"Worlds Ahead" - that has been the slogan of Florida International University since I enrolled four years ago. To be honest, I didn't really understand what it meant when I was a freshman. I was more concerned with trying to figure out what I wanted to be, make friends, and pass my classes. I didn't realize that this motto was actually an essential value being instilled in me from day one. So what does it mean to be worlds ahead? It means the vision you have for your life sees beyond a good job. Worlds ahead means you know the value of diversity and are eager to embrace it in every aspect of your life.
I came into FIU thinking I knew what I wanted. Pass my classes, get my degree, and get a job. It didn't take too long for me to see it wasn't going to be that simple. College is not a drive through where you pick what you want, pay your bill, and haul out. Making the choice to pursue higher education is so much more than picking a major. Even more than being motivated or developing a skill set. Sure, these things are important for a student in any college. However, an FIU student must be ready to embrace that their path goes beyond a degree or profitable career. An FIU law student doesn't graduate with their future 401K in mind but with a passion to bring justice to those who need it. An FIU computer science student doesn't just want to work for Google, they want to empower young minds with ground breaking ideas. FIU students understand that the path we choose has the potential to impact more lives than we ever thought imaginable.
Students coming into FIU should be wide-eyed and open to diversity. Every day on campus, I encountered more and more people from different walks of life. Whether meeting teachers that were African and Middle Eastern, or students who were Hindu or Rastafarian, the notion that the world is becoming a much smaller place proved to be a fact. FIU is truly an international university and I love it. I'm proud to have friends with different world views than mine, different traditions and cultures than mine. More importantly, I am prepared to adapt my skills in organizational communication and marketing to various cultures because my university has enabled me to do so. This is true for all FIU alumni. As the globalization of society continues to expand, FIU encourages its students to be well equipped in their studies and career.
The type of student that should attend Florida International University is motivated by influence, not income. They understand that the uniqueness of individuals are valuable to reaching their goals. They are agents of change; a force of diversity and awareness in our generation. No matter the state in which they entered, the type of student that should attend FIU, is determined to leave better, not just for themselves, but for the worlds ahead.