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3 out of 5
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Degree: English Language and Literature, General
Graduation Year: 2000

Overall, I am grateful for the education I received at F.I.U. My core courses fully developed my writing skills and challenged me academically to reach and attain more for myself. Subsequently, this was the first time I personally was made aware of the color of my skin. Miami is such a diverse cultural city and my skin color did not matter. However, while attending F.I.U. this changed with professor Suggs; who constantly reminded me of this. Whenever, I volunteered to critique a writer in class, he overlooked me and would not allow me to speak. It was not until an African American writer's work was discussed would he call on me despite the fact, I never volunteered to critique the author's work. Additionally, when we had to read our work to the class, my peers in the course would applaud my insightful analysis of the paper which I always managed to receive a "B" plus on. Several students noticed that my papers never had any of his red corrections on them or comments; yet, I received the grade mentioned previously. To top it off, other students who were not African American whose papers had red marks everywhere always received "A's". My peers who noticed the discrepancy (of my color) told me to speak up and ask his rationale for the grade. I did. Sadly, he marked "that is the grade you earned." I did take the matter up with the Dean of the Arts and Science but because I was schedule to graduate in the summer if I were to pursue and challenge the grade in the course, my credit would be withheld pending the results of the case and I would not graduate on time. I withdrew my case because I had secured a teaching position at Arvida Middle School. I do now regret not pursuing the case, because I know in my heart I was penalized for the color of my skin. All in all, professor Sugg's actions we his alone, and do not take away anything from F.I.U.'s academic institution.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

Florida International University was my home for five years. Had it not been for FIU's ability to provide a variety of degrees, minors and certifications outside of a specific field, I would not have been able to obtain my bachelor's degree in Psychology, minor in Occupational Therapy and certificate in Speech and Language Pathology. Pursing my degree in Psychology opened doors to endless branches of career options. I was able to fall in love with Speech and Language Pathology because of the many courses offered as a Psychology major that opened my interest towards individuals with difficulties communicating. Courses such as " Child development" , " Children's Learning" and "Introduction to Communication Disorders" invited me to walk in the direction I was always meant to follow. What excites me to share with you is how one degree track opens doors to many others. As a Psychology major, I was already in the study of human thinking and truly enjoyed the teaching methods of my Professors. Taking courses that introduced me towards the more hands-on, and more one-on-one interaction with others such as Occupational therapy interested me to pursue a minor. Finally, after learning how passionate I had become about pursuing a career in Speech and Language Pathology, I acquired my certificate in the program and was able to graduate with all three degree tracks under my belt. FIU pushed me left and right, allowing me to experience so much and opened my eyes to so many possibilities that I left the institution confident and ready to pursue my Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology on August 2017.

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Degree: French Language and Literature
Graduation Year: 2016

I appreciate my experiences at FIU overall. I believe the French department prepared me for the French master's degree I would like to pursue this upcoming fall. One of the aspects of the French major at FIU that is beneficial is the cultural activities. Certain courses require you to have a number of French cultural activites: club meetings, museum visits, volunteering events, etc. Another beneficial aspect is Pi Delta Phi. It is a national French honors society through which you can gain other French related experiences. In short, I enjoyed my time as a French student at FIU and I look forward to seeing how else it will positively affect me in the future. Bonne chance tous ! :)

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Degree: French Language and Literature
Graduation Year: 2017

Florida International University is a wonderful school that allows its students to broaden their interests and experience more diversity. The French program is especially wonderful because students get to work closely with professors and have greater opportunities to understand and explore more materials related to linguistics and literature.

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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2016

FIU is the kind of school in which you can get lost and often you feel like you are just a series of numbers. It is up to each student to make the campus feel like home away from home, especially for the few that will be living out of the dorms. FIU is a very large university and is mostly a commuter school, which means that at the end of the day we pack up and go home, in most cases to our families. FIU is an incredibly strong university in terms of diversity, and I dare say that the least represented group is that of white, non-hispanics. This school provides you with a truly fantastic mixture of individuals from all paths of life, coming from countries most people have not even heard of before. FIU also tries to get students involved in anything and everything and this I truly recommend because it helps you find your niche and reduces the +56,000 students to just a few thousands. Professors are not looking to baby you and you will be held responsible for your shortcomings; however you will also be endlessly recognized for your successes. Professors will regard you as a fellow scholar if you give them reason to believe you truly are dedicated to your field. You will meet many graduate students and they will write the most amazing recommendation letters for you when the time comes. Students develop affinities for certain professors and are able to take as many classes with these scholars as they want. The curriculum is varied and there is no shortage of opportunities, but you have to want it and pursue it like your life depends on it. You must show yourself to be worthy of help and time, but that is just how life works. All in all, I love my school with all my heart.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

Overall I recommend the Graduate Certificate Program for any students applying to medical school throughout a transition year. It emulates FIU HWCOM's first year medical school curriculum and prepares students for the rigors of medical school. The courses are taught by medical school faculty and at the level of medical school exams. We even took the NBME subject exams that medical students across the nation take, and in some cases the average of our class was higher than the national average. Apart from the rigorous academic criteria, we learn invaluable professionalism aspects that help us in interviews and in professional life. The professionalism classes helped in understanding ethical aspects of medicine as well as differences in insurance and health systems. This program is great for a transition/preparation year, but it should be noted that this program is extremely challenging; this is absolutely nothing like undergraduate classes. I recommend whoever enters this program apply to other medical schools and not have all of their eggs in one basket since medical school admissions is competitive. Overall, this program is great in preparing you for medical school and I highly recommend it!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2014

Great professors and online learning was very convenient, while still getting the same level of commitment from professors and peers as courses taken on campus. The degree really helped me achieve many career goals and obtain the position I wanted to be able to have once I graduated.

4 out of 5
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Degree: International Relations and Affairs
Graduation Year: 2017

Florida International University is an amazing learning institution based in South Florida. The diversity of the student body, the welcoming environment, and the hard working faculty made my college experience an amazing one. FIU helped give me the tools I needed to finish my undergraduate and get accepted into law school with a scholarship. The present administration has continuously worked to see how they can make FIU a better university by incorporating more and more programs that benefit the students. FIU truly fits their motto of being "worlds ahead".

4 out of 5
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2013

Florida International University is overall a great school with an ever expanding campus, and programs that are striving to go beyond the needs of today's society. The programs are ranking higher every year. I went back to FIU to get my MBA and I am extremely satisfied with the quality of the professors. They are teaching me skills that I am already applying on my day-to-day activities.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

I attended Florida International University as a Biology major. At FIU, there are so many opportunities being sent to you as a student. I have gotten so much information regarding internships I could apply to, jobs, shadowing, and research. I was even approached by a TA and asked to join a research group (although this doesn't happen often; you normally have to apply). You have so many opportunities to bulk up your resume as a student here, and the advisers are always willing to help or give you advice. Also I feel like I've gotten a great, well-rounded education here and feel pretty confidant going into graduate school.

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