College students "Experience Tallahassee" at annual event

Published: Jan. 12, 2019 at 11:36 PM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

January 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Music, food and fun; some of the many things people experienced at the annual Experience Tallahassee Festival.

Local universities including FAMU and FSU partnered with the Knight Creative Communities Institute to bridge the gap between college students and the community.

FSU student Cassie Nicolace said, "I haven't seen anything like this yet so I'm excited to see the local businesses come out."

Cassie says that for people like her who are not from the area, events like these make her feel welcome.

She points out, "It's a great way to get students to kind of feel like Tallahassee is their home away from home.”

With everything from souvenirs to the arts, College of Fine Arts student Haley Walters says it’s a great way to showcase neighborhood businesses and organizations.

"Everyone is just out here kind of just seeing what Tallahassee has to offer,” Walters said.

Beyond the goodies and memorabilia, students can learn about possible career opportunities, as well.

Sabrina Beall, a member of KCCI, thinks it can help students practice their networking skills while also considering Tallahassee as a place of work for life after graduation.

Beall says, "We really want to get the whole community together to kind of celebrate what makes Tallahassee great and why we love Tallahassee."

KCCI wants to inform students of the different career options in town, as well as things to do outside of campus life. They're hoping that after attending Experience Tallahassee, students will establish a love for the Capital City.

Sabrina mentions, "It shows Tallahassee as a whole, all we are, who we are, and we are out here celebrating our community, which I love."