Student Clubs at Full Sail
Published on Aug 8, 2018 by Full Sail University
Full Sail’s clubs and organizations cover everything from creative writing to cosplay.
With dozens of different active groups on campus – ranging from Collegiate DECA and Grammy U to the Cosplay Club and the service-oriented Pure Motivation – students at Full Sail University not only have ample opportunity to network with others who share their interests, but also gain valuable insight into the careers they want to pursue. Read on to learn more about a few of the student groups at Full Sail.
Making a difference in the community has always been a priority at Full Sail. Pure Motivation, our volunteer group, gives students and staff the chance to make an impact through special events and charities. In the past, Pure Motivation has partnered with Special Olympics, Second Harvest Food Bank, March of Dimes, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, among others.
“We attempt to get involved at all levels and be of service in whatever way our community asks,” says staff sponsor Stacy O’Mara. “We were recently involved in the Feeding Children Everywhere event that was specifically dedicated to assist the folks in Puerto Rico. So, when various things happen, we try to be of service in whatever way we can.”
Full Sail students banded together in November 2013 to launch their own Cosplay Club, and have since gathered for a number of events on campus and in the community. In addition to their monthly meetings, these cosplayers have also been active with outside events – with trips to Orlando’s Megacon, Spooky Empire, and more.
In 2014, Full Sail’s chapter of the Collegiate DECA was brought to campus by Jackie Otero, program manager for our Entertainment Business and Music Business programs. Since then, the group's members have won numerous regional and state competitions.
Founded in the 1950s, DECA is a nationally recognized club designed to unite future business leaders. This chapter is open to students from any of our degrees, and Jackie stresses the importance of aligning it with those interested in the business side of their field. “DECA’s a recognized brand and it’s a really good thing to tie your name to in the business world,” she says. “Once you’re in that club it’s a shared experience. There’s all these chapters around Florida in the college division and it’s a great way to network.”
International Student Society
The goal of the International Student Society is to support Full Sail’s diverse international student population. What began just a few years ago as a small social group now includes over 1,000 members who participate in a mixture of recreational and career-oriented events.
The ISS is composed of online and campus students from dozens of countries, including the United States. The group regularly hosts open meetings (to share ideas and provide feedback), social activities (such as mini-golf, bowling, and movie outings), monthly mentorship orientations (for students interested in becoming ISS mentors), and family-style holiday celebrations.
The Grammy University Network (more commonly referred to as Grammy U) is the perfect organization for students looking to pursue a career in the music industry. A division of the National Academy of Recording Sciences (NARAS), Grammy U was created to provide students with a forum for networking outside of the classroom.
Members enjoy a variety of benefits, including access to Florida Recording Academy Chapter events, volunteer opportunities in the music industry, and the ability to network with professionals not just as a student, but as a Recording Academy member and industry professional. Students have the opportunity to meet with some of the industry’s top producers, engineers, musicians, entertainment lawyers, A&R reps, artist managers, and others who are a part of the organization.