This post comes from Lauren in our Marketing Department
When I was 16, I did the obligatory “tour of colleges” with my parents. We checked out some “Ivies of the South”, ACC schools, other SEC schools and Florida. Florida was the last stop on our tour and by the time I got back in the car, I knew that I wanted to be a Florida Gator.
Gainesville and the University of Florida have a great laid back, yet unique charm. A freshman can find the comforts of home (it’s a chain restaurant mecca) as well as explore some great local places and traditions. Here are the top five reasons why it’s great to be a Florida Gator.
#5: Fashion – for once and for all – GATORS DO NOT WEAR JEAN SHORTS! Just had to get that off my chest. But there is a laid back fashion sense in Gainesville that doesn’t necessarily include pearls to football games.
#4: World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party – Not sure if we are allowed to call it that anymore, but the annual faceoff between Florida and Georgia is one of the best traditions at UF. For the last decade, it has definitely been great to be a Florida Gator that weekend….Florida holds an 8-2 advantage.
#3: Weather – How many schools can tan between classes? Before I was worried about skin cancer and wrinkles, I used to love to lay out at “Broward Beach” and do homework between classes. You can do this about 9 months out of the year.
#2: Education – As an adult in the working world, I am very proud of my degree from the University of Florida. According to US News and World Reports, UF is the 15th best public university in the country. The average freshman had over a 4.0 GPA in high school! I am not sure I would even get in if I had to apply now….
#1: Sports Excellence – Many people are aware of the championships and excellence in recent years from the football team and men’s basketball team, sports excellence runs deep at the University of Florida. 2009 marked the Gators’ twenty-sixth consecutive year among the nation’s top ten best overall collegiate athletic programs. No other Division I athletic program has matched that feat, and Florida has achieved this record while fielding fewer sports teams than many of the other perennial top collegiate athletic programs. In 2010, the Gators won National Championships in Men’s Indoor Track and Field and Women’s Swimming and Diving. Go Gators!
Whether we are winning or losing, it’s great to be a Florida Gator. The last few Saturdays have been tough for Gator fans, but “In all kinds of weather, we all stick together for F-L-O-R-I-D-A!”