Jacklyn Washington

Florida Southern College is determined to make sure its students have a memorable spring break each and every year by providing them with the opportunity to serve the community and take unique trips in Central Florida.

Through different trips scheduled throughout the week, a spring break spent at Florida Southern’s Discover Florida events are meant to keep students busy. This year, the school’s Discover Florida program offered two experiences for students to partake in.

Over spring break there was a service opportunity open for those staying in the area to participate in and spend their break giving back.

On March 5, FSC students headed to the Boy Scout Camp in Lake Wales. While there, the Mocs helped to paint, clear trails, and work on other general repair tasks.

Students were hard at work helping the Boy Scouts one painted bridge at a time. There were some extracurricular events going on during Spring Break as well.

On March 6, the Mocs headed to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park. The park is described as a one-time ski resort that melted into a watery wonderland complete with slushy ski slopes including one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides.

Freshman Emilea Wilson says she was impressed by how organized and well planned the trip was with so many college students attending.

“I love to go on Discover Florida trips when I have the time or I have a freed up day,” Wilson said. “I think it’s a great way for students to not only visit places around Florida, but also get out of the school for a little bit and do something fun they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.”

For those that prefer a national park over a water park, Discover Florida had something in store as well. For only $15, students were able to connect with what really makes someone a Floridian – holding an alligator.

Wild Florida in Kenansville offered participants an airboat tour of Florida’s wetlands, an encounter with a baby alligator and a tour of a local wildlife park.

The Mocs are also known for their compassion and love for giving back to the community around them.

This was visible in all the philanthropic events organized by different organizations across campus as well as all of the Mocs Give Back days sponsored by the Student Government Association.

While spring break for many was for catching extra z’s, others were involved with service or exploratory projects.


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