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5 College Senior

Majors: As a Journalism major, internships are extremely important! These internships will help you out with your future endeavors and will give you the opportunities to gain experience. Some do pay and some will also look good on your resume for a certain job you want to get. Depending on hat internship you get, it could be very time consuming . My internship experience has been a multiple radio/TV stations and this takes up a lot of time.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: If you already have Bright Future's, grants, and etc. then your college experience will be a breeze. If you have any problems, you can go to the financial building and they will clear it up for you in a matter of seconds.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: I love the weather in Florida. It is sunny most of the time with occasional showers. During winter it gets chilly.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is good but not completely reliable.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sitting in my favorite study area on campus, I always hear people talking to one another in many different languages. There is a wide variety of backgrounds. It is so refreshing to not be constantly surrounded by WASPs.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics at the University of Florida pretty much run the school. The athletes pretty much get a lot of respect but that is because we have some of the BEST athletes from around the world, that win Olympic Gold medals. The students here really get pumped out and show support in every sport, because every one of them are bout to win a National Championship, which UF has a tradition for. UF has a pretty good turnout and diversity of fans that come out to support the athletics, which shows that everyone enjoys the sports at the University of Florida.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: UF is very skimpy on financial aid. I received the statewide Bright Futures Scolarship, which is a good bi of money. My grants averaged out to around $100-$200 a semester, and there's not much you can do with that even though every dollar counts.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs at UF are great. There are often more than enough computers for students to use, but during busy times it may be tight. They offer printing services there for both plotter prints and regular 8.5x11" or 11x17" prints, but if you print there a lot it may get expensive. The upside is that at the Reitz Union each student gets 200 free B&W prints per semester. Many of the computers also offer a choice of Windows or Mac operating systems, which helps if you're an art student like me who uses Mac programs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen tend to get stuck with the worst dorms on campus, and when I say the worst, I truly mean the absolute worse. However, I (currently a freshman) got way lucky, and I scored a dorm in Hume Hall, the honors residential college.

Hume is the most expensive dorm on campus, which is obviously a downside. Another perhaps major downside to living in Hume is the fact that it is quite far away from the central area of campus, where most classes and the libraries are located. The bus system is incredible on campus, though, and there are multiple routes that stop at Hume and take students to the center of campus.

Most of the dorms in the building are traditional doubles, and they are set up suite-style, with two doubles (4 girls or 4 guys) sharing one bathroom. Each room has their own sink, as well. This was definitely a perk, as I personally prefer not to share a communal bathroom. Another unique, nice feature of Hume is the fact that all floors are co-ed, and I really enjoyed the variety of getting to live with both boys and girls. My floor luckily gets along very well. The maintenance staff is wonderful, and every week, the custodians clean each suite's bathroom and sinks. The common room and the kitchen are kept very clean, and this area is quite spacious.

Hume also features a small library, as well as a 24-hour study room conveniently located in the Commons. This is very helpful for students who need to study at very late hours but may have a roommate with an early class. The laundry room in the Hume Commons is nice, though it can get very crowded, and the machines are very faulty in terms of payment methods. No major complaints there, though.

Overall, Hume is a great place to live, especially for freshmen in the honors program who are looking for a place where they can easily adapt to college life and make a lot of new friends. I would recommend it to anyone in the UF Honors Program.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: If you are interested in Greek life, UF is the place to come. I am not personally involved, but there are SO many sororities and fraternities on campus, and they are very involved in daily campus life.

1 College Senior

Parking: UF parking decals go by how many credits/your classification at the school. If you were a freshman/sophomore, you got the worst places to park with your decal (and it cost $160 a year), and juniors and seniors get a little better ( but thats only if you're living on campus, and its still $160 a year). If you're off campus, you don't qualify for a decal unless its for the parking lot basically off campus and you still had to take the bus to your classes. I take the bus and don't even bother parking on campus. Not to mention they close practically ALL parking on gamedays, so you can pay someone who has a house off campus $30 to park there or just walk like 2 miles to the stadium.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: There are a lot of good options as to where to eat. However, the number of healthy choices is limited, but there are ways around it! Also, it tends to be expensive. But again, there is a lot of variety and options.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Football here creates a sense of unity and it is who we are. We are the gators. Its an amazing feeling being in the Swamp, our football stadium, and seeing all 80,000 become one.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived on campus for 6 weeks and I personally did not like it. I am used to having my own room so sharing a room with someone was not a personal favorite. However, I lived in one of the best dorms called "Beaty Towers." The space and amenities were great and I was lucky enough to have roommates who understood the importance of shared responsibility. The cost is a bit pricy but living on campus is very convenient. If you would like more privacy, living off campus would be a better choice. I recommend Gainesville Place Apartments.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My program is in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. The advisors are very helpful and I enjoy this program very much. A lot of the majors within this college require similar classes so it's easy to double major. As an English major, the workload is average. It requires a lot of reading but it's not unbearable. All in all, I think this is a great program.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Thus far, I am happy with being an English major. You have a lot of freedom to explore other subjects you like which makes it easier to minor and major in other subjects. Since I want to be a teacher, there are many schools who are open to volunteer teachers which makes finding an internship manageable.

5 College Freshman

Technology: They are crowded during crunch time but there are so many resources on campus where you can find empty ones throughout campus.

1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The housing staff is very greedy and inconsiderate. They make it nearly impossible to be released from the contract regardless of the consequences of remaining in the dorm. Not to mention the dorms arent that nice. I rated it a D rather than an F because location is convenient with regards to proximity to campus and out of all the dorms Beaty is one of the nicer ones. I reccommend Lakeside if anything so you have your own room/privacy/can study in the room. But be weary of the housing staff!!! They truly do not know the meaning of compassion all they care about is money not the wellbeing of the student and its extremely messed up, discouraging, and I will be wasting $2,544 because they wont release me from my contract but I literally CANNOT live in the dorm for the sake of my mental health. Finally, living off campus is cheaper, more flexible, nicer, close enough to campus with busses always running and just overall a more beautiful experience.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes are rigorous, particularly math and science courses. It requires students to step up and achieve their true potential, however, the only fault lies in the size of the classes, way too many lecture halls for imperative classes.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food in reference to the dining plans are great, but the cost is extremely rediculous

4 College Freshman

Majors: being in th engineering program has been fascinating, the best part is the endless funds available for research.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into the engineering program so far has been simple, the criteria begins with even a high school resume, grades in high school are extremely important, and whether an IB program was completed

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am extremely happy in the engineering program, I have endless opportunities and have also made a seat on the board of athletic women of engineers

5 College Freshman

Technology: There are computer labs available in almost every corner at anytime of the day allowing access simple

4 College Freshman

Majors: As a biomedical engineering student, I will be capable of endless research within the university of Florida due to the royalties from gatoraid

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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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