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Friday, June 14, 2024

Going to college can be overwhelming, but transferring to a new college can be downright daunting. It means uprooting yourself, forgetting habits you only recently formed, and adjusting to a different lifestyle, but getting none of the slack afforded to freshmen. As a transfer student myself, I can relate to the challenges that come with being somewhere new, feeling a bit out of place, and looking confused. 

I’ve compiled a list of pointers to help you transition as smoothly as possible and feel right at home in no time.  

You’re welcome.  

  1. Don’t be afraid to use a campus map. Sure, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb, but walking around aimlessly is just silly. For more incognito assistance to getting around campus, download the UF app. 
  2. Get acquainted with Library West. You will cultivate a love/hate relationship with this place but you will be thankful when you see your UF GPA. The third floor is my personal favorite; it’s quiet, but not to the point where silence is loud, if you know what I mean.  
  3. Starbucks is conveniently located everywhere you look but Pascal’s Coffeehouse on University and 16th is across from Lib West and has better coffee served in a better atmosphere with better service. Your day will improve significantly if it begins at Pascal’s (no, I do not work for them. This is deliberate endorsement, I swear.)
  4. If you live within walking distance from campus, chances are purchasing a parking decal is not necessary. Save your money. Thank me later.
  5. Meet Sakai, embrace Sakai, love Sakai. 
  6. Southwest Rec: dumbbells galore. Student Rec Center a.k.a. Racquet Club: group fitness classes and cardio. 
  7. On that note, group fitness classes are a great way to jump on the health bandwagon if you’re not already on it, so take advantage of the great classes offered. 
  8. The best way to feel like a part of your new school and meet new people is to become involved in extracurricular activities. 
  9. Greek life is a big part of UF (as I’m sure the letters plastered half the student body’s clothes have already implied) so if the idea of being in a sorority or fraternity is enticing to you, go for it. 
  10. Last but certainly not least, attend at least one football game and remember that the best two words in the the English language are “GATOR" and "FOOTBALL.”
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