If you’ve seen my social media platforms in the past week, you probably know about my post-grad plans. I will be attending Florida State University to pursue a Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration.
Words can't accurately describe how excited I am for this next stage of my life. Over the course of four years, this place has taken me from an overwhelmed 17-year-old kid, to what I’d like to think is an almost fully functioning adult. I will always have love for Chapel Hill and North Carolina as a whole, but it’s time for me to go.
When I started the grad school application process, I never envisioned I would be going to another large sports school. I was even more sure that I would not end up at another ACC school. I obviously knew that ending up at Florida State would be a possible reality. I mean, I applied there, didn’t I? Regardless, I wasn’t prepared for my current conundrum.
After attending UNC for four years and our football team achieving not much in that time frame besides the ACC Coastal Division championship in 2015, I’m excited to be attending a football school for once. However, Florida State’s mascot, to be frank, is a problem for me.
Florida State’s mascot, for those unaware, is the Seminole. Yep, you guessed it. The mascot is in reference to the Seminole Native American tribe. Over the years, white male students have performed blatantly racist caricatures of Native Americans before football games. In 1977, the mascot was refined to pay tribute to Osceola, the famed Seminole leader. With the support and assistance from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the new Osceola mascot debuted in 1978. Game time traditions like the tomahawk chop and war chant continue to this day.