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

Its okay if your child does not know what want to do, give it time and they will find themselves. Visit all the universities...

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

Its okay if your child does not know what want to do, give it time and they will find themselves. Visit all the universities that you have true interest in before you commit and live on campus the first year. Get a bank account through the bank the school is affiliated with. TO make the most of college, just take your time and be serious and focused on your grades. Plan to study abroad for a semester/summer. Become friends with at least 2 of your professors in your future major. ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS! You only know what you seek to know! Time management is of the essence and learn to budget early. Set your goals, research your goals; get some hands on experience in your goals to see if it fits your interest. Be willing to work hard for what you want, especially that A in Calculus! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER stop calling your parents and tell them how you are doing and whats new in your life. Parents speak about safety and STI's and dangers of unprotected sex. Be SMART/ WISE from now on. YOU CAN DO IT! Respect yourself and others will do likewise!

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

As a freshman, I hate the large humanities classes. Sometimes the library is just too full so you have to go early and focus. There is just too much to do or too much to get involved in that you just don?t have the time, so sometimes you miss out. Honestly, this is nothing. UF is a great campus all together. No way to hate this place.

What's unique about your campus?

I LOVE THE GATOR NATION! I have found myself and I know so much more than I could have imagined. College has been the best experience of my life. People do not discriminate based on gender or race. Athough we are ranked #1 College Party Tow, we are #1 Basketball and Football Champs, athletes are in the NFL/NBA and 2008 Olympics!! Academically, we are always ranked among the top 10 . WE PARTY HARD, BUT STUDY HARDIER. Campus is a very serious atmosphere, social and EXTREMELY diverse. ITS GATOR-VILLE for a reason. Its great to be a Florida gator.

ELizabeth
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

everything lol.. but mostly for our amazing athetics and academics

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

everything lol.. but mostly for our amazing athetics and academics

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

that we are the BEST school ever!!! bc we are the most prestigious academically and athetically. 3 national championships in 2 yrs!!! go gators

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

make sure itrs where you want to spend the next four years. dont go somewhere because its where everyone is going.. make sure it is the place the suits you and your wants and needs. for instance if you love college sports and you want to experience football season, go to a school that excel in athletics. "Or if you want to major in a certain area... make sure the school can accomidate your needs.

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

Think about the career you want to pursue. Think about what it is you are looking for and which institution can help you acco...

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

Think about the career you want to pursue. Think about what it is you are looking for and which institution can help you accomplish your goal more effectively and open up more doors for you. Don't pick a college because all your friends picked that school. Do your own research, don't go along with what you hear from others. If possible visit the schools and talk to a few advisors or school officials and ask questions.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I suppose the most frustrating thing about this school is the work load of some classes. You have to keep motivating yourself to stay focus.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is lazy, who is not serious about his/her life should not come here. Someone who is not willing to put in any hours to study and pass their classes and someone who does not go to class should not even come here period because that's a waste of time for the professor and themselves plus a waste of money.

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

Last look at the Reitz Union North Lawn area.

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

Last look at the Reitz Union North Lawn area.

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

This is a continuation of the walk along the Reitz Union North Lawn.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

Joshua in Turlington Plaza shared why he chose the University of Florida.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

We talked to two students in Turlington Plaza, Jenna and Mallory, and they shared why they came to UF.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

A student told us why he came to UF and some facts about the accounting program.

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

It is a popular place for students to get lunch or just sit around and study. A Hare Krishna Fair going on this day.

Reese
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The diversity of people hands down is the best part of the school. There are so many different kinds of people here, that no ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The diversity of people hands down is the best part of the school. There are so many different kinds of people here, that no matter what your into you'll find your niche. Interacting with such diverse people has helped me grow and expanded my views on things that i've never thought of before. UF's campus on paper seems huge-but in reality its not that big AT ALL. Most classes are fifteen minutes away from the major dorms on campus. At first the campus seemed so overwhelming, but having been here for two semesters already, i can navigate around campus like a pro. When i tell people I go to UF, their reaction usually somewhat consists of them thinking i'm really smart. Which to a certain extent is true,but you need more than brains to succeed here. Most of my time on campus is spent at my sorority house (since all my meals are there, and friends for the most part) or at library west. Its basically impossible to study in a dorm there are too many distractions, and the 3rd floor of the library is the perfect quiet i need to study. Gainesville is most definitely a college town, but has some disadvantages. There isn't many things to do that aren't alcohol related, besides a movie theatre or the campus bowling alley (which in my opinion is kind of lame). I wish there was somewhere to play mini golf or go kart, on the nights when i need a break from the bar scene. The cool thing about Gainesville being a college town is the bar scene though. Right across from the stadium on University Ave, is what is called Midtown. Midtown is home to Swamp (probably the most fun yet strictest bar) and other fun bars. Midtown is also infamous for cops, and written arrests. Then if you go further down university you reach Downtown, which features more nightclubs and fun restaurants. I don't have much to say on UF's administration, i have yet to have to interact with them. There is a TREMENDOUS amount of school pride especially during football season. The friday before home games is filled with drunk gator fans packing midtown. The biggest controversy on campus recently is the introduction of minus grades (which is the worst idea ever) next fall.

Tell us about the food and dining options.

The Hub contains restaurants where students can grab lunch, and also has a study area. It is really busy during the year

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

Turlington is one of the largest classroom buildings at the university and the plaza is often used for flyering.

Describe the students at your school.

As i previously mentioned, UF's campus is extremely diverse. I've had the opportunity to interact with all kinds of people which is unique to UF. No student would feel out of place here, with 50,000 students your bound to find friends. Alot of students dressed comfortably for class- tshirts and workout shorts, or prissy sorority girls dress prim and proper. Four tables in dining hall- Greeks, Pre Meds, Liberal Arts Students, and the black fraternaites/spanish groupies. You can't really dictate where most students are from- i find that alot of students are from south florida or jacksonville. All kinds of financial backgrounds are seen, depending where you do. If you go greek- students tend to be of higher income, students who live oncampus other than freshman year tend to be of lower income. Politically speaking the campus is diverse, although I tend to see more liberal students and faculty. You hear more from democrat students and controversial topics than conservative.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

To a certain extent yes- We are nerdy, but hey nerdy pays off when you apply for jobs! The ugly girls thing- NO! Every school has there pretty and not so pretty girls, and thats one stereotype thats extremely ignorant! We don't party as hard as FSU? Thats completely true. I've been to Tallahassee various times, and in no way shape or form are we on their level to party. But then again, if we did, we wouldn't get schoolwork done. We can always visit!

What are the academics like at your school?

Professor interaction is so difficult as an underclassmen. Usually you'll be in huge lecture classes, and although your encouraged to go to a professors office hours, realistically he/she probably won't have much time to get to know you well enough to write you a recommendation letter. My favorite classes so far have been the easy gen ed requirements such as theatre appreciation, wildlife issues, and age of dinosaurs. Most of my core classes are difficult and these classes are stress free, and an easy a! One of my favorite parts of class, is discussion. I love the intellectual conversation that goes on. Usually there are alot of controversial things going on on-campus, such as speakers, displays, debates, and you can always find students engaging in arguments/discussions. Students are very competitive, considering its a large campus and everyone wants there "voice" heard. The department of Journalism and Communications, has one of the BEST faculty on campus. (No exaggeration) The professors are cool, and down to earth and the advisors are extremely helpful unlike in other majors.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Sororities and Fraternaties are extremely popular on campus for more reasons then for social lives. Going greek helps network for joining other student organizations, senate, and for a job. I am involved in ACCENT (which is a division of student government that brings controversial speakers to campus) through a sorority sister. Dorm life depends on the dorm that you live in. Freshman dorms such as broward and jennings, are very social. The doors aren't usually left open, but are always unlocked. The lobby areas after a night of going out are a post party! Everyone gathers and orders pizza. Although these dorms are social they aren't the nicest. Springs and Beaty (which are suite style) are the nicest but also only allow you to get to know 3 other people vs a whole floor. Athletic events RUN this school. If you aren't into gator football, I dare say that might be a problem. Guest speakers often come, and cater to everyones different interests. Theater isn't very big here, I've been to a couple plays, and to be honest they were really boring and the theater department isn't very good here. Ever year there is Gator Growl (which is advertised to be the biggest college pep rally) in all reality its really pointless to go. The entertainment is mediocre, and the only cool part is the performance at the end, so you can go an hour late. You can party here in Gainesville, probably every day of the week if you wanted to. Monday- Is Swamp night, Tuesday- The Grog, Wednesday- Gator City/XS, Thursdays- Anywhere downtown really, same for friday and Sat. Fake Id's work well downtown, and midtown don't even try, except for the bar Balls, which will take any id that remotely looks like you. Pregaming at a Fraternity for girls (or being in one for guys) has its advantages. Everyone loves pledge season, also known as personal chauffers.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

I've heard some stero types that we are nerdy, and have ugly girls. That we don't party as hard as FSU.

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

I believe when selecting the right college, students should really go for what school will provide the right atmosphere and a...

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

I believe when selecting the right college, students should really go for what school will provide the right atmosphere and academics for what major or interests that they intend to pursue. Simply choosing a school because many high school friends are attending it is never a good idea nor is enrolling in a college when you honestly feel as though it is not right for you. It takes a combination of both heart and mind when selecting the perfect university. It is a major step and parents should guide and not place extreme pressure their child's choice since this can be a very hard decision for a young mind. Finally, once a school has been selected, ALWAYS get involved. You never knows the connections and bonds that you might be missing out on if you make no effort in engaging in student life and organizations. In the end, college can be one of the most fulfilling and exciting times in a person's life. You can't afford to waste one minute of it!

What's unique about your campus?

The University of Florida gives me a well-rounded college experience. There are so many activities to participate in during any time of the year. Because of this, I can expand my social life AND academic life without one interfering with the other. I believe this school offers a wide variety of opportunites that are not only fun but also applicable and useful for future success.

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

The intial "breaking in" point can be the worst part of the University of Florida. When first arriving, the large campus can be a bit daunting and if one does not attempt to engage in some of the social activities provided, it can be hard to adjust to the new college experience.

Kelsey
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We just won #1 party school by the Princeton Review but I think our school is very education minded

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We just won #1 party school by the Princeton Review but I think our school is very education minded

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Sometimes it's hard to get into a class you want

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

Visit the school and think about what size school you want.

Reese
What is your overall opinion of this school?

UF is a MASSIVE school. The campus is big enough to need busses to access certain areas (the main gym, a few of the dorms, a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UF is a MASSIVE school. The campus is big enough to need busses to access certain areas (the main gym, a few of the dorms, a far away class). That being said, you quickly find that it has moments of the small-school atmosphere. Even in large crowds you quickly find that you run into people you know. Even your largest classes will have people you know/recognize from other sections. In addition, for many majors, once you get to the upper level courses in your last two years you start to have much smaller courses on par with a lot of smaller schools. UF exists in a classic college town. On campus, it seems like a massive space. There are lots of facilities, classrooms, events, etc. Once you leave campus and the immediate surroundings, however, you quickly realize that Gainesville isn't too much more than a town centered around a campus. There are hidden gems (Ginnie Springs, Newberry BBQ) but there isn't too huge of an amount once you stray from the school. UF has a good core administration but it isn't without its flaws. The administration is very devoted to improving the image of the school (both in removing the party image and in improving its US News ranking). That being said, those two main goals aren't quite the most important things on an average student's mind. The administration (and school) are also currently in the unpleasant position of trying to deal with massive state budget cuts which threaten new hires/current staff/future student totals. School pride at UF will be the reason you attend. 93,000 people fill the stadium for football every home game in the fall and make enough noise to hear it from across campus. Basketball isn't too different, even in bad years the arena is still one of the loudest buildings you could ever set foot in. You don't walk around UF without seeing UF apparel all around you. Professors and students alike love the school and love the sports teams like no other. You will never forget any of the (up to) 28 Saturdays you'll spend watching football at the Swamp.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is diverse relative to many other student bodies but it is still very white and very upper middle class (median family income is 100-105,000 annually). There are a lot of options for those coming from different minority groups. UF has clubs/student unions for all major minority groups and interest organizations for any random group that could exist. There is a slight element of segregation at UF that is very visible if you walk through certain parts of campus. That being said, within classes that segregation greatly diminishes and students interact well with one another in classes (across social lines as well as racial/ethnic lines).

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

You will read in UF's materials and hear from their student ambassadors that UF is great. In many cases, ignore these people because they work for the school...THAT BEING SAID: they're right. You will have the time of your life at UF. It won't always be perfect, you might have schedule issues/grade issues/transportation issues but you will never find yourself regretting choosing UF. UF is a school that will give you great post-graduate options and the most incredible undergrad life you could ask for. You can expect nothing better elsewhere.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The party school stereotype is and isn't accurate. On the one hand, there is a large amount of partying in particular on football gamedays. Alcohol and clubs play a significant part in much of the social scene. That being said, party school seems to imply that there isn't a serious side to UF. UF absolutely has strong programs with good reputations with grad schools and employers (something a party school couldn't easily say). The students' reputation for being stuck up around the state relates to UF's standing vs. the rest of the state. The fact is, UF has harder admissions standards than the rest of the state, that obviously leads to possibly being stuck up and possibly being perceived as stuck up.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Greek Life is extremely large at UF. UF has 25+ fraternities, 16 sororities and several multicultural fraternities/sororities. Greeks control the majority of Student Government positions and always will. There are always greek events being advertised and rush seems to take over a large portion of campus life each semester. UF is a very alcohol heavy campus and most any party/event is going to somehow be related to drinking. UF tries to cater to non-drinking students with events like Gator Nights. Gator Nights provides an ample amount of entertainment late every Friday night as a means of keeping students sober. UF brings in a great variety of speakers and performers despite its random location in middle-of-nowhere, Florida. In past years UF has hosted groups like OAR, Tom Petty, Elton John, Dave Matthews and speakers like the hosts of Mythbusters, Ron Jeremy and Michael Moore.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at UF are what you make of them. Within limits, one could easily design a liberal arts schedule that allowed for a pretty easy sale through Undergrad. Everyone on campus knows of the basic easy A courses that you can take to round out a schedule and it is easy enough to know which professors do/don't have easy classes/tests. That being said, you will learn even in some of your easiest classes. If you leave UF not having been enlightened, you probably failed. UF does offer huge opportunities to challenge yourself. Classes that get into actual deep discussion (and students who continue the discussion outside of class) are plentiful. In a school as large as UF, there are a vast array of choices to let you really learn from all areas and not just one. UF holds the prestige to allow you to apply/get into any top graduate or professional school and has many top companies that hire from it.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The classic stereotypes about UF relate to it being a party school. People may not be sure of the mascot, colors, location, etc. but they always know that UF was ranked at somepoint by someone as a big party school. UF students tend to have the reputation in other parts of the state of being stuck up

Parker
What is your overall opinion of this school?

i love it! i love the scenery, the teachers the classes.. i think the school is perfect!...like really i would not traded it ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

i love it! i love the scenery, the teachers the classes.. i think the school is perfect!...like really i would not traded it for the world the administration could be better, ut they have done a good job overall

Describe the students at your school.

my experiences with other groups have been good, though sometimes i feel alienated by some. i see a lot of chinese people...like a lot...

What are the academics like at your school?

i know all o my professors name, the classes are a bit too generalized and don teach specifics, but overall with the time allowed and subject to cover, i think teachers focus on what they find most important

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

no, while there are some people within the groups that are, it does not apply to the entire group

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

all frat people are drunkies, all sorority chicks are whores, krishna people are weird or their food is bad.

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