My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: University of Florida
Location: Gainesville FL
Last August a great friend of mine and I drove from North Carolina to Tampa to watch a preseason NFL game. We made a stop in Gainesville FL and toured the University of Florida. It is really a neat campus.
We both were amazed at the number of scooters we saw on the campus of UF and for that matter all around Gainesville. Apparently Gainesville stands above the rest when it comes to motorized convenience of owning or renting a scooter. I was told that it’s the quintessential college experience to own a scooter in Gainesville. Lots of places in Gainesville to buy a scooter including “New Scooters for Less”
There is even a website for UF Students called Scooters for Dummies.
Was kind of surprised to see a North Carolinian was responsible for the founding of the University of Florida. In 1858, James Henry Roper, an educator from North Carolina and a state senator from Alachua County, opens a school in Gainesville: the Gainesville Academy. In 1866, Roper offers his land and school to the State of Florida in exchange for the relocation of the East Florida Seminary to Gainesville. That move got UF going.