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4 College Junior

Academics: The thing is, it's all what you make it. It can be really easy to just coast through UF's psychology major with Bs and get the degree. But if you read the textbooks and study for the tests, A's are not super difficult. Also, there are so many opportunities to get involved that it would be dumb to just drink your life away. I've had really great instructors. And the undergrad psych coordinator, Lise Abrams is amazing. She sends you emails every week with important stuff going on and most importantly opportunities. I've volunteered at the Child Advocacy Center, then got an internship there. I had an internship at Peaceful Paths. And I am working in 2 research labs with awesome psych professors. All of this I found through her website!

5 College Senior

Diversity: So Diverse – There are almost as many black and hispanic students as white students.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Bring a Car If You Can Avoid It. Parking on campus is a JOKE. There are only two decals available to students and there are so few lots that you can park it. They sell more decals than spaces. Once you have 60 credits and have a Red One decal, parking availability is slightly better, but as a true freshman, leave your car at home. You will have to park in the middle of no where and its just easier to take a bus home to visit or carpool. Buses can take you everywhere else.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Try to Live Off Campus – If you don't mind sharing a room, walking down the hall to pee, and having to go to the dining hall whenever you're hungry, then on campus living is the way to go. And honestly, it's not horrible. You're close to your classes and you can walk everywhere. There is no 'ideal' dorm. If you want your own bedroom, you're stuck out about a mile from classes. If you're close to everything, then you're in a traditional dorm. Off campus is the best. It's generally about the same price as living on campus, and buses run by almost every apartment about every 15 minutes. My advice- live on campus for the first year, get used to being on your own, and then you can decide where you want to go after that.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food in the dining halls is usually covered in grease and the meat may or may not be cooked thoroughly. Beware. But better much everywhere else on campus has good food. You will start to hate Subway and Starbucks because they are EVERYWHERE. The prices are reasonable but most places will not accept your meal plans...just the flex bucks. One of my favorite places to eat is on the Plaza of the Americas at the Krishna Lunch. Yes, it's vegetarian/vegan, and it's so delicious. It's $4 and you can go back and get as much as you want. It's the best value and the food is sometimes better than what you get from other food vendors.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Wouldn't Go Anywhere Else – I love being at UF. Everyone I've met here has been nice. I've been here for two years and I've only had one professor I didn't like. The campus itself is so beautiful and honestly, UF feels like a second home to me. Buses run so frequently and go everywhere, so I don't have to drive all over, which I really like. You have to study, but there is plenty of downtime to get involved with clubs or go have a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Descent Amount of Aid – The financial aid office is staffed with friendly people and are very knowledgeable. They understand that many of us don't know much on financial matters as it can get complicated and tedious.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Good – Parking here is ridiculous. Most people when they move off campus actually take the bus and plan out the bus schedule because parking is impossible.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best Option for Me – I don't have a car up here so on-campus housing is the most convenient choice for me. Most dorms are in walking distance to classes, and if not you can always take the bus. Single rooms are also available if roommates aren't your style but I would suggest getting used to communal bathrooms and shower shoes.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Upgrade from My Hometown – Many people complain about not having much to do here in gainesville, especially if you are from a big city like miami, orlando or tampa. There are usually things going on by the school and organizations, groups, frat houses and sometimes concerts from local or even nationally known artists. Other then that, people usually drive to other cities on the weekends to do things and go to the beach since Gainesville is in the middle of the state.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Used to Be Great – The varsity athletic program used to be one of the best in the country but in recent years has been a bit shambly. It's still better than most and students still enjoy going out to watch the Gators play.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Head Off-Campus for Better Food – There are a number of quality restaurants in Gainesville that are generally pretty reasonably priced. There are also great bars that have really good drink specials.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Someone for Everyone – There's over 50,000 people on this campus. You find all kinds of different styles and personalities. There truly is someone for everyone and you get a chance to date a diverse variety of attractive people. It's great!

4 College Freshman

Weather: Warm and Rainy – It never gets colder than 50 degrees. It stays a pretty cool 70/80 range most of the year. No need for too many cold weather clothes. You will want rain gear though. It is Florida, so it does rain a lot.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is Very Easily Accessed – Although not everyone at UF drinks, there is still a heavy presence on campus. The frats and sororities give seemingly endless amounts of beer at their parties and some restaurants off campus don't card minors.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe Campus – I rarely feel unsafe walking around campus, even late at night. There are call boxes all around campus in case of emergency, and police presence is up to par.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The Social Scene – is huge and numerous. wherever you go, there is always something happening or about to happen. flash mobs happen all the time

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There Is a Wide Range – there are 13 libraries that all hold their own perk (e.g. free printing, comp lab, HUGE movie sections, starbucks)
two rec centers that are enormous and offer free classes and clubs
events never stop, they are continuous and always free and dun
hangouts would be at the hub
aesthetics are really nice since everything is made of brick so it has a nice feeling too it, old but not too old

4 College Freshman

Diversity: They Are All There, Just Have to Look Under the White – There are A LOT of white students, but if you look closely, there are many racial groups, associations, and unions for those who ever feel underrepresented. I am an half indian, half african-american, and I found my niche by joining multicultural groups on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm Kinda Confused – I really love the classes I am taking for my biology major, but I also want to either have a double major or a minor, but I don't know what to do yet since I want to go to law school. Having a job as a lawyer is kinda good/bad since there are so many, but they make great money.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Can Get Cramped and Old – There are rules, its is cramped, and most of the housing is old. BUT, you get to meet new people all the time and make fast friends. It's nice if you want to get introduced to the environment of UF.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There Is Always Something – If you can't go to a club or a rave, there are always the classic sorority and fraternity parties that happen almost every weekend and sometimes weekdays. Living next to frat row for a semester taught me that if you ever want to party, there is always something going on. You just need to know the right people.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: With Later Gator (bus routes), its easier to go out and have fun without worrying about parking and designated drives. The Gainesville police do crack down pretty hard on parties. It honestly all depends on what kind of scene your into.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Very Big Part – Everybody loves football and goes crazy over it. The football games are huge.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – Lots of things to do at UF, but they are all through the University so if you want things to do outside of that then no luck.

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Chris Kirschner
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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Some schools have certain advantages over others. Small schools give a feeling of community; large schools have lots of resources; private schools are ripe for close academic relationships with faculty; and state schools offer a good value. Well, UF is not your typical state school, and Gainesville is certainly not your stereotypical small town. Because this place is so big, it has all of the libraries, dorms, athletics, courses, clubs, and services you could want at a good price. But if you put forth just a little effort, you’ll find that the University also has more compassionate, down-to-earth professors, locals, and students that any small, private school could ever dream of having.

The best thing about going to a school like UF is that whatever you want to accomplish in life, it is probably obtainable through going to this school. You will never have to worry about not fitting in with anyone because the campus is a huge melting pot. Students are never bored on campus because there is literally always something to do with friends both on or off campus. And who wouldn't want to go to a school where the immense amount of school pride is literally unexplainable? It sure is great to be a Florida Gator.

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