The Miami campus site of today’s Florida International University treats students like Christopher Best to lush vegetation, multiple lakes, a nature preserve with palm arboretum and over 90 campus buildings. Construction continues on the campus, named University Park long ago, with the addition of parking garages, the Health Sciences Building and the School of International and Public Affairs. The emphasis at Florida International University today has switched from growth in degree programs and student enrollment to improving the quality of the academic programs which currently exist, including working to provide adequate facilities and classroom space. Despite a vote by the FIU Board of Trustees to rename the traditional University Park campus the Modesto Maidique Campus in 2009, the name University Park has continued to be used by both alumni and current students alike, in homage to the development of the University from humble beginnings as a small, local airport to an international institution today.
Christopher Best is currently a graduate student in Florida International University’s College of Business, where he is on track to complete his Master of Science in Finance in December of 2016. Well acquainted with Florida International University, Best attended FIU to earn his Bachelor of Science in Music, and then his Master of Science in Music, preparatory to beginning his first career as a music instructor and band director through certification with the Florida State Department of Education. After pursuing his entrepreneurial private music instruction business for 10 years, Best was hooked by the management of finances, and is now preparing to switch careers.