FSU Trailblazer: Devlin Peck

By Uloop Archives on March 1, 2016

Florida State is home to numerous talented individuals who each better the university and Tallahassee in their own ways. To focus on one in particular, we will be talking about Devlin Peck. Devlin is someone who has dedicated his time to helping freshman transition to university life in the residence halls by being a Resident Assistant, inspiring students to study abroad and learn more about research through teaching an Honors Colloquium and providing insightful on-sight research this summer in the Pacific. Devlin exemplifies and encompasses the Florida State University motto through showing strength, skill, and character in whatever he does on and off campus. To learn more about his life, I interviewed him during the past week.

Q: What is your hometown?
DP: I am from Spring Hill, Florida, which is near Tampa.

Q: What’s your major?
DP: I am studying English Literature and International Affairs

Q: What year of school are you in?
DP: I’m a junior.

Q: Why did you pick your major?
DP: When I first arrived at Florida State, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I took a class in each of my interests: english, psychology, philosophy, and international affairs. My choice was pretty easy after sitting through all of these different classes. My english literature courses were great and I loved the freedom that the international affairs degree offered.

Q: What is your favorite thing about FSU?
DP: I love hanging out on Landis Green when the weather is nice.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
DP: In my spare time I like to read, write, drink coffee, hang out with friends, listen to music, and explore new places.

Q: How would you describe yourself?
DP: I’d describe myself as a highly-motivated student who loves travel and the pursuit of knowledge. I’m always reading something new, I’m currently trying to learn French, and traveling to different countries is one of my top priorities.

Q: What countries are you most interested in traveling to and why?
DP: Well, this summer I am heading to the South Pacific to conduct a research project on Vanuatu literature. I will be spending some time at archives in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji before flying to Vanuatu— which is a small island nation near New Zealand. After graduation I hope that I will have the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree at a university in Paris.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DP: To be honest, I’m not really sure where I see myself in 10 years. I will likely be a few years out of law school, but my experiences between now and then will determine what type of legal work I decide to pursue. I’ve considered doing trial work, working for an international law firm, and maybe even landing an academic job as a legal professor, but we will see what happens. I would also love to have enough experience to open my own firm.

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment during your time at FSU?
DP: My greatest accomplishment while at FSU was definitely finding the funding to study abroad in London for a semester. Since I’m not receiving any financial support from my parents, studying abroad always seemed as if it would be impossible. Determined to find a way to make it work, I visited many different offices around campus and asked if they offered any scholarships for studying abroad. Many of them informed me that they did. After writing several essays, requesting letters of recommendation, submitting transcripts, and waiting for a few months, I found out that I would receive the scholarships I applied for, and that my dream would be turning into a reality.

Q: If you could go back and change something in your time at FSU, would you? If so, what would you change?
DP: This one is easy. I would have started taking French classes my first semester being here. It’s never too early to start learning a language, and I can’t help but think that I would be that much closer to fluency if I had started learning French earlier.

Q: What are some of the things you’re involved with on campus?
DP: This semester I am serving as a Resident Assistant in Landis Hall and as an Honors Colloquium leader. I am also doing a lot of research in preparation for my trip to Vanuatu and my eventual honors thesis on postcolonial literature.

Q: What do you have to do as an Honors Colloquium leader?
DP: I love my position as a colloquium leader. I get to teach a group of 22 incoming honors students about research, service, international experiences, and entrepreneurship. The students I teach are extremely bright–they constantly keep me on my toes and inspire me to provide them with the best information possible.

Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to upcoming freshman, what would it be?
DP: I would advise them to learn another language and to study abroad. Broadening your global awareness and cultural understanding is an amazing way to grow as a person and to expand your mind. I feel like a completely different person than the Devlin that stepped foot on this campus two years ago, and I owe a lot of my growth to the time that I spent abroad.

Q: Is there anything you would like to add that I might not have thought to ask you?
DP: Having come to Florida State with a lot of credits from AP and Dual Enrollment classes, I did a lot of thinking about graduating early. Looking back, I couldn’t be happier that I decided to stay here for the full four years. This university has so much to offer and, if it’s possible financially, there’s no reason not to accomplish as much as possible and get as much as you can out of the undergraduate experience.

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