College Junior 2011-07-20T18:21:18Z
So Many Choices – When I came to Freshman Orientation to sign up for classes I was amazed by all the choices. Not only did the University of Florida have the usual acting and dance classes, I also saw Rock Music History, Russian Fairy Tales, Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction, and so many other interesting classes. Even better they encourage you to take what sounds interesting to you, because as a freshmen you will learn to love learning and take an interest in studying, which will better your study skills when you take a class you don't like. The only trouble is the really fun ones fill up fast, and some popular culture ones like Vampire History hav a waiting list two years long.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-20T06:00:22Z
I find people that love greek life and others that are against it. The connotation of the typical greek is a heavy party person. I can see this as true. There are countless parties going on each week. I myself am not that into it. Even considering that some Greeks have philanthropic agendas, I just never really got into them.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-20T05:44:54Z
My freshman year consisted of me within a hall of frat boys where the floors were usually covered in vomit. Through that I made friends that weren't solely responsible for the happenings and had more control. I took these friendships and expanded my networking to a diverse group of students. When relaxing with others I usually find myself among a rainbow of friends.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-20T05:42:19Z
Digital Arts – I haven't really gotten into my major coursework, but so far has required more work than I usually would have to put into school and it's for the better. I get to mix abstractness of art with the concreteness of computers. Eventually I hope to be making video games or make animated movies. The couple of intro classes I've taken dealing with animation are very interesting however time consuming.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-19T23:00:28Z
Not Too Strict – The campus is pretty open about most things. Any policies are generally more helpful than hurtful. The police are pretty strict about speed limits on campus (20mph) but that's usually good with so many students walking around. Drinking is more fun and easier off campus, so that's what people go for. The open-container policy doesn't really apply on game day. Overall, I think there's an appropriate amount of strictness.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-19T22:53:27Z
Computers are pretty accessible all around campus. There are several in the libraries and computer lab. Generally there is always one available, although it may take a bit of hunting during finals week. There is also an architecture lab with computers open 24/7. Printing is available in the computer labs that will charge your UF account, so you don't need to worry about bringing change, and also there is free printing in the student union. Most people do use laptops, as there is WiFi accessible all over campus and in the dorms.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-19T22:47:13Z
The academics at UF are incredibly diverse, but all hold a substantial amount of rigor. There are plenty of easy filler classes available, but the core coursework requires a lot of focus. You quickly realize that you need to put in a lot of effort, but the resources are always available for you to do well. By talking with advisers and other students, you learn which courses are easier and which are harder, and can easily build a well balanced, manageable schedule each semester.
College Senior 2011-07-15T20:24:31Z
Great Learning + Socializing Environment – It is a perfect learning environment where you can not only achieve your goals, but you can also succeed and socialize with others.
College Senior 2011-07-15T20:22:11Z
So far my first year at UF has been incredible. Even though my classes take a lot of my time, I had the opportunity to meet people and and attend some events as well as travel around the nation to represent my school.
College Senior 2011-07-15T20:17:08Z
I;m a Biochemistry major at UF. The curriculum itself is rigorous and time consuming. You have t study about 25-30 hours a week and they expect you to know the material in a very short period of time. The professors teaching the course are qualified and know thier stuff.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T20:05:48Z
Local Wonders – There are many local wonderful restaurants in Gainesville. There is a niche for every type of dining experience.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T20:05:11Z
The facilities are great, except the food is pretty terrible chain-food quality.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T20:04:17Z
Lacking in Liberal Arts and a Bureaucratic Nightmare – The University of Florida is lacking in administrators who value a strong liberal arts program. Also, it's easy to feel very insignificant and exploited because of the large bureaucratic puzzle one must solve in order to get anything accomplished.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T17:50:50Z
Currently the only financial aid I am receiving is from Florida Bright Futures. It is very easy to apply for scholarships and the more you apply for the greater your chance is to receive them!
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T15:09:16Z
Advisors Are Always Posting Job Opportunities – I'm in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I've been very impressed with the communication between the faculty advisers and the students. I am a Nutritional Sciences major hoping to earn a Bachelors in Nutrition and apply to Pharmacy School afterwards. The advisers in my college have been very helpful in guiding me through the courses I have to take to ensure my plans for the future. At least once a week, they e-mail job or research opportunities around Gainesville and even abroad. My college is very good at networking and that's something I find very important.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T22:13:53Z
Gator Pride – Whether it's intramural, club, recreational, or NCAA, gators are involved and show support for their fellow classmates. We have great records in the state and national levels and are constantly striving to improve.
College Senior 2011-07-12T21:49:31Z
Beer, Lots and Lots of Beer – I don't ever hear about a big drug problem at UF, just a lot of people who love to drink... beer (Natty Light) and cheap liquor. Generally when I go to parties (on and off campus) I see more beer than anything. It's cheap and easy to come by. Beer pong is a favorite party past time for students :P As for the Frat parties, there's more of a combination. The brothers all have their own stash of "goo" or better quality liquor and they do tons of shots together, and hunch-punch is always on hand (kool aid or gator aid mixed with cheap vodka). So
College Senior 2011-07-12T21:39:57Z
Guys & Girls:
Ehhh.... Not So Much – The only time I really check guys out is at the Southwest Gym here at UF. It's the main one everyone goes to, but other than that I typically don't see anyone worth looking at around campus. As for girls, I think they have more to offer in looks in comparison to the guys. Honestly, the girls are generally cuter than most of the guys. As for the "type" of people here, you get everything under the sun, seriously. I thought that UF would have a stereotypical student, but really everyone is so different from each other.
College Senior 2011-07-12T21:31:24Z
Difficulty and Diversity – There's a few things that come to my mind when I think of the University of Florida. The first is how difficult it is to get a good grade here. There's almost no such thing as an easy A class. Instead most of them are weed-out classes. Second, I think of the great Veterinary School they have here. Hence, why I applied in the first place. They have the second best in the nation behind UC Davis. Lastly, they are extremely diverse. There is no typical UF student or teacher, or class for that matter. You can find so many different classes here- my mom is always telling me how if she went to college here she'd be so excited because of all the random/interesting classes they provide. For example, Bugs and People. I think it's pretty cool. Also, they have 946 current organizations of all kinds, so no one can say that they don't have a niche at UF.
College Junior 2011-07-06T09:01:51Z
No Outback, but Manageable – The food isn't the greatest all the time, but it isn't bad either.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-05T18:03:08Z
AS stated before, bus routes run from 6am-2:45am. So being stuck on campus is not possible. The campus also has food everywhere and essential college supplies and copy machines are abundant on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-05T18:01:14Z
Transportation during the night is essential to college life. UF's transportation runs from early in the morning till about 2-3am. So when I study at the library, I don't have to worry about the time for quiet a while.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-05T17:55:16Z
Cominf from a small community college, I was told UF was harsh, the professors didn't care, and the class rooms were filled with a thousand students. However, when I showed up, the classes had max of 70 students and the labs only had 10 students. The professors are exteremly nice and care about the student. Also, the professors begged us to come to their offices to ask questions. Overall, UF's professors are very knowledgable and attending UF is the best experience thus far!!
College Junior 2011-07-05T13:35:43Z
Health & Safety:
On Campus Police Force – There is a very large on campus police force as well as many security measures taken with all the students. There are also many health facilities that are free and welcoming to students.
College Junior 2011-07-05T13:34:27Z
Entering Fall 2011 – I'm attending the University of Florida in the fall, so I have not started any classes as of now. However, I have attended my preview to sign up for classes, and there are an abundance opportunities available within my Psychology major as well as on the campus as a whole.
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