The Fun Isn’t Over if You’re Sober: Alcohol-Free Fun in Gainesville

By: Joshua Klafter As a bustling college town crammed with over 50,000 students, Gainesville is well-known for its bar and clubbing scenes. Whether it be the jam-packed Midtown or varied Downtown, having a good time in the swamp is most commonly associated with drinking. As someone who isn’t yet 21, I, unfortunately, can’t partake in this staple pastime. Luckily, Gainesville does offer alternatives for individuals … Continue reading The Fun Isn’t Over if You’re Sober: Alcohol-Free Fun in Gainesville

Life with my First Roommate

By Mary-Lou Watkinson It’s my senior year of college, and I decided to make one of the biggest decisions of my life. I decided to get a roommate. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but this is a pretty big step for me. I know what some of you are thinking: “Didn’t you live in a dorm?” “You haven’t had ANY roommates this whole time?” “You lived … Continue reading Life with my First Roommate

Rivalries Bring People Together (And Apart)

By Nina Cusmano Photo by Taylor Stone (used with permission) If you grew up in Florida, you have likely encountered the rivalries of Florida State and University of Florida. The Seminoles and Gators are an example of an innate hate for another team that is inherited for some at birth and others when they chose the school they will attend. Whichever sports team you support … Continue reading Rivalries Bring People Together (And Apart)

Swamp Talk: Things We Should Know by Now

By Meaghan Cloherty Somewhere along the line, I picked up this dangerous fondness for introducing all of my friends to each other. Afterwards, the “what do you think?” answers start to reveal blunders or habits that make other people unnecessarily uncomfortable. I am so grateful for my brutally honest friends who will let me know when I’ve done something that throws people off, but when … Continue reading Swamp Talk: Things We Should Know by Now

Swamp Talk: My Grades Don’t Define What I’ve Learned

By Sarah Loftus Every semester, I grow in ways I didn’t think possible, and this semester, I learned one of my most valuable lessons a few weeks ago. In elementary, middle and high school, I was constantly told how important grades were. I have a high-achieving older sister, educated grandparents and parents. My dad’s family puts an emphasis on never settling for anything less than … Continue reading Swamp Talk: My Grades Don’t Define What I’ve Learned

Swamp Talk: How to Reduce Stress Before Finals

By Chelsea Perry Finals are just around the corner. With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, it’s easy for us to become overwhelmed with everything we have on our plates (other than the turkey and stuffing, of course). Whether it’s studying for finals or writing papers, the holiday season can prove to be an extremely stressful time for students. According to GatorWell Health Promotion … Continue reading Swamp Talk: How to Reduce Stress Before Finals