South Florida ABA Gives Words of Wisdom at Destination Gainesville

Twenty-seven thousand.

According to University of Florida Admissions staff, that was the approximate number of applications received from students wanting to join the Gator Nation. But, it was only about 11,000 students who were admitted. For those of us who have traveled this road before, we know that getting into UF is only the beginning.

Now that our baby Gators have had a minute to digest the fact that they’ll soon step foot on one of THE best campuses in the country, it was time for alumni to step in and offer a bit of perspective.

Each year, admitted UF students from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties come out to Destination Gainesville to gain insight into everything from student life to housing to financial aid. This year’s program took place March 20-22 at locations throughout the tri-county area. For the second year, members of South Florida ABA were on hand to talk to students about some of the things that they wouldn’t be able to find in a brochure.

Some topics included: the power of networking and how those who get out and meet other students, faculty, and staff are at a better advantage when it comes to internships and jobs; the strategy behind choosing classes like taking into consideration time of day, who the professor is, and what that means for students who live on vs. off campus; and how the college experience may be a student’s first real taste of adulthood and the responsibilities that come with that.

Needless to say, when it came time to mix and mingle, students were in line to make sure that alumni left with their contact info. We look forward to playing a role in helping our new family transition into life as a Gator and continuing to offer support throughout their college careers.

Thanks again to alums Damian Daley, Kelli-Anne Lane, Reshunda Mahone, Steadmond Smith and Katrina Louis for speaking as part of the Destination Gainesville program as well as other Gator grads who made themselves available to students.

It’s Great to be a Floria Gator!


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