Above all else, a university is a place of learning. People attend college to further their education in any combination of a variety of subjects. The University of Florida is recognized as one of the best fifty universities in the nation by US News rankings. It is also listed by Forbes as being in the top ten best value colleges in America. A student should attend the University of Florida if he or she wants to receive an astounding education at a great price. Another reason to attend the University of Florida is the vast amount extracurricular activities available to the student body. There are over one thousand registered student organizations, and if there is not a club that cater's to a student's particular interests, he or she can go through the simple process of creating and registering it. In addition to the clubs there is an array of intramural sports, research positions, and volunteering opportunities. There are also numerous non-university-affiliated activities. Local outdoor activities allow student's to enjoy Florida's beautiful weather year-round. The Harn Museum and Florida Museum of Natural History showcase art exhibits and is home to a beautiful butterfly garden. The Phillips Center and Hippodrome Theatre showcase live performances, guest speakers, and independent films. Gainesville is also home to an active local music scene and students can hear bands performing in small bars and restaurants downtown. In other words, when a student is not in class or studying, there is an endless amount enjoyable of extracurricular activities available. Thirdly, the beauty of Gainesville, Florida can not be overstated. The weather here is great, and it provides an excellent way to relieve stress and appreciate one's surroundings outdoors. It also undoubtedly contributes to the positive energy that is palpable around campus. The people here are friendly and happy, and the entire environment feels welcoming. Regardless of who you ask, the answer will be the same -- we are all proud and elated to be a part of the University of Florida student body, Gator Nation.