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Old 03-28-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Default What is really the truth about Pensacola?

I have heard many good things, and many bad things about Pensacola. There is a very good chance I will be moving down there in August and attending UWF. So, what is Pensacola really like? Is it really as bad as some people make it seem?
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:40 AM
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From what I hear Pensacola has its ups and downs just like any place.

Good things...

Beaches- Beautiful,

Bad things- It is a target for hurricanes, with many recent storms doing significant damage to the town.

Its very touristy meaning you have to deal with traffic for people heading to the beaches all the time.

Its heavily influenced by the military, this brings with it, a certain stereotype, and businesses that cater to this crowd.

Just like any place.. It has beautiful spots, good and bad neighborhoods etc.



The nice thing is that in pensacola you are a 20 minute drive to Alabama, and Mobile, which is another big city, which you can experience cultural, entertainment, and dining events.


If your coming for school, i think you will enjoy it.

After college you can decide if the town is right for you to stay or time to go.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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I thought this would have been an adult making a decision to move to the Pensacola area, for which the mix of answers would be good and bad, from what I've heard when I asked as a vacationer.

For UWF, which looks like it might be a fun and decent school, I would say you can sample Pensacola when you're there and make your decision later.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Alabama
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The Pensacola area is pretty bland. Nothing really spectacular. Downtown is okay, but it's pretty far from UWF. Nothing really wrong with Pensacola, it just doesn't get me excited, if you know what I mean. It's nothing like Tallahassee or Mobile.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:21 AM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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I went to UWF for two years. My brother is finishing up his third year at UWF. Allow me to give you some insight:

UWF: I cannot give UWF enough glowing reviews. Everything you read about being a name and not a number is 100% true. The academics are rigorous yet reasonable, the professors are approachable, and (ever since I've transferred to USF) I've grown a nostalgic affinity for the Nautilus Market's biscuits and gravy. The only problem with the school when I went there is student life was lacking unless you were in a frat or sorority (although my brother tells me that's changing quite rapidly). The community support for the university is rather lackluster, many would rather rave about PSC than support a major university just down the road. The only reason why I transferred is I found that my current major wasn't right for me and I found a better major at a different school (UWF didn't offer the major).

Pensacola: Pensacola is hot and cold. I'm into independent and local music, and there is plenty of that to go around if you're into indie/folk/acoustic type of stuff. I'm into more punk and ska, so while the local "scene" wasn't my style, I still enjoyed having the option of going to see cool local bands pretty much any night of the week. The downside is most places to go are 21+, which means that 18-20 year olds are left bored in their dorms most nights. Every place besides Whataburger and Dennys closes super early (I come from a sleepy retirement town with the most elderly per capita Florida and even our Publix stays open later). Aside from the historical stuff, the military history, and the beach, there isn't too much in Pensacola for "adult minors" to do.

Also keep in mind that Pensacola weather is MISERABLE. On 1/4 of the days it's absolutely gorgeous, but I guess since the gulf stream smacks into this part of the panhandle, you have the most unpredictable weather ever. I remember walking to class at 8am with it being 80 outside, and then getting down poured on in 54 degree weather by noon, only to have it obnoxiously dry and 90 degrees by dinner time. This sounds like an exaggeration, but the weather really is that unpredictable.

I'm not saying any of these things to give you second thoughts or to discourage you. I'm not the type to only post online if I have to gripe about things. I just wish somebody would've warned me when I was coming out of high school, that way I would've at least been a bit more prepared and I could've enjoyed my stay a little better.

If you can stick it out until you're 21, Pensacola is a great small town and I plan on making it my home away from home as soon as I have the income to sustain that sort of lifestyle. I would like to go to UWF to earn my Master's or Specialist degree, but we'll see how that goes. But if I had to give a number rating, I'd give UWF a solid 11/10 and Pensacola a 7/10.

Hope I didn't post too much for ya, as you can tell I'm passionate about the town and university.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Daphne, AL
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Others have covered it pretty well.

Good: Beaches...the whole point and reason why anyone would want to live there I'd assume. You get the beach with the identify of living in FL (instead of AL or MS on the beach).
Proximity to even nicer beaches really close by (Navarre, Destin, So. Walton, etc.)
A few decent restaurants there. A little bit of nightlife (beats Mobile's).

Bad: The town itself is very bland and boring. Too many neighborhoods with the 60s and 70s split level homes; lack of new construction and suburban areas unlike Baldwin Co. AL.
Good or Bad depending on how you take it: The military as stated again. I think it's good because it gives some diversity over an otherwise group of static typical Southern characters who just hunt, fish, and talk about SEC football. Some folks don't like the military presence but it breaks up the crowd. Over 1 county in AL where I live, everyone is the EXACT SAME. It's the pits.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:15 PM
 
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Default Uwf

I will be graduating from UWF soon. I personally do not like it, but it is really the only 4 year school within driving distance for a lot of people. You will get many different opinions about UWF, and you may end up liking it. I personally do not like all of the social events, so if you do, you may enjoy your time there. The teachers vary, and half of the grad professors are still acting like they are 18 and freshmen. The president spends the schools money on things that are not needed, like a stadium, for a football team that we dont even have. Parking is a nightmare, and you will want to get there extra early for parking. Most of the students (at least in my classes) dont want to do the work, but I think there is a lot of that in every school.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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I will be graduating from UWF soon. I personally do not like it, but it is really the only 4 year school within driving distance for a lot of people. You will get many different opinions about UWF, and you may end up liking it. I personally do not like all of the social events, so if you do, you may enjoy your time there. The teachers vary, and half of the grad professors are still acting like they are 18 and freshmen. The president spends the schools money on things that are not needed, like a stadium, for a football team that we dont even have. Parking is a nightmare, and you will want to get there extra early for parking. Most of the students (at least in my classes) dont want to do the work, but I think there is a lot of that in every school.
What kind of social events do they have? What do you think about the weather?
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