FSU Student Star

Michelle Evangelista

Florida State University senior Michelle Evangelista chose FSU for its stellar study abroad program. With the guidance of FSU’s College Life Coaching Program, she narrowed her major to international affairs. As she approaches graduation, Evangelista regards the university’s undergraduate research opportunities and community service as the pillars of her academic success — with research a […]

Kaela Braxton

With a devotion to student leadership, criminology major Kaela Braxton challenges fellow students to pursue their passions, explore their professional interests and succeed in class and beyond.  She does so from a place of experience: She’s a senior who serves as president of the Black Law Students Association and vice-president of the Society of Black […]

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor always held an interest in science and a persistent curiosity. Now he holds a prestigious distinction at Florida State University as well. Taylor, a senior biological science major, recently won the Helen Louise Lee Undergraduate Research Award, an IDEA Grant for an FSU in the Department of Biological Science. The award allowed him […]

Omer Turkomer

Inspired by his own experience of immigrating to the United States from Turkey, Florida State University junior Omer Turkomer has immersed himself in campus clubs and organizations to help FSU in its mission of making campus more welcoming and cohesive to students of all backgrounds. Turkomer has found a passion for advocacy and bringing diversity […]

Guissella E. Cruz Rodriguez 

Florida State University Department of Sociology graduate Guissella E. Cruz Rodriguez found FSU’s location in the state’s capital city the ideal backdrop for her interest in service, social justice and law. Inspired by her own experience as a survivor of sexual violence, Cruz Rodriguez is dedicating her life to helping those in need. “I want […]

Kayla Duncan

In her junior year of high school, music therapy senior Kayla Duncan researched potential majors, hoping to find an option that combined her love of music with her interests in psychology. She saw the Florida State University Music Therapy Program as an opportunity to learn from some of the field’s most influential professionals. “As soon […]

Saejin Albright

Choosing what to major in can be a difficult and overwhelming decision for many students, but as Florida State University junior Saejin Albright learned four years ago, it can also mean the beginning of a new and exciting future. After spending most of her life playing the violin, Albright thought majoring in Music Therapy was […]

Ni’A Landon

Motivated by her passion for servant leadership, Florida State University senior Ni’A Landon’s college career has centered on making campus a more inclusive and equitable environment for students of color. A public relations major with a minor in business and multicultural marketing communications, Landon has used her education and professional experience within the advertising industry to lead diversity panels within FSU’s School of Communication to […]

Sathvik Bilakanti

When Florida State University junior Sathvik Bilakanti was 10 years old, he developed an eye condition that impaired his vision. Without an accurate diagnosis, Bilakanti felt isolated and overwhelmed by his new reality. However, amid learning to overcome adversity, a passion for helping others with similar eye conditions grew. “After developing my eye condition, I struggled […]

Aoife Trotter

Growing up, Florida State University junior Aoife Trotter always knew she wanted to pursue a career focused on helping others. At FSU, Trotter’s study of psychology sparked her interest in addressing the effects of sexual assault on mental health and its impact on marginalized communities. To learn more about the emotional and psychological reactions victims […]

Christelle Bucag

Growing up in the Philippines, Florida State University junior Christelle Bucag was suddenly uprooted when her mother was hired as a nurse at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, and they moved to Tallahassee in 2016. “As a recent first-generation immigrant, it was hard to insert myself in the culture and way of life here in the United States,” Bucag said. “It […]