July 8, 2014
The Florida State Athletic Department recently held their Summer Bridge program for incoming student-athletes. Sixty two student-athletes from the sports of cross country, baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, softball, men's and women's track and field, soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, and women's tennis took part in the week long immersion into life as a Florida State student-athlete.
The summer bridge program is a yearly collaborative effort between Student-Athlete Academic Services, Student Services, Compliance, the Athletic Training departments, and FSU Orientation.
Social cohesion, learning the "ropes" of campus life, and getting familiar with the various Athletic Department functions all take place during summer bridge week. This helps ease transition to life not only as an FSU student, but also provides programming specific to the additional demands placed on an FSU student-athlete.
The student-athletes take part in the Orientation sessions that all incoming Florida State students attend including meeting with their respective major advisors to select their summer and fall class schedules.
Student-athlete specific seminars were conducted on such topics as: Athletic Eligibility, the FSU Career Center, Learning Support Services, Money Management, NCAA Compliance, Time Management, and Sexual Responsibility.
Faculty from Anthropology, Biology, English, History, and Sport Management volunteered their time to serve on a panel for a discussion of instructor expectations and tips on how to be a successful college student.
The Athletic Training staff provided a nutrition dinner to discuss proper dietary needs for a collegiate athlete, while on the final Friday a campus wide scavenger hunt was a great opportunity to learn campus and compete as teams comprised of members from the various sports. To wrap up the week the student-athletes had a chance both to relax and compete again: this time with a trip to Crenshaw Lanes for a bowling outing!