Freshman Decision Day: Class of 2023

Congratulations to all the new Gators, or still hopeful Gators waiting for individual college decisions! (Speaking from experience, I had to wait until March 1st to receive my official decision.) You are in for a wild ride here at UF. As many say, it's the best four years of your life. I could not agree... Continue Reading →

Bike, Scooter or Bus: Take Your Pick!

There are a couple different options for getting around campus. In my three semesters at UF, I have observed students using mostly bikes or the bus. Scooters are prevalent, as well. Walking is also common, especially if you live in the center of campus or in an apartment complex within walking distance to campus. Many... Continue Reading →

Finding Your Dream Internship Through the C3

The Career Connections Center (C3) is truly a wonderful resource when it comes to finding your dream internship or job. The C3 hosts the Career Showcase each Fall and Spring semester.  They also help plan events for different colleges, such as the College of Journalism and Communications' Career Day. The center is the go-to for... Continue Reading →

Finding Your Home in the Swamp!

Finding your home in Gainesville is one of the most important parts of your transition to Gainesville. Many first-year students elect to live on-campus in a dorm. The most popular dorm is Broward Hall or Rawlings Hall. Personally, I chose to live in Springs, which is a bit farther from the center of campus. Here... Continue Reading →

Healthy Gator = Happy Gator

In honor of the flu season, this post is all about staying healthy in college. I have a few tips for taking care of yourself while your studying in the Swamp. I learned from experiences during my first year. For year two, I came armed with a drawer full of medicine, one too many boxes... Continue Reading →

Don’t Fear: First Year is Here!

Welcome! Thank you for joining me! My name is Sarah Pickett! I am a second-year journalism student at the University of Florida. Around the Swamp: The Ultimate Guide for UF Students is a student guide for all things UF. Whether you are a freshman, transfer, graduate student or doctoral student, this guide can serve you!... Continue Reading →

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