Jun   2019



How I Found My Perfect College Fit

CollegeXpress Student Writer, Florida Southern College

At a very young age, I realized my struggles would help mold me into the person I would become. The major obstacle I’ve had to overcome throughout my life is chronic motor tic disorder. My tics have been with me in good times and bad, whether I wanted them to be or not. But they’ve also driven me to become more motivated and persistent—and even helped me find my perfect college and career fit.

Since my tics sometimes impair my ability to focus on or complete a task in the time I want, I set short- and long-term goals that are vital to my success. Some of my short-term goals are to start a bullet journal, apply for scholarships, and get a summer job. My long-term goal is to graduate from Florida Southern College with a Healthcare Administration major and Business minor.

I was inspired to help others through a job in health care as a result of dealing with my tics. I’ve had both great and awful experiences with health care workers. The good ones showed me positive things about health care, and the bad ones showed me ways the industry can be improved.

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After graduating from college, I plan to work in hospice administration. There are a couple reasons I want to work in this field. One was hearing from someone who works in a hospice facility—she talked about what hospice care is, how it works, and some of her personal experiences on the job. Another reason is that as my relatives are getting older, I want them to maintain a good quality of life. I want to help them and the many others who are getting close to the end of their lives to have the best quality of life possible.

Finding my college

Florida Southern attracted me for a few different reasons. The first was its location. I live about an hour away from the school, and this helps me stay close to home. I enjoy going home on some weekends to see my family and friends. I’m also very involved in my home church, so it’s important to me that I’m able to come home for some Sunday services.

The second reason is the amount of financial aid students receive from the school. Around 98% of students receive institutional financial aid. This is equivalent to over $35 million annually in scholarships or grants and over $60 million in overall financial aid.

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The third reason is the campus and community. The school has become like a home to me. No matter where you go on campus, employees are happy to help you. They even become some of your friends. For example, there is a security officer who always comes into the Fannin Center (the campus ministries building) to check in on everyone.

The last reason is that the Healthcare Administration program at Florida Southern is one of the best in the state. The Business school is AACSB accredited, which is achieved by less than 5% of schools worldwide. There is also an internship coordinator who works exclusively for the Business department, and you are guaranteed an internship.

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Even though I’ve only attended FSC for one semester, it feels like I’m meant to be there. The small class sizes help me get to know my professors and give me plenty of opportunities to meet with them. I also feel that all my professors want to help me succeed, especially my faculty advisor. She has answered many questions I’ve had about my field and what I could do in the future with my education and experiences.

The final aspect of the school I like is the community. It’s easy to get to know people because of the number of events held on campus. These are all conveniently located on an app, so you can access the calendar at all times. Once I started to go to my school’s events, I quickly found myself involved in campus ministries, which I love being a part of. It was much easier than I anticipated to connect with others and make many new friends.

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About Noah D. Valletutti

Noah D. Valletutti

My name is Noah Valletutti, and I am currently pursuing a Healthcare Administration degree at Florida Southern College. I have always enjoyed writing, and I thought it would be fun to share with others! I am also a huge geek/nerd and may hide references in some of my writings.

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