LRHS seniors are preparing for their futures after high school. Some are touring prospective schools. Campus tours help students learn about the college or university’s facilities, student life, academics, and programs. Seeing and learning about different schools can be helpful when determining where to apply.  

Emma McIntyre – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- I recently had the pleasure of touring the University of Florida (UF). While there, they told us about what they want as a school and what they want for their future students.

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The author tours UF

“Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural, and societal benefit.” UF’s main goal is to strengthen the human condition and improve the human quality of life.

Jacob, our student tour guide, showed us everything from the dorms to the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on a walking tour.

The six dorm villages house around 8,500 of UF’s 52,000 students. We were informed that there are three different types of dorms: traditional dorms, apartments, and suites, which are typically reserved for athletes.

The tour guide was sure to mention that UF contains six Starbucks to fill up on caffeine before you hit the books at one of the nine available libraries on campus.

Two hours and 7,000 steps later, the most important piece of advice I took from this tour was to not lighten your work load senior year. Although it’s common among students, it doesn’t look great on applications.

I’ve been committed to Auburn University my whole life, but after touring UF and seeing how many clubs and opportunities they offer, not to mention the beautiful campus, I have a lot to take into consideration.

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