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First-generation college student Tara Palin was initially unsure what college she wanted to attend. What drew her to Florida State University was the challenging academic curriculum, exuberant school spirit and some distance from her hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida, which would help her facilitate the transition into adulthood.
“I saw college as an opportunity for me to step outside my comfort zone and begin to discover who I am as a person,” Palin said. “FSU has a very supportive and friendly student body. Every day, I am surrounded by influential and intelligent young individuals I am lucky enough to call my friends and push me to pursue my dreams.”