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College Guide 2014

Orlando 101: Welcome to Orlando Weekly's college guide

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“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies – God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

In Kurt Vonnegut’s genius novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, one of the book’s characters makes this speech to a couple of babies he’s baptizing. It’s a sort of a short, sweet orientation speech for life. While you, college students, are not babies, you are being baptized into a strange new world when you enter college – there’s a whole new set of expectations and responsibilities and rules you’ve got to follow when you get there, and sometimes it does sort of feel like you’re a baby trying to navigate a round, wet, crowded world you’ve hardly had a chance to acquaint yourself with.

Just as Vonnegut’s character reminds those babies in his novel, your time in college is finite – it’s going to go quickly, and you ought to make the most of it while you’re here.

We hope that this guide we’ve put together for you helps you do just that. In it, we’ve compiled advice from your fellow college students about traveling abroad, landing internships, getting over your insecurities during freshman year and more. We’ve also compiled listings of the best events, club nights and college deals we could find, and we’ve paired that with a listing of some of our favorite bars in town. We encourage you to get out there and explore. And though you’re not babies, we do hope you’ll take Vonnegut’s excellent advice, which we think transcends all ages: Be kind. Life’s too short to be a douchebag.

Orlando 101 was written almost entirely by three college students: Lauren Ball (Lipscomb University), Stephanie Garcia (Rollins College) and Kaleb Quast (University of Central Florida). They had just a little bit of help from Orlando Weekly’s editor, Erin Sullivan.

College Guide 2014
  • Orlando 101: Welcome to Orlando Weekly's college guide “Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies – God damn it, you’ve got to be k | 8/13/2014
  • How to study abroad (the right way) In the words of Saint Augustine, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Whether taking a weeklong excursion to Africa or spending a semester in Europe, studying abroad is at the top of many college bucket lists. So read away, m | 8/13/2014
  • Let the web be your guide The best sites for navigating Orlando culture | 8/13/2014
  • 6 things to do if you don’t love the club Want to go out, but you don’t feel like hanging out at clubs? Try one of these activities instead | 8/13/2014
  • You said it Students tell us about life near their campuses | 8/13/2014
  • Interns R Us How to land an internship that won’t make you resent being somebody else’s free labor | 8/13/2014
  • The best things in life are cheap (or free) Tuition is high, your student loan repayments are looming and chances are you barely have $2 stashed away in your dorm room for an emergency. But, somehow, you still gotta live. That’s what student discounts and freebies are for. They’re hardly publicize | 8/13/2014
  • Social studies The college experience isn’t just about book learning – it’s also about expanding your horizons, meeting people and teaching yourself to balance work and play. Your school has you covered on the work part of the equation – we’ll help you out with the playin | 8/13/2014
  • Eat this How to feed yourself when you don’t know how to cook and don’t have anything to eat | 8/13/2014
  • Cafeteria caloric values | 8/13/2014
  • Watering holes UCF college haunts Knight Library 11448 University Blvd., knightlibrary.com Named one of the top college bars in the country by thedailymeal.com, Knight Library has four bars, beer pong, tons of drink specials and notoriously gross bathrooms, just like an | 8/13/2014
  • Alcohol caloric values | 8/13/2014
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