KeeLee....Reading comprehension: I said it is not like other big cities...i.e. culturally it is not the same. Miami is unique. Never did I say it was less urban than Atlanta. I said that UM is more urban than Gainesville. I don't understand where you are deriving this confusion. More layman's prestige because of what name? It's not like UM undergrad is world renowned or anything. It's not like it is historically a higher ranked school. UM has always been the Florida school you have to pay for. UF in recent history has been accross the board more prestegious. I don't think that point is even arguable.Perhaps it would be easiest to explain my beloved state like this: consider it two states, Miami, and Florida. I know ya'all from miami may not believe this, and those from the northeast certainly wouldn't, but most of us in our state find Miami wretched. This is not a cop out, UM biglaw firms would recruit more at UF if they knew they had as good of a chance of getting UF grads. Honestly, to most UF grads, working in Miami would not be worth it...no matter what. That being said, if you want to work in big law in miami, you will have more classmates there with you if you go to UM, but remember, if you go to UF, and still want to live in Gamora (miami), you can do it. They will still hire from UF because they know it is the more prestegious school, either way you have to kick ass in class rank. Unfortunately they only give the advance on the rented ferrari and massive hair-gel bill if you have a UM degree. You will have to live with that.
So I guess my question is, isn't every resort town/ city a victim to superficiality? Is superficiality at the root of So. Florida's economy (a necessicery evil), and is there a culture of locals that carve out a place for themselves that can circumvent the issue?
i'm going to attend UM this fall. i went down to visit in march. i didn't have time to see downtown miami, just the coconut grove and coral gables area. people just looked....normal. i was really worried about perfect skinny/fit gorgeous people breezing around in ferraris, but i really didn't see it. there were really good-looking people--and there were really not, and some were driving porshes, but most weren't. so, maybe i went on the four days all the plastics cleared out, or maybe they're only downtown, or maybe that whole stereotype has been completely blown out of proportion. i really don't know. all i can say is that at least the UM area didn't scare me. i'm not worried about going to UM for three years. i plan on working hard so that, if i really don't end up liking miami, i can clear out. the resources are definitely there to leave as long as you distinguish yourself and be proactive. meanwhile, it's a beautiful campus and a beautiful area to de-stress in when not working on school stuff. i've read so many of these UM vs. UF threads to get the sense that you're going to get a good education either place you go. with that out of the picture, it's hard FOR ME to imagine someone desiring a college town like gainesville over what any big city can offer except where tuition is concerned. especially because it's near the water! but that's the key issue: for the kind of people who NEED a lot going on (ME), who look for festivals and museums and trendy nightlife and beaches and fifty types of ethnic cuisine to choose from, miami (or big city in general) is it. meanwhile, everytime someone talks about entertainment in UF being big, they mention keggers or $4 dollar beers. that's not a bad thing, but it's a very different type of scene for a very different type of person, ie i would think someone more down-to-earth, has that favorite bar, likes to go the more casual route, doesn't feel jilted that there's only one indian place to eat in town, or whatever.you guys are arguing like there is one answer to this question. either UM and miami is better or UF and gainesville is. but neither school has won the argument of more prestige or better education yet (the US news ratings matter to those people who care about the name, and honestly, those people better get into the top 40), so it comes down to which area suits your personality. UM suits mine, maybe UF suits yours. i don't think there's a need to put down one or the other. it would probably be more helpful to list the kind of activities or opportunities each school offers so that people considering either one could figure out which school fit them......and i'll probably get five people telling me how i'm wrong and a complete idiot, but for what it's worth, that's what i think.