Oct. 27, 2009
For the first time ever, a female Florida State student-athlete has been named to the FSU Homecoming Court. Melanie Cabassol, a senior diver on the Florida State Swimming and Diving Team. Make sure to vote for Homecoming Princess on October 28th, 2009.
Anyone with a valid FSU ID can vote from 8am – 6pm by clicking here.
Academic Achievements (Awards, Academic Honor Societies, Internships, etc.)
Extra-curricular and community service activities:
Community Service involvements:
What have you gained personally from your involvement with these activities and volunteering? How has your involvement impacted the Florida State University community?
Being a student-athlete here at Florida State University is truly a blessing and it is quite an honor to compete nationally representing our University on an athletic playing field. However being a True Seminole is more than what you can do out in the pool or on the courts, it is about the motivation to reach out to your community, excelling within your academic program, and representing “our brand” as Seminoles. I have felt what it is to stand as an ACC finalist, one of the most sought after positions in the championship competition but that happiness comes nothing close to the fulfillment I have after giving back to the children of Leon County. Some our biggest fans but yet when I see the excitement in the eyes of the kids I mentor I am taken back to reality. We are blessed as athletes to have the support and resources to carry us throughout the year but some of these kids have nothing to go home to. Being involved in service events is such a humbling experience. I live each day thinking of the influence and impact that I can make not only on our campus but also in our community.
Acknowledging our mistakes as an athletic department in terms of academic misconduct, I have made it my obligation to turn our image around. We have suffered the consequences and lost respect from our fans, now it is in our hands to reach back to the community and get more involved within campus to show what we are worth. With my involvements I know I have helped our department turn the gears into the right direction. I have put everything out on the line to keep the general student body aware of what good can come from Florida State Athletics in hopes to better unify our campus organizations.
What qualities do you possess that would make you a good representative of FSU as a member of 2009 Homecoming Court?
I am afraid to admit that as a whole the Florida State Athletics Department is a very underserved population, but as I mentioned previously it has been my goal and intention to change that perspective of our student-athletes. Although I know I can not possibly do that alone, over the past year I have been able to help mold and grow future leaders of our program. With the ability to lead, listen, and work with others I strongly believe that we can find unity within all campus organizations.
As a member of the 2009 Homecoming Court I know this would just bring me one step closer to that goal. I would bring diversity to the finely selected group of candidates. In fact, there has never been a student-athlete represented on homecoming court. As athletes we are taught to embrace our past and the individuals that came before us. Our facilities, coaches, and resources have only been granted to us because of the vision and motivation that our alumni had for the future of the program. This is something that I feel passionate about, something that I feel could change the history of our department. Being on the 2009 homecoming court would open our eyes to a new horizon of opportunities.