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College Guide 2014

You said it

Students tell us about life near their campuses


Rollins College

What’s your name, age and year in school? Patrick Smith, 21, senior.
Say I’m new to campus and looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where I should go? Oh, definitely hit up Fids (Fiddlers Green, 544 W. Fairbanks Ave., fiddlersgreenorlando). It’s an authentic Irish pub that is frequented by Rollins students and has good food, good drinks, real darts, live music, sports games and everything you need. It’s just a really cool atmosphere to go with some friends and enjoy your time.
How about for food? Any good restaurants around here? You can’t go wrong. Take a walk down Park Avenue and randomly pick; you won’t regret it. My favorites are 310 Park South (310 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 310parksouth.net) if you want a nice sit-down restaurant, or BurgerFi (538 S. Park Ave., burgerfi.com) if you’re looking for a more relaxed burger joint.
What’s the best option on the dining-hall or cafeteria menu? Oh, that’s a tough one. It’s hard to pick, only because everything on campus is delicious. Normally when you think of cafeteria food, you think “nope, that sounds horrendous,” but with Rollins’ cafeteria, it’s all practically gourmet and made right in front of you, fresh. My favorite is when they have the French onion soup and the homemade authentic Southern fried chicken, or the BBQ chicken.
What do people do for fun on this campus? There’s always something going on. We have an entire office dedicated to coming up with fun things to do on campus called Rollins Entertainment Programs. They do stuff like movies on the lawn, or de-stress days close to finals, with five-minute massages and smoothies for free. The fraternities and sororities put on events as well, like Watermelon Bust, wing fling and puppy dates. Or, if you want something quieter, we have a room in the library full of pillows, which is a good place for a nap.
How’s parking on this campus? Parking can be a challenge. Since we are such a small campus, there is only so much room for vehicles.
Any tips for beating the parking nightmares? Easiest way would be to not even bring your car. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, you don’t even need a car. If you do have a car on campus, be sure to come early. Once 8:30 a.m. hits, good luck finding a spot on campus.
If you don’t know anyone around here, where’s the best place to go and meet new people? Pick a spot. People are so friendly here that at times I forget not everyone is this nice. You can go up to pretty much anyone and strike up a conversation. Best spots to hit are the cafeteria, any of the cafés on campus or even the library.

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