Places That Bring Students Together...
The Reitz Union is the University of Florida's student union. It is designed to bring all kinds of people together and to be the forefront of the university. Most tours of the campus begin and end here. It features many resources that can be used by any student on campus.
Turlington Plaza is UF's free speech area. Anyone is allowed to advertise their organization, share their views, and congregate here. This plaza symbolizes the overall goal of a university by allowing diversity of ideas and opinions. I have walked through Turlington countless times during my time at UF, and I have been exposed to many different beliefs. Sometimes I am exposed to beliefs that are different than my own, and I do not agree with them, but it reminds me that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and deserves to be able to express them.
Plaza of the Americas is another place that brings students together. On a typical day, you can walk through Plaza and see students sitting on towels chatting, laying out in the grass, relaxing on hammocks, throwing frisbees, and enjoying Krishna lunch. It is such a pleasant feeling to walk through this plaza because it is somewhere that everyone can go to unwind and meet up with friends.