Going to College in Another State
Among the 2018 Fall Cohort at the University of Florida, 79.49% of students enrolled lived in Florida already while 20.51% moved from out-of-state to attend. As part of the smaller percentage, I was, what the university dubs, an out-of-state gator — I was a New Yorker swimming in a swamp full of Floridians.
By deciding to attend a school in Florida, I knew that a majority of my classmates would come from Florida. Although slightly daunting, the concept of that was captivating because the last thing I wanted was to feel like I was entering 13th grade at a high school. I wanted newness as I ventured on to the next stage of my life. I wanted to meet fresh faces, reside in an unfamiliar place and take on opportunities that would help me grow as a young adult.
As I near the end of my college career, I could not be happier with my decision to attend an out-of-state university. I developed self-awareness, uncovered my competency and evolved as an aspiring media professional. From meeting a diverse mass of people, experiencing scholarly discussions and all the way to accepting untried opportunities, I believe UF allowed me to mature in far more ways than I ever imagined.
I made memories that I will carry with me throughout my future endeavors. On April 28, I will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, an Event Management Minor and a Communication Studies Minor. Although I am saddened that these four years are coming to a close, this ending is nothing shy of bittersweet. Contrary to popular belief, I am eager to see what my future entails. I mean, I did dedicated ⅕ of my very existence preparing for this very moment; so, bring it on!