A University of Florida Student Shares Her Advice

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When you think of Florida, certain things probably come to mind oranges, the ocean and sunny skies for miles. Well, it’s also got a lot going for it in terms of academics twelve state universities, twenty eight community colleges and various private institutions leave scholars to be with an abundance of options. The University of Florida remains a leading choice. Located in Gainesville, the school has quite a large undergraduate headcount with 32,781 being reported in 2015. The Gators aren’t just admirable thinkers, either. Their sports teams compete in both Division I and the Southeastern Conference (seriously, don’t even think about underestimating the...

Minority Groups Encounter Hardships at University of Florida

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A meeting of the minds eclectic and special as they are is what the college experience is all about (or at least should strive to be about anyways). The peers you encounter in the classroom broaden your horizons, and help shape your thoughts with their own narratives. Likewise, there’s something to be said for the academic climate that brings you closer to the people you have things in common with; this could be certain ethnic backgrounds, religions, ideologies, the list goes on and on. What happens when a student body lacks diversity, though? That answer is simple: learning and personal growth becomes even more of a challenge. The University of Florida has an...

Five Things I Wish I Knew About Before Attending University of Florida

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Being from Florida, I knew that for money’s sake, I would go to undergrad there. I knew my choice was between the top two schools: Florida State University and University of Florida. The choice was easy, for me, because I had familial ties to Florida. Despite being close to other Gator alumni, there are things that they did not tell me that I wish they would have! 1.) You Have to Like Football I personally think that watching other people play sports is boring; and, this torture is only amplified by the sweltering heat of none other than “The Swamp.” The only parts of game day that is worthwhile to someone like me are the free drinks (reasonably...

Five Things to Do on a Friday Night at University of Florida

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Unlike other college towns, the University of Florida was there before Gainesville, so school first, then the town followed. This means that there is not much to do that is not offered in other towns. This is where Gainesvegas (yes, people actually call it that) party reputation comes to play. When there is nothing else to do, people go out. 1.) Balls The first step of your evening should always be Balls, at the strip of bars at Midtown. They offer an incredible deal, called 6 to 8, which offers all you can drink wells for less than $10 dollars. Although it is crowded, and you have to deal with screaming frat guys wearing socks with boat shoes/18 year old...

Five Things to Avoid at University of Florida

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There are many unspoken social rules at University of Florida, like to not wear your high school sport’s shirts, or play humans vs. zombies on campus and, there are other rules of more practical relevance. These rules have been learned over an entire college experience, and are undoubtedly the most important. 1.) Don't Forget Your Umbrella No matter what the season is or how beautiful of a day it might be, it is very likely that it will rain at least once. So, always be prepared and keep an umbrella on you. You may need it for an unexpected monsoon, the persistent humidity, or even just the harsh sun’s rays. Just remember that nothing is as miserable as...

5 Things You Must Do at University of Florida

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There are plenty of wonderful restaurants, events, and speakers to experience at University of Florida, but there are other important things to do and know that might just fall under the radar. 1.) Know the Easy General Education Classes Whenever you’re a baby gator, no matter how much credit from high school you have, you will probably be taking some baby classes. It is important to know which of these classes are the easiest because being away from home is difficult transition, and you will want some comfortable buffer for your GPA. But, be careful not to burn all of your gen. eds. at the beginning of your college career! You’ll want to save some so...