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Old 04-19-2011, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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Hello all, I'm transferring to the university of west florida this coming fall as a junior. I'm coming from Tampa, so I haven't really gotten the explore the pensacola area recently (I used to live there when I was younger). I'm kind of worried that moving to pcola might not be right for me. I've been researching the area constantly and all I hear are things like "the beach is great" or "it's a depressed area" or "a very religious city." These types of statements scare me (except the beach one ). Lately I've been having second thoughts about whether I should transfer to UNF in Jacksonville, as I have heard many good things. I really need some guidance and I really hope you all can help me! When comparing the two schools, which do you think is better, and why? How are the cities compared in terms of things to do, location, "niceness," etc. One question I can't seem to find the answer to is which city has more rednecks? (I'm talking about the mean ones). Where is it easier to make friends? Are the people nice in these two areas unlike the rude, disgusting people you encounter in Tampa, Orlando, SoFla. Any input is greatly appreciated! I need to make a decision fast!
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:39 AM
 
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Having never lived in either but visited both semi-frequently, given your concerns I would opt for Jacksonville. I find the people to be quite nice. The "redneck" population tends to live more on the north side whereas you'll be on the south side close to campus at UNF. The south side is the most desirable section of the metro area. The Jacksonville beaches are quite nice and way overlooked. UNF is coming on strong in terms of reputation and very well could be the next UCF in terms of growth. UWF meanwhile is lagging and struggles for recognition outside of the Panhandle. Unless you're an Environmental Studies or Marine Biology major, UWF will lack versus UNF in my opinion.
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