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Old 01-17-2008, 11:10 PM
 
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Ok, so I was completely excited about going to UCF in Orlando, moving there from Los Angeles, and then I came to this site, only to find tons of threads talking about how life in Orlando is like a living nightmare, and now I seriously considering staying in Los Angeles (even though I've lived here all my life and was very excited about experiencing life in Florida). Now before I make my final decision NOT to study in Orlando is there anyone who can convince me back into going to study in Orlando or am I much better off where I am? I'll tell you the reasons I initially wanted to live in Orlando (from what I had previously understood about it) instead of L.A., so does any of this have foundation?: L.A. is purely urban, whereas Orlando and Central Florida have a mix of both the urban and rural (I mean not combined but they're both present). Florida has better beaches (with Cocoa Beach 45 minutes from Orlando, the Gulf Coast 2 hours away in the other direction (yes, I have done some research)) and the beaches of South Florida, including Key West to the South. The only rural parts in Southern California (i.e. the only desirable locations (I might as well say it -- I really dislike it here in L.A
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:13 PM
 
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K my post got cut off, as I was saying, the rural parts of so Cali (i.e. Orange County, Calabasas) are EXTREMELY expensive, as is really all of So Cali -- honestly, real estate is way too expensive here, and I know it's much lower in Florida even if Orlando jobs pay less. Any thoughts? Agreement? Disagreement? Was I correct initially with these ideas or should I really just listen to all the people on these boards and not move to Orlando? (Oh, I almost forgot -- Disney World is one of my very favorite places in the world!)
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:17 PM
 
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Listen to everyone else. This place sucks, no money, please do not move here. You will regret it. Sure we have nice beaches, birds, blah, blah , blah, but you will work for basically nothing, have no extra money to spend on yourself and work on all holidays. This place has made a severe turn for the worse and I'm sad to say it since this place used to be nice and affordable.
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:27 PM
 
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Could You Skip A Semester And Look Into Other Schools?florida Is Crowded And I Doubt It Will Be Better Than La. If You Just Want To Leave Ca Then Why Not Do A Bit More Investigating Into Areas That May Interest You. Maybe It Would Be Better To Go To School In Ca,where You Are Familiar.you're A Resident, So That Helps In The Costs.after You Graduate ,you Can Move Where There Is Employment And Other Things That Meet Your Criteria...
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:23 AM
 
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Listen to everyone else. This place sucks, no money, please do not move here. You will regret it. Sure we have nice beaches, birds, blah, blah , blah, but you will work for basically nothing, have no extra money to spend on yourself and work on all holidays. This place has made a severe turn for the worse and I'm sad to say it since this place used to be nice and affordable.
I'm not going to try to talk you into moving here, but pay careful attention to the kinds of things that negative people on here say, because you will probably notice they have nothing to do with you.

Notice how Noodles' main complaint is the pay. He's basically totally ignoring everything you said, which was that you were going to go here to attend college! So what "pay" is he talking about then?

A lot of people on here complaining about pay don't have a college education, but that's the whole point of you coming here, so it doesn't make sense.

The vibe is totally negative from a lot of people on this forum but when you break it down they are talking about like one narrow issue that is very particular to their personal situation. Notice how Noodles dismisses "nice beaches and birds" with a "blah blah blah." Notice how that in no way contradicts the idea that they are nice- what he is saying is that HE doesn't care about nice beaches and birds. If you like those things, then what does it matter that he's dismissive?

Then the other reply said it's "crowded" in Florida. But your whole point was that in Cali there isn't one bit of rural land available. Out here, indeed there is plenty, and when you are out there in the boonies it sure doesn't feel "crowded" to me. These people are talking about like crappy areas of the inner city. There is lots of rural country, although yes, it is threatened by growth.

If I were you I'd come here and visit the UCF area, downtown Orlando, and the beaches (since they are a draw for you), and then decide. That's basically the main places you'd be if you went to UCF so whatever else they're upset about wouldn't much affect you.

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Old 01-18-2008, 05:28 AM
 
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Default Thank you...

Thank you very much, oresident. I have a Disney World trip planned for March, and I have some free days at the end of the trip I've now decided to use to (1) go to Cocoa Beach, (2) go to Downtown Orlando to spend a day and (3) explore the UCF campus.
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Thank you very much, oresident. I have a Disney World trip planned for March, and I have some free days at the end of the trip I've now decided to use to (1) go to Cocoa Beach, (2) go to Downtown Orlando to spend a day and (3) explore the UCF campus.
Florida is not for everyone. I enjoy it and would never want to leave here. Of course not everyone feels that way. You have to make your own decision about you feel about the place.

There are some people on this forum for whatever reason feel they live in hell and that Florida is no place for anyone to live. Well clearly some of us really like it here but its a good idea to look at some of the more objective posts on the situation here.

For example, one of the things I don't like about Orlando is the traffic. I can't imagine that would bother you after living in California.

I will be attending UCF for the summer semester to finish up my nursing degree. You will find that many of the community colleges have UCF office there, you can be enrolled at UCF but physically attending classes at the community college locations which will make it easier for me since I won't have to drive into the main location of UFC unless I take a class that is not offered at the community college location.

If I had to live right in the thick of Orlando, I would find that rather trying. I don't like to live in such densely populated areas, I never have. I have always lived outside the main part of the cities like Dallas or Boston. The general noise and traffic congestion is more then I want to deal with.
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:56 AM
 
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Default hope this helps

Hi Dabukaba, Well all i can tell you is that i am originally from the UK having studied Law in London so i cant tell you what UCF is like as i have never attended or know anyone who attended. But as someone who moved here and has been fortunate enough to have travelled the world including a number of states here in the US, and all i can say is we are very happy here. My wife is from tennessee originally and we raise our daughter here and like it alot. You do have a good mix of rural and city, the beaches are great not that we have the time to use them....lol but like everywhere in the world you have to pick the right neighbourhood. There is crime here, just like there is in every other city in the WORLD. Orlando is no exception to that. I have found you do find an awful lot of negativity on this forum, and can only say that your trip would be good as it will give you a first hand experience, but for us, we love it here. Ask yourself this question. If Orlando/Florida is as bad as everyone says, why dont people leave. I am a realtor here and there are still alot of people who are moving here from out of state. Yes, wages may be a bit lower than elsewhere but that isnt your primary concern as you want to go to school here, also property prices are lower than say Ca so that would be a fair reflection.

I hope this helps you
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:57 AM
 
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I surely wouldn't let a forum make a decision for me about going to college in an area.

You do need to visit the area, check out the campus, talk to other students about their feelings.

On any forum, you are going to find some ppl who love it, some who hate it, but it all comes down to how you feel about an area
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Thank you very much, oresident. I have a Disney World trip planned for March, and I have some free days at the end of the trip I've now decided to use to (1) go to Cocoa Beach, (2) go to Downtown Orlando to spend a day and (3) explore the UCF campus.
Many negative people are negative no matter what the conversation. Some people just can't be happy. They blame everyone else for what is wrong in their lives. I see quite a bit of that on the forum. I'm glad you are coming on your own in March to see for yourself. Then you can decide if you like it here or not for yourself.

My son graduated from UCF in 1999. He still goes to the home football games and loves the new stadium.

Personally, I've been in Florida since the mid 80s and love it here in Central Florida. It's the right place for me. It's not for everyone but I like being out in the sunshine in the middle of January wearing shorts!

Have a great trip in March! Let us know what you think.

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