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Profiles of Florida State's Best and Brightest

Advice From Graduates


Carisa Champion-Lippmann
Get involved and explore the opportunities that Florida State University has to offer. Use those experiences to find out what interests you.

Carisa Champion-Lippmann
College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

Shayne Mifsud
Always connect and network with the people you meet. Learn from your mistakes and any experiences that may not seem fun. You can grow by learning what works for you and what doesn’t.

Shayne Mifsud
College of Communication & Information

Wonkak Kim
If you work hard enough and love what you do, you can be successful even in the most competitive field.

Wonkak Kim
College of Music

Courtney Cantrell
Cantrell describes the most rewarding part of her career as having the ability to “impact something, do the right thing, and make the right decisions everyday.”

Courtney Cantrell
College of Arts & Sciences

Brett Thomas
Education is a privilege. Don’t take it for granted. This experience is not just about a degree; it’s about the people you’ll one day serve.

Brett Thomas
College of Medicine

Jo-Anna Nieves
FSU is full of student organizations that promote team building and networking. These organizations also foster a competitive spirit that pushes students to excel. At the same time, the students still share a connection that results in the desire to see one another succeed. This experience gave me the courage I needed to leave a steady job and start my own firm. Who knows what it could do for you?

Jo-Anna Nieves
College of Business, Law

Josef Rainer
Get involved in clubs. Your major is important, but being well rounded is crucial as well. It sounds easier said than done, but that’s what college is for: trying something new!

Josef Rainer
College of Communication & Information

Jin Yan
Women can be successful with STEM degrees. That’s why the DreamOn club at FSU tries to inspire young girls. Don’t be afraid to pursue your goals.

Jin Yan
College of Engineering

Jessica Wente
The people you meet in your time at FSU will be some of the most influential people in your life. It’s where I met my best friends and my future bridesmaids. It’s where I met mentors who I still keep in touch with today. It’s where I learned from some of the best professionals in my field, and where I gained the clinical experience that ultimately led me to what I’m doing now. I’d encourage others to invest in other people during their time at FSU. These relationships can be an incredible support for the rest of your life!

Jessica Wente
College of Human Sciences

Camilo Giraldo
Go to a football game! The sports here are fun. FSU also has incredible professors and resources. FSU can help you get the career you want. It did for me.

Camilo Giraldo
College of Engineering

Clinton Mitchell
Don’t pigeonhole yourself into a particular sect, community, or group. The world is diverse and shrinking every day. FSU prepares you to handle it by providing countless opportunities to work with individuals, groups, and classmates from all over the world. Take it. Seize it. Learn and grow from it.

Clinton Mitchell
College of Arts & Sciences

Puja Upadhyay
It is important to clarify your objectives in life. Knowing your goals from day one and developing a plan to achieve those goals not only saves time, but also keeps you on the right track. Success takes time and graduate school is not going to be a cakewalk. You have to work hard, and you have to work smart.

Puja Upadhyay
College of Engineering

Ilya Pozin
FSU taught me how to network, and that was critical. Going to a large, social school allowed me to meet a lot of incredible people. I use those skills to network to this day. People have a natural tendency to help each other. You need to meet as many people as possible, pay it forward, and it will pay back. A nerd who can network is an unstoppable combination. Go Noles!

Ilya Pozin
College of Communication & Information

Neleen Leslie
Make the most of your time here at FSU. There are so many opportunities for you to get involved both on and off campus, beyond the classroom. Take advantage of them. We are students first, and we’re all here to get our degrees, but your Seminole experience will be so much richer if you get out there and get involved as well. It may just change your life.

Neleen Leslie
College of Communication & Information

Morgan Cooley
Interacting with my professors and peers has had the most influence on my personal and professional development. Whether it was a three-minute conversation or a two-hour talk over coffee, learning to take advantage of the insight, constructive feedback, and wisdom of others has helped me immensely. Utilize the experience, perspective, and knowledge of the amazing people around you. Never be afraid to ask questions.

Morgan Cooley
College of Music, Social Work, Human Sciences

Robert Adelson
Get active in a wide variety of things. There are tons of options at FSU: clubs and organizations, SGA, Greek Life, intramurals, Student Boosters, and more. No reason to stick to just one! Your four years at FSU will be some of the best of your life. Make the most of it.

Robert Adelson
College of Education

Naomie Baptiste
Enjoy the FSU experience to the fullest. Study hard; volunteer for great organizations related to your field of study. Go to football games, learn the war chant and most importantly, graduate with a degree that will push your career aspirations forward.

Naomie Baptiste
College of Engineering