College! Vol. UF UM FIU FAU FSU?

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  1. agentarenas

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    Where do you guys go for college and how do you like it? Im a senior in high school right now and not sure where Im going to go for undergrad. Hope to major inPre med.
     
  2. kingjames23

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    I go to UF and absolutely love it. At UF pre-med isn't a major it's a track. So you'll have a major but take classes that put you on a"pre-med" track that will have you ready for med school.

    What campuses have you visited? That is the best thing you can do, you've got to get a feel for the school as a whole. If you got questions about UF youcan PM me or put it in the thread and I'll answer them for you.
     
  3. agentarenas

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    Only campus i "visited" was UM, and I was just there for lunch with friends, not really walking around campus. I need to go up toGainesville and look at the UF campus. I want to go to UF but most of my family is against it, and I'm interviewing for a full tuition scholarship at UM,so if I get that I guess I would go to UM. What would you say is the best part of UF, and whats the worst part? Are the dorms alright? I applied for Tolbert,Rawlings, and Jennings.
     
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    The fact that Gainesville is a college town is both a good and bad thing. Everything is pretty close to campus. I usually spend most of my free time playingsports and then go out on the weekends so I really don't have a problem with finding stuff to do. But I came from a small town so I'm used to thattype of environment. But I have some friends from Miami who had a harder time adjusting from a big city. There are parties just about every day, you'vejust have to know the right people and plenty of clubs and bars if that's your type of thing. If you have friends at each of the schools it would bebetter for them to take you around the campus and city, they'll show you more than any school tour would. That's how you'll get a true feel for theschools and if not still take the guided tour, it's still good to go up there in any capacity.

    Dorms are for the most part very old. You just get a desk, dresser, closet and a bed. Tolbert is right across from the O-Dome and it is kinda old (relativeto others). Next to a dining hall if you get a meal plan that is very convenient. Rawlings is old but it's in a great location which is the best part ofit. It's close to another dining hall, a ton of classes, a good location. Jennings is the newest of the ones you chose (I believe). The location is nottoo far from Rawlings but probably the worst of the 3 in terms of location. Pretty much the newer dorms are in a worse location than the older ones whichmakes sense. So I guess you've already sent in the housing form and made your choices? It's a good think to live on campus for a year just for theexperience and meet different people. But a year is probably enough time.
     
  5. agentarenas

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    Thanks for answer... Im from Miami so I guess the transition would be sorta weird, but Im all for something new anyways. I sent in my housing formand all that, I'm just not sure if I'm going there yet. If I do go to UF I would end up in dorms for all four years because I have the Prepaid dormplan. I'd spend more time playing ball than partying really, are the gyms and all of that nice? My friend who goes to FAU says the courts are alwayspacked, and that school is tiny compared to UF. Thanks alot for the info man, its greatly appreciated.
     
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    Southwest is nice and it's pretty big. And they are going to expand it, costing $16 million or so. You'll be lucky and get to see that, it should beamazing. Yeah, it's usually pretty packed if you go at 5 PM or later since everyone is out of class. If you don't have class during the day thecourts are yours. But the good thing about all the people is that you'll always have a game.
    Southwest has 6 indoor courts and 2 outdoor courts. If you have to wait for a game it isn't too bad since there are a lot of courts. Not sure what itwill be when it expands. The weight room is an average size (perhaps a tad on the small size), during peak hours forget it, it's too much of a hassle toget anything done. There's a separate cardio room as well.

    It just depends on the person. If whatever you like to do can be done anywhere you should be ok. If it's usually in big cities and you like thatatmosphere it'll be different. Like my roommate is from Miami but he loves it here but as I said one of his friends hates it. It all depends what youlike to do, if sports are a big part of your free time (playing or watching) you may find it better I don't know.You name it, people play it here.

    It's not a problem at all and keep firing away if you still got questions. It's a big decision and make sure you know everything that you want to knowabout the schools.
     
  7. agentarenas

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    Thanks. Unfortunately I won't know where if I'm going to UF or not til around the end of April. Southwest sounds sick, I hope I get to see it when I goup.
     
  8. minah86

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    damn...i just wrote an essay worth of material only to not have been logged in and had it erased. i read about the southwest expansion long time ago and haveyet to see signs of it [​IMG]. i think they're going to hold off on the plans with the decrease in the student body and with the budget cuts...atleast ithink that's what would be the sensible thing to do.

    im not gonna write all that again but here are cliffnotes:

    -im a senior at UF and also pre-med. go to the school where you'll get the highest grades. admissions doesn't give preference to UF or UM students toFIU or FAU students or what have you. a 3.8GPA/33 MCAT FIU student will beat out a 3.6GPA/31 MCAT UF student (assuming all else equal). you don't getleeway for going to a big name school with med school admissions. there's no pre-med major. you can major in whatever you like, WHATEVER!, as long as youtake the pre-reqs for med school. most people major in biology or nutrition or something like that, but there are a few who major in non-traditional majors(i'm an economics major w/ pre-med track).

    -im also from south florida and hated it here during my first couple semesters -- it was WAY too damn country. i got used to it eventually and sort of enjoythe laid back feel of gville; no crazy drivers as well. however, i still prefer the city feel over the country scene.

    -uf will probably be the best in offering the full "college experience". our athletics dept. is something everyone knows about and there'snothing like having season tickets in the swamp. many, many things to do on campus and off-campus as mentioned before. if you want something to do, there willbe something to do.
     
  9. ajchick23

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    I think the answer is pretty obvious. [​IMG]
    2nd year Health Education major here.

    It's GREAT to be a Florida Gator!
     
  10. agentarenas

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    Thanks for the responses. Mina, I heard that the school does make a slight difference, are you sure about that being useless? I was told by numerous peoplethat a 3.6 at FIU is less than a 3.6 at UF, as well as the fact that the UM medical school prefers UF students to UM undergrad students. I would much rather goto UF than FIU, but the fact that it makes no difference is pretty discouraging.
     
  11. minah86

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    where did you hear that from, just out of curiosity. if it does make a difference, it's small enough to not even be considered. all 4 year schools will belooked at equally. i'm not saying going to a community college will be the same, because that's just not reasonable. in fact, go ahead and e-mail thedirector of admissions for each med school and ask them directly. their e-mails are usually found on the med webpage.

    i also don't understand why UM would give preference to UF students...that just wouldn't make sense. however, florida schools DO give preference toflorida residents, but the name of the school doesn't matter. the only instance where a school might make a difference is if you're coming from an ivyleague school. in any event, you might want to e-mail the the admissions committee directly.
     
  12. kingjames23

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    Undergrad if there is a difference it is very slight (on paper). Grad school is where there is a lot of weight attached to where you got your degree. I knowfor high level law firms you can't get your foot in the door without graduating a tier 1 school. Your undergrad experience is all about what you put intoit. If you put in the effort UF opens more doors because of the networking possibilities, internships and the like because of the size and prestige of it.

    Grad schools tend to want to get diversity into their programs and don't want to funnel students from their undergrad programs into their grad schoolswhich is probably why you're saying that they prefer UF to UM. That is pretty much the case at most grad schools, just because you were undergradwon't help you get into grad school.
     
  13. baller23217

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    I went to FSU and loved it. I decided on FSU after visiting the campus and walkin around and just gettin a feel for everything. The best advice I would give isto just go to each campus and see which one feels right to you. I got into UF but FSU just felt like the right place for me (plus the scholarship made thedecision a lil easier).

    Anyway, if you can try and get a friend at each campus and have them take you out. That would be the best way to decide. All of the big Florida colleges aregonna have really good nightlife and sports.
     
  14. agentarenas

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    Thanks for the help everyone... I heard back from the scholarship committee at UM today and I got it! Ill be going there for Undergrad... anyone attendingthere currently?