Few people need convincing when it comes to why one ought to study in South Florida. The state of Florida alone is ranked as one of the top places where people vacation. It is no wonder that one might consider pursing an education in Florida. Yet for some, South Florida especially appeals to some college students. Here’s why:
Great Weather All Year
One of the reasons Florida has become one of the number one vacation states is because of its nice weather. It never snows. Not only is the weather beautiful, but it is also tropical.
Florida is uniquely situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. That paired with the rainy season that spans from May to October, creates a humid atmosphere creating lush and picturesque vegetation that one would not be able to see anywhere else in the United States.
What makes the state of Florida so unique? For travelers and new students, experiencing Caribbean-like weather without having to pay the money to travel overseas. Additionally, students won’t have to worry about seasonal changes as the tropic weather is consistent offering weather averaging about 75°F – 82°F in the winter and up to 89°F in the summer. However, the humidity will make it feel a bit warmer than the actual temperature.
Reduce Potential Depression
Did you know that studies show people can become depressed based on their seasonal environment? A disorder known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a diagnosis for someone whose mood is affected due to seasonal changes. According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD symptoms start around the fall season as it notes the end of beautiful summer weather and the beginning of cold and snowy temperatures.
Symptoms for SAD include:
- Low energy
- Losing genuine interest in activities
- Weight loss or gain
- Having difficulty concentrating
All of these things listed above can have a negative impact on a student’s academic studies. This does not mean that everyone who doesn’t live in a warm climate like Florida will have SAD. Like most disorders, it is a diagnosis that only affects certain people. However, there are certain psychological benefits that warm weather can bring about.
A research study conducted at the University of Michigan, located in the Mid-west of the United States—where there are seasonal changes—found that “for weather to improve mood, subjects needed to spend at least 30 minutes outside in warm, sunny weather.” Studying in Florida, one can experience more than 30 minutes with simply commuting to and from classes all day!
The study goes on to admit that pleasant weather is beneficial for “improving mood, memory and broadening cognitive [skills].” This conclusion was reportedly founded from a set of three studies that involved 600 volunteers throughout the United States who were randomly elected to be outside during the period of nice weather.
In most seasonal climates, the winter periods can be quite harsh. Oftentimes, when the weather is extremely brutal, businesses, schools, and sometimes the entire city will close due to extreme amounts of snowfall. When this happens, some schools might add a few days to a semester to make up for the lost time in order to cover everything in the syllabus. Although Florida also has its share of extreme weather, it is safe to state that studying in South Florida reduces the chances of school closings and extended semesters.
Great Weekend Get-a-Ways
Florida is a beautiful state, but South Florida offers a different type of spice of life!
With its rich ethnic culture, South Florida is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual melting pot of South America, the Caribbean and North American natives and migrants. This brings about a vibrant and exciting culture full of diversity and tasty cuisines.
Here are just a few more perks studying in South Florida has for students:
Orlando Theme Park Attractions – Visit Orlando’s Walt Disney World famous attractions. Students can go to SeaWorld, Epcot Center and then cool off at their refreshing waterparks. All of this is only a 4-hour drive from Miami.
Miami – Students who choose to study in South Florida have the opportunity to live in the energetic city of Miami, reportedly the second most populated city in the state of Florida. Miami is home of the Marlins, Miami Heat and the famous South Beach.
South Beach – South Beach is the place to go to enjoy the best nightlife entertainment. It also is home to some of the most exquisite cuisines.
Florida Keys – The Florida Keys is a string of islands off the southern coast of Florida. South Florida students can hop in their car for a 2-hour drive to Key Largo or go for a longer 4-hour ride to Key West. Either way, it is a great weekend trip that South Florida students can take and be back in time for Monday’s class.
FNU: Preparing You a Great Educational Experience!
Florida National University (FNU) is committed to doing our very best to help our students succeed and make their college experience enjoyable and memorable. That means that we are constantly looking for new ways to inform our students about what all South Florida has to offer. If you are looking to attend a college where you can get the best education and create tons of good memories while doing it, then let’s start your enrollment process now! Contact one of our FNU counselors to help get your college career started today!