11 Ways Bowling Green Makes Students Feel At Home

11 Ways Bowling Green Makes Students Feel Like They've Come Home

Bowling Green State University is the best choice I could have ever made, and I hope you make it too.

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Bowling Green State University has endless positive attributes, but here are eleven reasons why I am glad to call this campus my home. Choosing the right college for you is important. With so many factors to weigh, it can be intimidating. I hope that everyone deciding upon a university can feel the same way I feel about BGSU.

1. School spirit

Hallie Cunningham

No matter the weather, winning record or any other deterrent, Falcon fans come out in full swing for all sporting events. Any event sponsored by BGSU, there are students there to support. Freddy and Frieda alongside SicSic always bring a smile to the students' faces. They encourage students to be active and to display college loyalty with pride.

2. Men's hockey

Hallie Cunningham

Nobody goes harder than BGSU Hockey fans. (We are number one in the WCHA!) A feeling of camaraderie and dedication to the game is overwhelming when sitting in the stands.

3. Campus Polleyeyes

The best breadsticks you will ever taste. Campus Polleyeys offers a variety of breadsticks, pizza and other party foods. The best part? They deliver to the dorms.

4. Harvey

Hallie Cunningham

Harvey is a service dog on campus. He takes his job very seriously, always at the hip of his owner, Daniel. Make sure to ask before you pet, as Harvey has important work to do. He is a 200-pound English Mastiff who lights up any room he walks into. College is stressful, and sometimes we just need to pet a dog.

5. Greek life

Hallie Cunningham

With 11 Panhellenic Chapters, 17 Interfraternity Council Chapters, 8 National Pan-Hellenic Council Chapters, and five Multicultural Greek Council, there are many ways to be involved in the Greek community. Together, Greek organizations complete service hours to benefit various philanthropic organizations and the Bowling Green community.

6. Dance Marathon

FOR THE KIDS. Last year, over $265,000 was raised in donations for Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo. Dance Marathon raises money for children in hospitals and brings students from all different backgrounds together for one common goal. This event entails students staying on their feet for 24 hours, raising money for the cause. They get to meet the kids, hear stories and have a great time.

7. Clubs and organizations

With over 300 groups there is a place for everyone to belong, stand out and go far at BGSU. With options to find your niche, you will soon find a supportive environment to support your learning. Using OrgSync, you can find any group to contact and become a member of!

8. Dining options

Two dining halls, the union, Sundial and several outtakes mean you will never run out of snacks. Life gets busy, but taking care of yourself is important! There is always a place to stop and feed your body. Get that falcon fuel!

9. Sense of home

Hallie Cunningham

BGSU has a homey feeling as soon as you walk on campus. There are people everywhere you look to help you grow and feel comfortable. There is the Office of Accessibility Services to ensure that each student has an equal opportunity to their education. Smiling faces wherever you go, and people who are willing to answer any question you may have.

10. Faculty and staff members

All of the employees are glad to see you here. They want to see you succeed and will help you get to where you want to be. Reach out to your professors, they are here for your benefit. We all chose to be falcons, and falcons support each other.

11. Summer programs

Hallie Cunningham

With various summer programs like the First Gen Falcon, students are able to form connections before campus opens and to create life-long friendships. This program gives first-generation students the opportunity to become acclimated with campus and decide how they want their college experience to go.

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22 Reasons Why I Chose To Be Part Of FGCU '22

I can say deciding to go to FGCU was the best decision I've made.

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I grew up in Jackson, New Jersey. However, since the age of nine, I would spend every summer and holiday down in Cape Coral, Florida. My parents got a divorce when I was 8, and wound up being 1,200 miles apart. My dad heard about Florida Gulf Coast University from family and was admit about me taking a tour. I wasn't overly excited about touring the school, but I thought what was the worst that could happen?

1. My Campus Tour

If you told me three years ago that I would be attending a college in Florida, I would have told you that you're out of your mind. I was set on going to a college in New Jersey; I had a few in mind going into my junior year and was planning on scheduling tours at them — until I found FGCU. I guess you could say it was love at first sight.

I remember walking into the Welcome Center and immediately being greeted by the staff. They were filled with such enthusiasm, which was genuine. They wanted to make sure that each and every student felt like they were at home. I didn't feel like I was at a college tour- I felt like I arrived home.

I fell so in love with the campus, that as soon as I got home from my tour, I started figuring out what exactly I needed so that I could apply as soon as the applications opened.

I highly recommend for any and every student looking at attending a college, to go to a tour at this school. It's just something about being on that campus that will make you never want to leave.

2. Career and Developement Services

In college, many students change their major throughout their years at college. Luckily FGCU has a team dedicated to helping you figure out what you want to do as a career, and what the steps are to pursue it. They host career fairs, and provide you with help in getting an internship and/or job! They provide individual advising sessions, to help you to the best of their ability

3. The Dorms Are Big, Like REALLY Big

So the dorms are big. FGCU is known for having spacious dorms, but really no words could describe just how amazing they are. You could easily fit an elephant in there. FGCU is ranked in the top 10 best college dorms in the entire United States. You don't have to share a bedroom with another person, you get your own personal space.

4. FGCU Is Anti-Hazing

Fraternities and sororities exist all over the country. Many times there are horror stories about the hazing, that goes into becoming a member. Luckily at FGCU that is not a concern. They have a zero tolerance for hazing, and under no circumstances is it permitted. To even register to potentially be in a sorority you must complete an anti-hazing course online and pass a test on it. They have resources in place as long as a team ready to investigate any allegations of it.

5. The Dirty Birds

The Dirty Birds are the official fan section for all sports at FGCU. It is a $10 membership fee and it provides you with experiences year round! They offer Dirty Bird members opportunities such as seating directly behind the team and traveling to state competitions on a bus provided for you! After the games the teams also thank the Dirty Birds for coming, the amount of school spirit this school has is insane.

6. The Shuttle System

Although not too far of a walk from the dorms to the classrooms, there is no need to walk. The school provides a free shuttle service that runs EVERY 15 minutes! They pull up in front of Palmetto and travel to the music building and also the Cohen loop.

7. The Beach

In North Lake, which is primarily an upperclassmen living area, is FGCU's own little beach. The beach is beautiful and a great place to go to relieve stress. At the beach, you can relax in a beach chair, or check out the rentals that they have available.

8. CAPS

On campus, there is counseling and psychological services, which is a source of mental health support. They offer walk in and weekly meetings, completely free. Many students utilize this resource, and I would encourage more too.

9. The Sovi Pool

In South Village, a giant pool is located right in the heart of the buildings. It's a great place to go sit and get a tan.

10. The Greek Life

FGCU has four different organizations. Panhellenic, IFC, NPHC and MGC. If you have an interest in joining Greek life, FGCU has many opportunities as each organization has a number of different fraternities/ sororities to join.

11. FGCU has Chick Fil A

The best part of my day is walking into the Cohen center and seeing Chick-fil-A. It's super convenient and they are always on top of their game in there.

12. The Amount of Organizations 

There is a registered student organization for everything. During my orientation, I was told that they just created a "People-Watching" club. The best part is, if they don't have an organization you want, you have to reach a minimum of three people and one adviser, and then you've made an RSO ( Registered Student Organization).

13. The Library

The library is beautiful. They have study rooms, cubes, and individual seating areas. It's a great place to go to study or print out anything you need to print. It's open

14. The Amount of Students

There are only around 15,000 students at FGCU, it's the perfect amount. It's not too small, but also not too big. It's the perfect fit.

15. Intramural Sports

Intramural sports are essentially like a "club team," where you play against other students in whatever category you chose to participate in. Even if you don't participate you can still head over and watch the games.

16. FGCU Has Area Council

Area council exists within the halls and buildings that residents reside in on campus. The council is made up of an executive board, as well as an advisor and delegates. They create events that their "building" has and address any issues or concerns that the other residents may have. It's a great structure and allows residents to have their voice heard, and make a change.

17. The Free Online Movies

When you live in South Village or North Lake, you are able to access the free online movies that FGCU has to offer. They update and add new ones every month. There are also TV shows on there! To access the website (only works if you live on campus ) press here.

18. Azul The Eagle

Azul is FGCU's mascot. You can find him at every event on campus. Azul is full of life and can be found dancing or pumping up the crowd.

19. The Bookstore

If you need anything, the bookstore will have it. They have a huge apparel section, as well as snacks, and school supplies.

20. The Job Opportunities

If you need a job you can check E-rez and see if there's anything fitting for you! I have friends who work all over campus, the campus is flexible and works around your schedule.

21. The Overall Aura

When you step on campus, the sun shines. Your whole mood just flips. The air is fresh, the birds are chirping, and people are swinging in their hammocks. FGCU just feels like a home. The campus is stunning and a positive place to be.

22. There Will Always Be Something To Do

There is always something to do at FGCU, the opportunities are endless. Every day there's campus rec classes, or student organized meetings. There's something for everyone here.

If you haven't toured FGCU, I challenge you to. Forget any ideas you had about the school before coming in, and see it for yourself. I can say that becoming a part of FGCU '22 was the best choice I have made. I couldn't see myself going to school anywhere else.

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The Tea On The 16th Annual OSCARs Award Results

Every year, the University of Washington, Tacoma branch hosts the Outstanding Student Ceremony for Awards and Recognition (OSCARs). This year, the results would cause not only applause, but soft murmurs of questions and irritation.

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On Friday May 17 the University of Washington Tacoma held their 16th annual OSCARs award ceremony at the University YMCA at 7 p.m. and the room was filled with tables, great food and a wonderful stage. The purpose of the OSCARs is to celebrate the hard work of the students, staff and faculty that make up the University of Washington Tacoma campus. There are some categories where students are able to vote for who they think deserves the award, and there are others where the staff and faculty vote for who they think deserves the award. Nominations were accepted until April 12 at 12 p.m. and the students could vote between April 15 and April 30.

Throughout the ceremony there were cheers, laughter, hugs and pictures. But what most didn't notice were the soft murmurs humming between guests at various tables.

A few questions as the evening went on that arised from table to table were as followed;

"How many times have they gone up there?"

"Are there any new names on there? They all look the same."

"Is it just the same people over and over again?"

"Hasn't that person already won, like, three awards already?"

After attending and hearing the celebration, murmurs and noticing the names appearing on the screen becoming more and more familiar due to the repetition of the names presented, a pique of curiosity inspired some digging.

The following list were the categories provided on the OSCARs program.

OSCARs Program

A total of 29 categories had awards, recognition or certificates that were given to students only. Within some of these categories, but not all, were multiple sections of the award such as the Husky Volunteers Awards which had the Silver, Purple and Gold awards depending on the number of service hours. Within some of these categories multiple people received awards, certificates or recognition such as the ASUWT President's Award which was given to two different individuals.

In the OSCARs 29 categories there were 21 awards, one certificate and seven recognitions. Within the 29 categories there were 35 sections.

Of the 21 awards, they were given away to four groups and 76 individuals. In the certificate category, it was given to seven individuals and of the seven recognition categories 49 individuals and the graduating class of 2019 were recognized.

In total four groups received awards and 132 individuals received awards, certificates and recognition.

Of the 132 individuals that received awards, certificates and recognition 62 individuals received awards. seven received certificates, and 46 individuals received recognition.

However, the results can be broken down even further.

One individual received four awards and one recognition.

Two individuals received three awards each.

Three individuals received two awards and one recognition each.

Five individuals received two awards each.

Six individuals received one award and one recognition each.

Five people received one award and one certificate each.

One person received one award, one certificate and two recognitions.

One person received one award, one certificate and one recognition.

One person received one award and two recognitions.

Two people received two recognitions.

With that broken down, that means that out of the 132 individuals who received awards, recognition and certificates that only 38 individuals received just one award, nobody received just one certificate, and only 31 people received just one recognition.

To see the difference, 69 out of 132 students received one award or recognition and 27 out of 132 students received more than one award, recognition, certificate or some combination. Or about 52 percent of the individuals received one award or recognition and about 20 percent received more than one award, recognition, certificate or some combination.

While the decisions are final and carefully made, the ceremony was beautiful and overall a fun celebration of student and staff success. However, the repetitiveness of the nominees and individuals that had received a combination of multiple awards, recognitions and certificates had some audience members confused, baffled and irritated leaving them with questions rather than a sense of celebratory satisfaction.

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