Meredith Warren of the AF Blog Committee interviewed her Senior Advisor, Eric Crosier and found out alot about Eric’s passion: surfing and some interesting tidbits no one really knows!

Meredith Warren:  Where are you from?

Eric Crosier:  I was born in Ruskin Florida but moved to Tallahassee in 1972.  I love it here.

welcome to ruskin

MW:  Me too!  So, I know you attended Florida State University but what was your degree in?

EC:   My undergraduate degree is in Social Science Education and I’ll be concluding my Master’s in      International Comparative Education the Spring.

MW: Wow, that’s wonderful.  Sounds like a pretty specific program.

EC: No it’s actually quite the opposite.

MW: Gotcha, so when you were growing up what career did you see yourself in?

EC: None.  My first job out of high school was working for a potter, I found it on Craigslist.

hands of a potter, creating an earthen jar on the circle
hands of a potter…can you picture Eric getting down and dirty as a potter!:)

MW: If you were to describe your job to someone that knew nothing about advising, where would you begin?

EC: Hmm, I align Freshmen values, interests, and skills with the proper major.


MW: Do you have a humorous or memorable student story you’d like to share?

EC: One of my favorite stories involves a student named Zander Nichols.   Zander started the Kowasa Clothing Company.

 The company sells apparel with original designs from Zander and his Kowasa team.  The other two main contributors to Kowasa are his friends Joel (exercise Science major) and Connor (Management major).  They’ve done really well for themselves, they bought an old school bus, gutted it and turned it into a pop up store they drove all over the East coast.  They also came staffed, directed, and edited a video for the brand.  (To see the bus and the video, please click on the link below)

He was one of my Exploratory students who had a clear idea of his interests and what he wanted to do career wise but wasn’t sure which major would suit him best.  After Exploratory, he moved to Retail Merchandising and Product Development decided the BFA program would be the best suited for him.  He’ll graduate with his degree this Spring.  We meet up for coffee and chat quite often.  I think we’ll definitely stay in touch once he graduates and I look forward to seeing what he’ll do next.


MW: Wow, that’s an awesome video, the cinematography and music are so dreamlike.  And now Eric, off to the tough questions…In the biopic of your life, who would you like to play you?

EC: I don’t follow celebrities, you know all of the magazines in the checkout line at the grocery store?  I don’t know who any of those people are.  So I guess no one, or wait, Laird Hamilton.

MW: (I nervously giggle at this point realizing I absolutely know what’s going on with Gwen Stefani’s divorce, where George and Amal Clooney recently vacationed, along with updates on all of The Real Housewives, but I have no idea who Laird Hamilton is.  For anyone else unsure about Laird Hamilton, please click on the link below.)

Another interesting fact about Mr. Hamilton, he’s married to FSU alumnus and volleyball great, Gabrielle Reece.


MW: Okay, next question might be a tough one, surf or skate?  You can only do one or the other for the rest of your life, which one?

EC: Surf

MW: Wow that was quick.

EC: Yes, I only skate because I can’t surf every day. (It’s an accessibility issue)

MW: Well that makes sense.  Last question, Point Break—love or hate?

EC: The old or new one?

MW: There’s a new Point Break?

EC: Yes, and I won’t see it in theatres, but the old Point Break is a classic.


MW: I agree. Thanks so much agreeing to this interview.

EC: Sure. Would you like to check out one of those surf videos I mentioned earlier?

MW: Of course!!