If the aim of the game is to keep below radar, and pass through college with a face religiously planted in the books and hold court with a handful of friends from high school, then FIU is not for you. The growling panthers of FIU encompasses what it means to be bold, daring and drives you to be your best you. Timidness will find no solace within the panther nation. It is not enough to be a good student and get on by, just showing up to classes, grabbing lunch and heading back to the dorms or your house. FIU is a home and for a student who cannot grasp this concept, FIU is not the place to be. A home is built around a family, but FIU's family is unlike any other. It comprises of brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, that surely many will look different from you in attitudes and achievements, color and culture, temperament and tenacity. So get accustomed to different, because that is what FIU about, difference and distinction. FIU is on a path building greatness to move from out of the shadows of the legacies of the Ivy leagues and centuries old institutions. To do this it seeks not for the highest GPAs, moreover it hunts for a person willing to build a nation through academics but also engagement. This is the prestige that FIU panthers seek to accomplish and that should be your goal too.