Summer Loving – Kelli Kaufmann
It’s summer here in Gainesville, and that means a couple things: 1) Leaving the safety of an air-conditioned shelter runs the risk of your face melting off. 2) UF students flee town at the first sign of freedom after their last exams to travel, work, or take internships. 3) IA students sleep for a week straight, wake up, and go right back to class.
Our “summer” break is much shorter than traditional program UF students, and the light at the end of the tunnel that is our semester break from classes is much farther away. “Why are you telling me this?” you might be asking right now. It might sound awful at first, but as a local who has spent every summer of my life in Gainesville, I can assure you that you have nothing to worry about. Here is some food for thought that will hopefully turn these negatives into positives:
1) Take advantage of the heat waves with some beach waves. The nearest beaches to Gainesville—Crescent Beach or St. Augustine Beach—are only an hour and a half drive, making it a perfect destination for a day-trip or a weekend adventure.
2) The whole campus is practically empty, but when has that been a bad thing? Fewer students on campus means more parking, less traffic, and more freedom for the rest of us. Say goodbye to crowded gyms, walkways, and restaurants, say hello to Summer A.
3) The thought of being a full-time student during the summer is enough to make most people cringe, but IA students are not most people. Yes, I think now is one of those times where we all need a pep-talk. We are the students that UF created an entirely new program for. We are the students left to take over campus during these summer months, and then take charge of the real world while everyone else is stuck here during the fall. My point here is that I understand why some might find being confined to summer classes inconvenient, but I also understand that having that attitude will get those people nowhere. We are IA; we might as well take advantage of it.