In Defense Of My Alma Mater (Sub: A Quick Rant About FSU)

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I’m a proud alumna of The Florida State University and have taken a lot of heat lately about it. I have taken heat in the grocery store, at the gym, on social media and even in the office. It seems that everyone has an opinion about the infamous Jameis Winston and the Florida State “Criminoles,” and they’re falling over themselves to share it with me.

I’m not here to defend Jameis Winston. Jameis has been rightfully punished for the crime he did commit and has also been punished for being a dumb teen and public figure in the age of social media. I’m not here to defend what he has not been convicted of.  If you want to talk about those things, this isn’t the comment stream. I’m sorry to disappoint. #blamejameis.

I’m here to defend my alma mater because the value of an FSU degree—and employability of our current seniors—rises and falls with the reputation of the school.

I’m not one to dwell on “the good ‘ole days,” but the four years I spent at FSU will forever be special to me. FSU is where I laid the foundation for my career. It’s the place I met my husband and a handful of close friends. It’s a place I’m proud to list on my resume and LinkedIn profile for having earned my degree. And—fun fact—FSU was even the [positive] ice-breaker topic used when I interviewed with FOT founder, Kris Dunn. I’m sure you feel the same about your alma mater, and you should.

If a resume from a FSU grad hits your ATS or desk, I ask that you don’t dismiss them based on the current media hype. We are not criminals.

  • We are professionals.
  • We are academics.
  • We are the institution that brought you Spanx. You’re welcome.

Our students are more than a football team. They are great recruits. Not because they’ve got a chip on their shoulder and something to prove, but because they attended an institution that prepared us to succeed.

I am proud of the success of my fellow alumni who graduated from Florida State University (shout out Lars), because their achievements reflect well on our school and on alumni to come.

Florida State University is not the first institution to be entwined in a “scandal,” and we certainly won’t be the last. If you’re one of those who just has to get a word in edgewise about FSU, I encourage you to at least exercise some new fodder.