Philip Drohat

“As a freshman, I enjoyed getting to help improve campus in such a tangible way, and I liked that I was learning solely from my peers and mentors. What I found I liked even more was being the one to help teach the new guys the ropes of student government, but also teach them lessons that would apply to whatever they did on or off campus. Seeing this past freshman class grow over the course of a year and move on to be leaders all across campus and in their community has shown me the impact of FLC, and is what is driving me to come back for my third year!”

Meera Patel

“I enjoyed being on FLC because it gave me a purpose. I had a group of people that cared about me and wanted me to be there. I made friends among a group of diverse individuals that shared a common interest for improvement. FLC taught me so much about owning and executing leadership skills that it opened so many more opportunities for me to act upon. Without FLC, I would not be the person I am today and I am forever grateful for what I have learned from my project coordinators and fellow members. It is definitely an experience that will carry on with me forever.”

2017-2018 Cohort

Sophia Gomez

"I loved being a part of FLC because it introduced me to a group of students early on in my college career who were driven and excited to make UM a better place. Being surrounded by people with these qualities, I felt motivated as well to do my part as well for our school. As a freshman it was refreshing to already have twenty-four familiar faces to see around campus, and I know that even after FLC is finished and in the years to come that I will have my FLC family to rely on."

2016-2017 Cohort

Dana Franco

"I remember looking around at the first FLC meeting, not knowing a soul or what I had signed up for, and feeling so intimidated. Little did I know at the time, this group of 24 strangers would become such a central part of my college experience. Even though my project never quite came to fruition, FLC gave me some of my best friends, mentors, memories, and the confidence I needed (and desperately lacked) to go out and discover who I was as a Cane."

Jessica Bayuk

"Going into college, I knew I wanted to be apart of Student Government. Being an athlete, I have to be very selective with my time and other activities outside of practice and games. FLC not only allowed me to be a part of something other than athletics, but it also allowed me to be a part of something bigger than myself. Throughout my year on FLC, I was able to complete two projects: "Buddies at Bat" and "Hurricane Holiday Gift Drive". Both of these events were a huge success, bringing attention to student government and various causes. Because of my time in FLC, I was able to make lasting friendships and gain important skills."

2015-2016 Cohort

Ishtpreet Singh

Led 2015-2016 as Vice-President

"Leading FLC as Vice President of Student Government was one of the most meaningful experiences I had while at the University of Miami. Being surrounded by freshman interested in making campus a better place was as inspiring as it was tough—and it wouldn't be lying to say that I learned more from them than they learned from me. From the first days of them being nervous about joining a new group to the strong sense of family that our cohort has now built, it’s humbling to see the paths each of them have taken since their freshman days—and I can't thank them enough for their engagement, passion, and love for the U."

Alex Klar

"I loved being part of FLC for the community. College is interesting because you move to a new place and meet people and make a lot of friends randomly, so it was nice to be put in a room with other people that all had applied and wanted to work together for a similar mission. It gave the group a certain esteem that brought us together and made us close. Plus, all of the leadership building and bonding activities gave me some of my best friends from UM. I also gained a lot from just getting to know the ins and outs of how campus life operates."

2014-2015 Cohort

Coleman Reardon

I loved being a part of FLC because it gave me some of my very first friends at UM. From my early days as a Miami Hurricane, I was surrounded by like-minded people who were looking to discover how they could be a leader on our campus and find their place within our Hurricane Family. FLC was a great way to introduce me to so many of the resources and traditions at UM through the mentors who worked with our group. I used my time on FLC to shape my involvements after Freshmen year and some of the friendships I made while a Freshmen on FLC remain some of my closest friendships to this day.

2013-2014 Cohort

Adrianna Ortega

"FLC was the first group I joined at UM. I thought to myself "oh, I did student government in high school. I'll just sign up again!" I had no idea how great of an experience it would be at the time. FLC was a brand new committee in Student Government when I joined, so we were kind of like the guinea pigs that helped to shape it. My memories of FLC aren't about the projects I helped out with, but the family I made. The relationships you make, both in FLC and SG, will be there for the rest of your years at UM and really in life. Whether you struggled through 8 AM meetings with each other, bonded over stories from the previous weekend, or made fun of the playlists someone would put on to get us excited, FLC will really help you form those first lifetime friendships at the University of Miami."