This summer, I spent my first semester at UF where I had an amazing time. I would highly recommend applying for a summer term no matter what college it’s for because the pros are endless.
There’s so much to do and so much to look forward to that I truly never stopped having fun and making new memories. I made so many new friends and even became friends with kids from my high school that I never talked to.
During this summer, I learned how to effectively manage my time and how to balance my classes with the presence of a social life. I took two classes, which isn’t much compared to a regular college semester; this gave me plenty of time to figure out where everything was on campus and to get acclimated to living on my own. Summer B is only six weeks, from the end of June to the beginning of August, so you still get a couple weeks of summer at home with your parents and friends.
I will definitely do it again next summer because of how much I learned in just six weeks of living on my own. A piece of advice is to not follow your friends to college because you’ll make plenty of friends there since there is a group for everyone.
You don’t even have to room with a friend; I chose a random roommate and he turned out to be a pretty cool guy and one of my greatest friends. Along with getting accustomed to the campus, you also gain an appreciation for everything your parents do for you at home. I finally realized how much my parents sacrifice for me, and it helped me mature into the adult that I became at college.
Finally, the best perk is that during fall you can people-watch all of the new and incoming freshman that have no idea what’s going on. Once in a while, it can even make your day, knowing that that is not you.