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Athletics: Sports are huge at UF. I think we have one of the biggest intramural and club sports programs in the country. And, of course, who hasn't heard of the Gators? Football games are a huge part of the UF experience and are a lot of fun for everyone.

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Athletics: Both varsity and IM sports are huge on this campus. If you really dislike all sports, you may find this town frustrating. If you don't like football, stay away from University Avenue on game days. Find something fun to do at the mall, Lake Wauburg, etc. There are so many IM sports here and sports clubs that you could do things like play ping pong or take karate, tennis, horseback riding, and more.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are very big. We have a lot of school spirit around here.

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Athletics: Well, I don't have to tell you that varsity football is big at UF. The same can be said of basketball. The other sports aren't as well attended, but the teams do well and place highly in end-of-season competition. I don't know much from experience about intramural sports, but I know they do exist. Many of the club sports on campus are active, such as the equestrian team. Chances are you'll find any sport you're interested in.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are good and plentiful. Some are locally-owned and others are chains. I suggest Chop Stix Cafe and Harry's.

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Off-Campus Dining: Good eating in Gainesville. Very good eating. Steve's Café Americain is my favorite restaurant, but it's pricey. Gainesville has every fast food joint you can think of, but the best eating is done at local venues. Farah's on the Avenue has good Mediterranean food; Harry's does great smoked sausage with red beans and rice, and Leonardo's is good for a date-night when you don't want to spend too much.

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Off-Campus Dining: Aside from maybe drinking in Gainesville, most of my money has gone toward eating in Gainesville. At any point in the day someone will be going somewhere to eat and ask if you want to go, too. All along one of the main roads, Archer, there are the major chains like Chili's, TGI Friday's, Outback, Carrabba's, and more. Also, there are a lot of local places that have food to die for, such as Maui Teriyaki (order their chicken bowls, they are so good), Café Gardens (a great place for lunch or a date).

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Off-Campus Dining: You're not a Gator if you haven't had a pizza from Leonardo's or a burrito from Burrito Bros.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are excellent. You have your chains such as Chili's, Friday's, Outback, and so on. You also have local spots such as Café Gardens and the best coffee spot around, Maude's. Along with Maude's you have your usual Starbuck-type chains.

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Off-Campus Dining: Anyone who has driven down Archer Road knows that there are plenty of run-of-the-mill restaurants that are in every other town in America. Undoubtedly those will be the first to pop into your head when you are trying to decide where to eat off-campus. They are all well and good, but don't forget to explore a little while you live in town. It is quite possible to live in Gainesville for four whole years and only ever drive on four main roads. Don't let that happen to you.

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Off-Campus Dining: There is basically almost every big-name restaurant and a bunch of local places that are great, too. I think I eat out way too much.

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Off-Campus Dining: I generally get good service. The only thing is that this is G'ville, and you're not really going to find five-star dining, if that's what you're looking for.

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Off-Campus Dining: Gainesville has every restaurant under the sun. They also have a lot of delivery services open until like four and five in the morning to suit college needs. For great sandwiches, there's a place called Leonardo's. Wing Zone has the best wings, and you can't die without trying Burrito Brothers. They also have all of your large chain restaurants like Chili's, KFC, Outback, and more.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great restaurants in Gainesville. Leonardo's, Maude's, and Burrito Brothers are not to be missed. Hooters and Smoothie King are two lovely places to stop. There's just about every major chain you could ask for, and they're all great, but expect to wait 45 minutes to an hour during busy times of the year, like football weekends.

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Weather: It's Florida, the weather is awesome. It's sunny a lot of the time, so hot people lay out a lot. There are some days where the heat is killer, but I prefer hot over cold.

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Weather: I'm from South Florida, so I'm used to it being hot in the summer and not so hot in the winter. In Gainesville, it's really hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. Everything else is just like the rest of Florida. When it rains, it will at the same time for a week and if it doesn't rain, it won't for a week. It's odd but true.

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Weather: Florida, as you might know, is hot-not unbearable, though. I like it. My apartment complex has a nice pool, and you can basically lay out every day of the week. It rains occasionally, but not too much.

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Weather: The weather is-c'mon man, it's Florida! It's warm all the time. Doesn't get cold very much.

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Weather: I hope you like the sun! It can get down to the teens in the dead of winter, but it doesn't last that long. A short summer rainy season happens, but you'll have a great tan, so who cares. Right?

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Weather: The weather is great. Mild winters and hot summers. Plus we have the beach an hour away from us.

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Weather: Usually warm to mild in the fall and spring months. Very hot in the summer months. You get a fair amount of rain in the springtime. Good beach weather all year long.

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Weather: It's usually sunny and warm. Gets down to the 30s at the lowest in winter, but usually it stays in the upper 60s and lower 70s. The summer is hot. On a nice day it's in the 70s or 80s. The hottest it gets is usually the 90s. There's also a lot of humidity here. You do have the occasional rainstorm. It can be anything from a light sprinkle to an all-out downpour.

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Weather: The weather here is normally hot and humid. We surprisingly get a bit chilly in winter, but the summers are definitely hot. There isn't a lot of wind, and that is one of the main problems.

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Weather: Gainesville's in the middle of the state, so the summer months (about March to September here) are real scorchers. The temperature is usually in the 90s, but the humidity is the killer. That is usually around 90 percent. Winters can get cold. We had a span of 20-degree weather for about three weeks. It's usually about that during its coldest time. Then again, the weather here is pretty unpredictable. One day it was 30, and the next it was 70, so you never can tell.

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Weather: It gets pretty hot during the summer; lots of sunshine, and when it rains, it's usually just in the afternoon for a little while.

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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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