Gainesville, FL
University of Florida


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Erin
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Sports, parties, good looking women, sunshine, and tailgating.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Sports, parties, good looking women, sunshine, and tailgating.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone looking for a generic college experience, not too much focus on academic, and a lot of emphasis on sports - Go Gators! You don't have to do much to get the grade, or to graduate, for most academic programs.

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

Go with your gut instinct - if a place doesn't feel right to you, you shouldn't let anyone else talk you into thinking it is a good match. On the same note, though, for most people their undergraduate institution isn't everything. A good number of universities can give you a memorable college experience, solid education, and preparation for graduate level study without breaking the bank. Even if you enter into your college years absolutely KNOWING that you are going to medical school to become a doctor, that may change, so make sure that the institution you choose has other options for you as well. If you attend an all-engineering school and later decide engineering is not for you, you are going to be stuck. Study hard, but also be open to new experiences and having fun. This is the time to figure out who you are and what you are going to do with your life. You can't go back and do it all again. Well, at least until graduate school...

Annisse
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very competitive and hard-working students which can cause school to be very stressful and overwhelming at ...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very competitive and hard-working students which can cause school to be very stressful and overwhelming at times because you think everyone is always performing better than you academically.

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

The advice I would give to students about finding what college they want to attend is to make the decision for themselves as to where you want to go. Parents tend to influence their children to attend either the colleges of their choice or their alumni, which is acceptable, but sometimes it may not be what the student needs or wants. In order to perform at your best, not only at college but at other life experiences as well, one has to be happy with what they are doing and what type of environment they are in. If a student is not happy with the college that they are attending, they are most likely not going to be the best student that they can be because of lack of motivation and desire to do so, which can be very detrimental. On the other hand, once a student is happy with their college, I recommend they experience college with an upmost positive attitude. With an optimistic view, the student can participate in extracurricular activities, such as volunteering and also put forth the same attitude towards their academics all while balancing both without overworking or burning themselves out.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

This would be the competitivness of the overall student body to be the super student, one who is greatly involved as well as having a 4.0 GPA. This causes many students to burn themselves out or to become overworked thus not being at the top shape mentally, and physically.

Shannon
Describe the students at your school.

Easygoing, intelligent, diverse, and fun to hang out with outside of class.

Describe the students at your school.

Easygoing, intelligent, diverse, and fun to hang out with outside of class.

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

Find a school that feels right, that fits- the one where you feel at home andget excited about going to. College is an amazing opportunity to learn, grow, get to know yourself, and become who you will be... to find out what you love, what you don't, to make mistakes, and try new things. The right college is the one where you can do this. Getting an education and preparing for a career are important- find a school that can help with this. Remember that many people have no idea what direction to head, and most will change their minds (I did). It's important to find a school that can both accomodate and help with this. However, a school prepares you not only for a job, but for the rest of your life. Individual schools, and the experience you have, are defined by the people and the opportunities. What are the people like? You'll make friends for life- they may be different from anyone you've known- and you'll learn a lot from them. Find a school with opportunities, and do new things- intramurals, hiking, travel, art classes, foreign language, volunteering, or anything you find.

Caitlyn
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The campus is absolutely beautiful. Social lives and getting involved are both highly encouraged. We have the best school s...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The campus is absolutely beautiful. Social lives and getting involved are both highly encouraged. We have the best school spirit of any college!! GO GATORS!!!

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

Make sure to visit the schools you are looking to attend and spend some time in the city surrounding the campus. You MUST do everything possible during your four years at college; it goes so fast so you definitely have to get active with your school as soon as possible!! You only get to go to college once!!

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

The extreme pride every gator has in the University of Florida is defining of the school.

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

The extreme pride every gator has in the University of Florida is defining of the school.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Towards the end of college, the extreme budget cuts at UF were the most frustrating aspect. Excellent professors were laid off continuously, the amount of tuition was in jeopardy, classes were cut, and class size was dramatically on the rise. University of Florida has an amazing academic reputation, but it makes me fearful that the caliber of my degree is at risk because of the state's budget cuts.

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

Pick the college that is right for you. Apply to as many colleges you can including a wide variety of schools. The University of Florida was the only college that I applied to, thinking that was all that would accept me. I sold my abilities short, and I regret that. Luckily, the University of Florida provided an amazing college experience, especially with the school spirit surrounding the Gators' National Championship wins during my four years there. Research the colleges as much as you can to ensure you make an educated decision.

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

Your college experience is one of the most important of your life. It will affect who you are and what you will become. It wi...

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

Your college experience is one of the most important of your life. It will affect who you are and what you will become. It will expand your mind as far as you will let it. You should choose an institution that will foster your growth and developement. There are many different universities and they all have different strengths and weaknesses. It is wise to research schools that have reputable programs in fields of study that you are interested in. You should also find out about student organizations and athletic programs. Once you have found a suitable place to teach you the ways of the ways of the world, you journey may begin. It is important to keep an open mind and absorb as much new knowledge and information as possible. Many students' first year will be an eye-opening experience. You should take advantage of all that the college has to offer and make the most out of your college experience.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I did not need to know anything before I came here. It was very easy to learn how to live at my school. Everyone is very accomodating and helpful. The only way to become comfortable at a school is to attend there and learn the culture . Eventually you will form a mental map of the campus in your head and will learn where everything is. The best way to know about a school is to experience it for yourself.

What kind of person should attend this school?

There are a variety of students here at UF. They are quite diverse and come from all over the world. The type of people that should attend this school are passionate and dedicated individuals. They should also be fun-loving and hard-working.

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

My school offers the best education in many fields and is diverse in so many ways.

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

My school offers the best education in many fields and is diverse in so many ways.

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

My advice to students would be to follow your heart. I applied and was accepted at the university my brother attends, but that's not were I really wanted to go. I was overjoyed at being accepted to my first choice, University of Florida. Take tours of several schools before making your decision. Choose one that fits your personality. I am in the nursing program and hope to be accepted to Nursing School next fall. I know with the education I receive here, I will find a rewarding career. Stay focused on your studies - it's easy to get off track. Remember that you're in school to learn and everything else will fall into place. I lived off campus my first year and that may have been a mistake. It's important to make friends your first year and know that others are feeling overwhelmed also. It's an awesome experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

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

Narrow down choices by knowing what size of school you want. Larger schools often offer more opportunites, while smaller scho...

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

Narrow down choices by knowing what size of school you want. Larger schools often offer more opportunites, while smaller schools can be more focused in a particular area of interest. Once you've choosen the school, get involved. Try new things, but don't overcommitt and become overwhelmeds.

What kind of person should attend this school?

-Responsible -Fun loving -Doesn't mind some large classes

Tracy
Describe the students at your school.

People looking to achieve important goals in life.

Describe the students at your school.

People looking to achieve important goals in life.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It has a tradition of pride and excellence.

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

Identify what your needs and desires are (size of the school, acclaimed academic departments, available social/extracurricular activities, etc.) and use these to decide what college best suits your outlook on life. Don't be afraid to change your mind once you get to college - whether it's changing roommates, courses, majors, or even the school itself. Make sure to find the right balance between schoolwork and socializing - both are very important, but too much of one or the other can be a negative impact on how you'll view your time in college later on. Don't be afraid to try new things and take opportunities that you may not ever get again; be prepared to fail in some instances but strive for success. And, if you need help in any way, be it academically, physically, mentally, spiritually, or otherwise, do not be afraid to ask for it. There are people whose job it is to assist you when you need it, all you need to do is ask and people will be glad to offer a helping hand. College is what you make of it - so make it something you can be proud of.

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

A fun-loving, crazy-for-college-football, huge-but-soon-familiar, wide-open field/community/city of dreams where you will fin...

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

A fun-loving, crazy-for-college-football, huge-but-soon-familiar, wide-open field/community/city of dreams where you will find people like you and people not-like-you whom you like all the same and with whom you will share one heck of an experience - or four years of experiences!

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

Keep your options open - figure out what kind of things you like to do or want to be doing, but don't settle on anything and write it into stone. So many students change their minds - and their majors - during their college career - usually more than once. Don't be afraid of that as a student - and parents, please don't assume that it's a bad thing for your student to change their mind! Too many students can feel trapped into pursuing something that's not right for them just because they - or their parents - initially chose one path. College shows you just how many different paths there are to choose from and sometimes it can take a while to sort through the good and the bad. And as much as college is about getting the grades, it's also about life experience. Have fun. Learn about other people. Do things outside of your major. Do things outside of your comfort zone! If you don't figure out what the world is like when you're in college, you'll have a harder time trying to figure it out after four years have gone by. Do what you want!

What's unique about your campus?

The number of people! It means you get a variety of people - who enjoy a variety of activities - who have a variety of perspectives. You learn just as much from the people you spend time with as you do from the professors and classes you attend. And it means a variety of ways to have fun.

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