Out of state colleges offer new opportunities


For junior Pat Ponza, he said it has always been a dream to attend the University of Dundee (UD) in Scotland. While he knows this college is far from home, he said he has wanted to live there throughout his whole life.

“I would like to leave Florida because I feel like I am better suited for the lifestyle in [Scotland],” Ponza said. “[Scotland’s] way of living is more practical [and] their spirit makes me feel welcomed and as if I am in the right place.”

In addition to enjoying Scotland’s atmosphere, Ponza said attending UD would give him the opportunity to more frequently see his family that lives there.

“[My family in Scotland] are third cousins and I want to know more about what part of my culture comes from,” Ponza said.

Besides seeing his family more often, Ponza said he enjoys the various cultural differences between Scotland and Florida and would like to experience them.

“[Scotland’s] landscapes are gorgeous, the attractions and type of architecture are rich, the food is good and the people are kind and welcoming,” Ponza said.

Unlike Ponza, sophomore Olivia Turner said she would like to return to her home state of Pennsylvania for college. Turner would like to go to Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.

“I am originally from Pennsylvania, so I already have an idea of the northern environment,” Turner said. “Pennsylvania State University (PSU) is also a large school and I like larger schools.”

As a football fan, Turner said PSU also appeals to her, as its football team is a part of one of the five major college football conferences.

“PSU has a lot of school spirit, especially for football. Having done cheerleading for seven years, this level of love and support for a team is appealing,” Turner said.

Academically, Turner said she is interested in PSU as the school offers many biology research programs that she would like to try.

“PSU offers a huge variety of research projects. This is good for anyone on a pre-med track because it gives offers some insight into more complex studies in the process of finishing medical school,” Turner said.

College Adviser Shari Bush said she believes about 40 percent of students want to leave Florida for college. However, she said only about 25 percent actually follow through with this.

“For some [students], they want to go back home or to an area where they grew up in,” Bush said. “[Students] have aspirations to try a different culture and experience different types of people.”

While Bush said many students have a desire to attend an out of state college, she said this can often be financially unrealistic. Nonetheless, she said if students have the opportunity to, they should consider the option.

“I think [going out of state] is a great option to explore,” Bush said. “Ultimately, whether it is in state or out of state, I want [students] to be at the place that will make them[students] most happy.”


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