Pensacola, FL
The University of West Florida


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Erika
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important piece of advice I would give my high school self is that your mom is always right. Face it; every high sch...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important piece of advice I would give my high school self is that your mom is always right. Face it; every high school senior thinks they are so independent, and on top of the world, like they no longer need their parents. For me, I wanted to get out of the city I lived in for 18 years and move as far away as I could afford as quickly as possible. Mommy always told me that I’d miss it, but I swore I wouldn’t. Eventually you are here. Everyone you know that has come along with you to the same University starts changing. You lose your best friend when she abandons you for her older boyfriend; suddenly nothing feels right, and you feel kind of alone. You call your mom everyday because you miss her and all you want to do is go home. The student café is nothing like Mom’s home cooking, and sometimes, though you love your new friends, you just need someone to talk to who knows everything about you, to receive a little encouragement. Don’t be so hasty to fly out of the nest—you might fall a little first.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person who shouldn't attend this school is the student that doesn't appreciate nature (as the campus is on a nature preserve), the student who wants to avoid the party scene, or the student who wants to be exceedingly challenged.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I'd say the most frustrating thing about my school as a freshman is having to live on campus and purchase a meal plan. As a student with limited means to pay for the over-priced things such as this, it has become sort of a nuisance. The party scene is also frustrating. Partying is a big thing at UWF, and it becomes obnoxious at times when you partner in a group assignment hasn't done their part because they were out partying too late over the weekend or the night before the project is due.

Matthew
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UWF is a school that people should go to if they really want to get a bang for their buck and have the support from teachers ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UWF is a school that people should go to if they really want to get a bang for their buck and have the support from teachers that they should have.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To be honest, I would have told myself to switch my technical program. I would have benefitted from the Automotive program because of the basic knowlodge for car maintenance. I wouldve done harder classes and worked more intensely on my subjects because of the roll over effect that it has in college. I think that college is just like highschool, but the only difference is time management and I would've told myself to set a schedule for class, work, studying, homework, etc. To be frank, I would tell myself to do a 180 degree change in order to succeed. I would tell myself to look more into scholarships and especially into what college to go to. I was too quick to pick a school, but I still love it at UWF. All in all, I would tell myself to take it way more seriously than I did back then and to be more subjuective to setting a schedule.

What's unique about your campus?

University of West Florida is a school that is in a secluded location on a nature preserve. The teachers that are there generally care about the well-being of their students and they will work with you one-on-one if needed. It's a small school and everyone knows eachother and it is easy to get along with people.

Rocio
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is very different from high school; if I had the chance to go back and tell myself a few things it would probably mak...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is very different from high school; if I had the chance to go back and tell myself a few things it would probably make things easier. I would have made sure I had a plan B to school and how to pay for it. Bought a car and got my driver's license earlier so I could be more independent. Scholarship would have been a good idea to start looking up and filling out applications.

Quincie
Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are very diversed in opinion and most are egar to learn.

Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are very diversed in opinion and most are egar to learn.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I f i had the chance to address my younger self, I would let her know that although she should enjoy high schoolshe should take advantage of every oppurtuniy handed her. I would also let her know that the road ahead is not easy, there are a lot of obsticles that she is gonna face, but it is just to make her stronger. I would tell her that there is a whole knew world that she is in for, so gear up with the most important things : an openmind, a hunger to learn, and with a sense of who you are. I would warn her of the very long road that lies ahead, that the are going to be times where everything she knows is tested. In those times, i would tell her to turn to those who keep you grounded. I would tell her to welcome some change with open arms, that not all changeis bad event tho it hurts. I would let her know that pain will fade, and there is light at the end, you just got to keep going.

What kind of person should attend this school?

This campus would be ideal for a student who enjoys ruarl settings, a small campus , and a small community of people. Everyone in this school, do to its small size tends to be reconginize each other. Students who enjoy one on one attention for teacher will be please to know the UWF has a student teacher ratio of one to twenty-five. This campus is the perfect campusfor students who do not enjoy the big city life and instead like the family feel of a small community.

Christine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself, first and foremost save money for...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself, first and foremost save money for a rainy day just in case I needed to pay out of pocket for books and any other supplies you need in a certain period of time which I had to pursue. Next I would tell myself, do not stress myself over college and how "hard" people claim it is because when I started last semester, it was better than high school. The teachers and labs will help out as much as they can to make me understand the material, but more than half of the time the material is easy to understand. Also, I would tell myself not to worry about leaving my old friends, because it is actully fun getting to know people from all around the country and from different backgrounds and create many connections.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

If there are any worst things about my university, they are most likly resolving the problem. I pretty much like everything since I started school there.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I believe everyone should attend my university! The University of West Florida has great professors and great learning outcomes. My university strives to push diversity, in which there are many organizations that will fit anyone's needs. We strive to not leave anyone behind. If someone is in need of help, it is always avaliable, especially when I was a first time freshman last semester.

Avery
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of West Florida provides a natural learning environment with modest class sizes that allow for a convenient st...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of West Florida provides a natural learning environment with modest class sizes that allow for a convenient student-teacher connection.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are a friendly, diverse, and driven individuals that all have an urge to succeed.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Avery, you are doing great in school so far, keep it up. After your senior year of high school ends, you will have the privilege of entering a whole new world of education. Try to prepare for the extra responsibilities that are to come such as filling out FAFSA forms as early as possible, choosing the right college of your dreams, and applying for as many scholarships as you can. There are so many scholarship opportunities out there that go unoticed simply because students fail to search for them. Nothing of true value is free and you have to work even harder than you are currently working in high school. Additionally, there are individuals in life who wont give you a chance or want to see you fail so be mindful of the company that you keep. Stay focused by always keeping your future in mind and avoiding compromising situations such as getting drawn into an unsafe, party atmosphere. Your entire academic future can be given or taken away in an instant if you lose your focus. Lastly, follow your passion for music, because regardless of the common "starving musician" stereotype, denying your passion will starve you of your happiness.

Colt
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would give myself the adivce to take schooling more seriously. During my first year at the University of West Florida, I di...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would give myself the adivce to take schooling more seriously. During my first year at the University of West Florida, I didn't take my classes seriously, and so my GPA took a hard hit. It is nothing I can take back now, but I learned from that mistake and am building my GPA.

What's unique about your campus?

When I first chose this school, the best thing about it was it's love of the environment. It is set back an several hundred acres of forested land. Recently however, The University of West Florida has begun deforestation heavily within the campus and it's really getting rid of the beautiful environmental aspect that it claims to have. The best thing now about the school is the food and it's gym.

Jessica
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of Florida is a local, convenient, and flexible university that strives for excellence in the majors provided ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of Florida is a local, convenient, and flexible university that strives for excellence in the majors provided and are always there to assist inside and outside the classroom.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Many high school seniors wish they could go back in time to change those careless decisions they made. In my case, I went to a collegiate high school and had to make an early decision regarding my major. I didn't know that I would be changing my major and having to re-think my course of study. I know i'm still young and it's an experience, but the advice I would give to myself if I were to go back in time is to ask myself if the major I was pursuing was what I really wanted to do. I am now pursuing a major that I love, but it took me an extra semester to figure it out. I am unable to go to the university of my choice as a freshman, but I hope to enter as a tranfer in the spring. In other words, choosing a major that suits a specific student is a significant decision and should be observed in every angle. I sure wish I had someone there to ask me more questions about my future that would allow me to branch off and choose the major that i'm currently pursuing.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

In my opinion, the worst characteristic of the University of West Florida is that the University has a limited selection of majors. I am a civil engineering major; however, just to aquire hours, I am picking up a minor in computer engineering.

Ellen
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dear Ellen Slow down. Don't swear so much. Your story is only just beginning, but you are still impacting the people around y...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dear Ellen Slow down. Don't swear so much. Your story is only just beginning, but you are still impacting the people around you permanently. Take more time to nuture your friendships, but know when to let people go. Treat everyone you meet with respect and kindness. Remember that yours are not the worst problems in the world. Push past complications and pay them no mind. Keep pushing on. You will achieve your dream if you really believe, and I know that you do. Use every stone they throw as a stepping stone. You are smarter than you know and capable of so much more than you have every imagined. Best of luck my dear, you will amaze yourself and everyone around you.

Karilynn
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Love, accept, and embrace who you are. Be kind and gentle with yourself, because you are worth it. Remind yourself that are t...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Love, accept, and embrace who you are. Be kind and gentle with yourself, because you are worth it. Remind yourself that are truly the greatest gift you can give to yourself and the world, because you are uniquely you. Know that life is going to have it's joyful moments and depressing moments, but you will remain loved and worthwhile through it all, and nothing can take that away. You can do it. I love you.

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