Fear Not the CSER Office

Written by Andrew Morin

Hello, all.  I am Andrew, the new writing intern for the Career Services and Employer Relations office.

This is my whirlwind of a first impression of an office that can be seen as frightening, but ultimately isn’t.  This office offers so much to students, and I am so new to it, that this post will barely scratch the office’s surface.  And this post isn’t meant to scratch the surface, but merely look at the surface, which alone is something that many of us students find difficult.

I, a commuter, had only been at FSU for a year when I stepped into the CSER office, so, in my naiveté, the office was as anxiety provoking as any other FSU office.

There’s two things you notice upon stepping inside the peculiar CSER office.  First, foremost, and any other extreme word for being the immediate and blatant thing one notices, the staff are exceedingly nice.  Exceedingly.  Amongst the—now, this is the second thing you notice—surely hectic atmosphere of students and staff swooping in and out, the constant closing and opening of doors, the feverish typing of emails, you’ll be kindly greeted by Wendy at the front desk, who will courteously help you in any way she can.  “Have a seat, want any candy? Water? Or Tea?”

And while you may feel as though this hospitality is a show, (and believe me, I also had had my suspicions), after being in this office for over a week, I assure you, it is no show.  And if you think the comfortability stops there at the front desk, I assure you, it does not.  Wendy is just at the frontline, the harbinger, there to give you your bearing for your travels across the calm seas that are the CSER.  From Wendy to the always-helpful career counselors, to the director Dawn Ross, everyone is astoundingly amicable and accessible.  So, as far as there being any reasonable intimidation that you might feel regarding a visit to the CSER, I stress, it is not reasonable.

Once you’ve overcome any fear of entering the office, it may be appropriate to check out the wall of various flyers and handouts to get a sense of the scope of what the office offers us students.  Resumes, internships, job search tools, etc.  This is where your mind may start to become a bit unhinged, perhaps?  Fear not the CSER office, for even this worry of pure “Oh my gosh” can be gently tended to by the caring career counselors.

Just like the rest of you, I have a lot to learn about the CSER office.  I will continue this blog, posting about the CSER office and its various facets.  This being my first post, I thought it fitting to address one’s first impressions of the office, first impressions which can perhaps leave us a bit unnerved.  There are questions many of us have that can be answered, or we can at least be guided to an answer, by just stopping by the CSER and making an appointment.  I implore you to drop by and see for yourself just how helpful and not-scary the CSER office is.