Sydney's First Semester

Sydney’s First Semester

You’ve no doubt wondered what your first year at Rollins will look like. Wouldn’t it be great to fast-forward a few months and experience your first fall semester on America’s most beautiful campus? Well, we have the next best thing. Back in August, we asked Sydney Brown ’21, an incoming first-year student from Stuart, Florida, to document her first semester experience at Rollins. From a look inside Sydney’s first classes to a service trip to Fort Lauderdale, get a behind-the-scenes look at everything your first Rollins semester has to offer through Sydney’s Snapchat stories.


Tag along as Sydney gets settled into life at Rollins during first-year orientation. Check in on the Fraternity & Sorority Life Pool Party then go behind the scenes of Candlewish, one of Rollins’ coolest traditions.

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Head to sunny Fort Lauderdale for the weekend as Sydney dives into her first Immersion experience. Watch Sydney and her classmates revitalize some of the hangout spaces at SunServe, a center for LGBTQ youth, and get a sneak peek at the power of Rollins’ alternative break program.

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A day in the (incredibly busy) life

From a stroll along Lake Virginia and lunch on Park Avenue to volunteering at Zebra Coalition and the weekly student government meeting, try and keep up as Sydney walks you through her jam-packed schedule.

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Inside academics

Go behind the scenes of a Rollins classroom as Sydney and her fellow Tars prepare for finals. Meet political science professor Mike Gunter, and check out debate team practice with philosophy professor Eric Smaw. Then find out how Rollins’ general education curriculum allows Sydney and her classmates to explore their passions.

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Reflection and Anticipation

As Sydney heads into winter break, she reflects back on her first semester and looks forward to everything spring semester has in store. In between trips to the beach and Benihana, find out what Sydney was most nervous about before starting college and how Rollins helped her find her place and passion right away.

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