10 Florida State Frustrations That Every Seminole Can Relate To

10 Florida State Frustrations That Every Seminole Can Relate To

We have all been there.
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Let's face it, if you attend Florida State University, you inevitably love it. The beautiful campus, the overwhelming school spirit and the abundant opportunities to succeed here would captivate just about anyone. Although we will all proudly announce that we are Seminoles, we aren't so blind that we can't see the flaws in our favorite spot in Tallahassee. Here are 10 frustrating experiences that any FSU student has dealt with on many different occasions.

10. Fearless cross-walkers.

We get it, OK. We know you have 56 uncompleted homework assignments, you haven't slept in two weeks, and you are really hoping that if we hit you with our cars we will have to pay for your tuition. We understand these feelings, trust me.

All of us here are experiencing the same things, and the last thing we need is to have a guilty conscious for hitting you with our vehicles. With that being said, please stop trying to cross the street after our cars are halfway through the crosswalk.

9. The partying reputation.

At some moment in all of our lives, we have told someone that we attend FSU and then are immediately given that knowing side smirk, an unspoken, "Oh, I know what you're up to then." Yes, Florida State has a reputation for partying. No, that is not my priority. Let me get this stellar education without you assuming what I do with my time.

8. The uphill struggle.

As much as we love Tally, no one can deny that getting around campus some days can be serious work. Honestly, do I really need to work out if all of my classes happen to be on the top of abnormally large hills?

7. Random downpours.

You can leave your room at 11 A.M. and it will be beautiful outside, not a single cloud in the sky. The flawless weather will have you in a great mood, and you can walk to your afternoon Chemistry lecture without a worry in the world.

Everything seems fine and dandy until your teacher dismisses you and you walk outside to behold a rainstorm that is easily comparable to the great biblical flood. Do you have your umbrella or rain boots? No. Will you ever learn? Probably not.

6. Classes with few grades.

A new semester is always filled with the promises of potentially easy classes and raised GPAs. That is until your first professor of the day informs you that your only grades are based on your attendance, your midterm, and your final. No I am not stressed, it's fine, I'm fine, everything is fine.

5. Overzealous bikers.

One second you are casually strolling down Legacy Walk, and then the next moment you see your life flash before your eyes as some Lance Armstrong wannabe comes within .7 mm of running you over. Please slow down before I put my foot in front of one of your tires.

4. Getting teased about our football ranking.

Or I should I say lack of ranking. Yes, this season was subpar, but we also lost our starting quarterback during the first game and his replacement was a true freshman. Talk to me again next year.

3. People who won't shut up in Stroz.

This is a LIBRARY. I came here to STUDY. Please stop screaming about how your fraternity dream boy made eye contact with you in the hallway. If I wanted to hear noise I would have gone absolutely anywhere else on campus to look over these notes.

2. "You went to FSU because you weren't smart enough to go to UF."

Let me just stop you right there because your breathing is annoying me at this point. Many students here, including myself, got into both schools and decided to go to FSU for a myriad of different reasons. Find something else to do other than tear people down.

1. Parking.

Do you really go to FSU if you haven't circled all of the parking garages on campus for hours hunting for a parking spot? You would think that instead of adding multiple residence halls someone would consider maybe adding on to the parking garages. We risk parking tickets and getting towed every day in order to make it to class on time, and quite frankly, we are TIRED of it.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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From Practices To Performances, Dance Teams Take Over Stony Brook University

I found a community of people who finally shared my interests that I hid for years. It's great to finally have a crew who all cares about the same thing.

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While many students at Stony Brook University like to go home or to the library on late nights, dance teams take over academic buildings around campus to practice for performances.

Practicing in places like Earth and Space Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Center for Leadership and Service, groups like KBS, CDT and PUSO Modern practice two or three times a week to prepare for events like Seawolves Showcase and Asian Night and for competitions like the Prelude Dance Competition.

The KBS Dance Team, a group that focuses on dancing to K-Pop and K-Hip-Hop, has performed at events on campus like CASB Cultural Carnival and Asian Night. The team even has a subgroup of some members of the team who have extra practices and experiment with different styles of music and dance.

Nicole Lombino, a KBS manager said, "I found a community of people who finally shared my interests that I hid for years. It's great to finally have a crew who all cares about the same thing."

This semester, KBS had practices twice a week and practiced for about two hours at each practice. The director and the two managers lead practice which includes presenting choreography, learning new dances, creating dance formations and cleaning members' movements to look as neat as possible before performances.

"KBS isn't a competitive team so you're not pressured to compete with anyone or beat someone else at something," Tina Ng, the current director of KBS and a member of CDT said, "You're just doing it for fun."

Many members on the team are freshmen and have never danced before being on KBS.

"Even in this one semester, I've seen them grow as dancers," Lombino said, "From the first to second performance, it's staggering how much they've improved."

Dancing on a team at Stony Brook University is more than just a club, it's a commitment. And members on the executive board of dance teams have to organize performances, make sure practices run smoothly, and serve as mentors for their teammates.

"I'm responsible for this team and my eboard and I have to share the weight and any difficulties," Iris Au, a KBS manager said. "I have to actively participate and contribute to the team, which is different from when I was just a team member."

The breakdancing club on campus, the Stony Brook Breakers, have open practices and have members that help people learn breakdancing, regardless of skill. They practice in the Health Sciences Tower and the university's Recreation Center.

Breakdancing moves like windmills, headspins and baby spins are moves that the Breakers have had to work hard to learn and are still difficult for members.

While many dance teams hold auditions to be in the group, a couple of teams hold dance workshops where anyone can attend to learn short pieces, usually between 30 seconds and one minute.

Adam Sotero, a member of the dance team Deja Vu, helped organize a workshop featuring guest teachers from PUSO Modern, Cadence Step Team and Heartbreak Crew.

"The purpose of the workshop was to engage more in the dance community and showcase everyone's different styles," Sotero said. "My favorite part about these events is engaging with other members of the dance community, whether they are old or new friends."

Apart from members of Deja Vu, over 50 people attended the workshop that was held in SAC Ballroom A. The attendees learned two hip-hop pieces and one step dancing piece.

CDT also held three workshop days two weeks ago, featuring teachers from CDT, KBS, and Outburst Dance Company. The workshops focused on K-Pop, hip-hop and urban dance.

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