By: Charlene Cristobal
August 21, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- "Before coming here, I was kind of shy, really. I was a leader, but I was kind of starting to doubt my abilities," said incoming FSU freshman Jonas Baptiste.
Coming from South Florida, he had no idea what Florida State would be like, so he decided to take part in the Student Leadership Seminar. It's a 5 day program that throws students into the community and helps them focus on community service and leadership skills.
"I've seen a lot so far through SLS," said incoming freshman Keanu Jackson. "I feel like, I would have had a very different perspective on the town if I wasn't involved in it. Like, I've been able to see so many great things and I've seen so many helpful and charismatic people...and I've just fallen in love with this town."
Students got to volunteer at places like The Sharing Tree, Children's Home Society, Red Cross and other business. All to make an impact in the community before they make an impact in the classroom.
"It's very important," said Kathy Good, a volunteer at The Sharing Tree. "We don't make much money, so we can't afford to hire a lot of people to do the kinds of things that they are doing. They are filling a really important niche."
Along with learning to be leaders and working together, they also made new friends along the way.
"I'm going to take away confidence, team work capabilities, as well as leadership," said Baptiste. "I'm really confident right now and I feel that I will be successful."
The program will officially end on Friday, giving the students enough time to enjoy the weekend before hitting the book on Monday.
If you'd like more information on the program visit the FSU Center for Leadership and Social Change website.