All events are free with a valid, gold FSU ID. For a complete schedule, click here.