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Title: Off campus life newsletter
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Language: English
Creator: Dean of Students Office, University of Florida
Publisher: Dean of Students Office, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: November 2009
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NOVEMBER 2009 VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3
Page 1


-A HEALTHIER
YOU

With the hustle and
bustle of the holi-
days, it is very easy
to feel overwhelmed. Balancing school, work, family, and
personal responsibilities can be challenging. UF provides
many free resources to help you maintain balance in your
life. Gatorwell provides programs and information on
a wide array of health and wellness topics ranging from
nutrition to stress management to eating disorders. Check
out their website at http://shcc.ufl.edu/GatorWell/ for
more info on creating a healthier you.



TRAVEL SAFETY
CHECKLIST/CAR
MAINTENANCE
The roads are always packed this
Holiday season, so be sure that
your car is good to go. Here's a
checklist of car maintenance tips to
help make your ride as smooth as
possible.
CHECK EACH MONTH
oil level -- add oil if low and check for leaks
hoses -- replace if bulging, rotten, or brittle
belts -- replace if worn, frayed, or glazed
tire pressure -- add air if low
coolant or antifreeze -- add more if low
air filter -- replace if dirty
inspect tires for leaks, damage, bulges, or uneven wear
CHECK EVERY 3 MONTHS
oil and oil filter -- change every 3,000 miles
windshield washer fluid -- add fluid if low
battery and power steering fluid -- add fluid if low
brake fluid -- add fluid if low
transmission fluid -- add fluid if low
battery terminals and cables -- clean if corroded
CHECK EVERY 6 MONTHS
wiper blades -- replace if worn, brittle, or smeary
make sure headlights, brake lights, and turn signals work
make sure horn works properly
inspect brakes for wear and tear or "slippage"
make sure spare tire is fully inflated
inspect exhaust system for rust, damage, or loose parts
*inspect shock absorbers for oil seepage or wear
Along with car maintenance, a safe journey requires you to
wear your seatbelt so click it, or ticket.
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TWO FREE MEALS IN ONE DAY?! Come to the Reitz Union
on Wednesday, 11/18 for OCL's Breakfast Club and Lunch
Series. The Breakfast Club in Room 287 from 9:00-10:00AM
allows you to give us feedback about services and resources
you want OCL to offer. From 11:45-12:35PM, come to Room
284 to learn about fun stuff to do in Gainesville and get a free
lunch as part of OCL's monthly Lunch Series.


CATCH THE WORM
It may be November, but before you know it, it will be the next school year. Where will you be? Embark-
ing on your new adventures as a professional student or sitting at home on your mama's couch waiting for
the next academic year because you missed the deadline for grad school? If you plan on attending grad
school, most applications are due in January or February. This due date means you should have your ap-
plication materials ready now. For more info on the grad school application process, go to http://www.crc.
ufl.edu/students/cnsdgradprog.aspx. The Career Resource Center in the Reitz Union has a multitude of re-
sources you can use to help you find your career path. Check out their website at http://www.crc.ufl.edu/.
Remember, the early bird catches the worm. Get the ball rolling for your transition to grad school.


USE YOUR HEAD... WEAR A HELMETA typical helmet costs $20. With insurance, a
hospital bill for injuries related to a bicycle crash is in the thousands. The cost
"- for a funeral can run well over $10,000. Seeing the three choices, it makes
the most sense to spend the $20 and prevent unnecessary injury and expense.
According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, non-helmeted riders are
S14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than helmeted riders.
While you may not think you would ever be in an accident, the truth is that
accidents happen. Most bicycle accidents are caused by reckless drivers
hitting riders. UF students have been seriously injured, even killed, in bicycle
and scooter accidents. All of them would have been less hurt, or alive, even,
if they had been wearing a helmet.
Casey Schmidt knows all too well the realities of bike accidents. He survived a truck taking a right
turn through the bike lane, hitting and then dragging him, causing a laundry list of serious bodily injuries,
including a badly broken right leg, a dislocated left arm, a broken pelvis, a collapsed lung caused by three
broken ribs, three broken fingers and a broken clavicle. His helmet saved his life.
Unlike what was reported in the Alligator, Steven Little's bicycle's brakes were fully functional before
the accident. He was hit by a van and flew head-first into the windshield. He survived because he wore his
helmet and received immediate treatment to stop the bleeding.
In addition to bicycle safety, it is just as important to wear a helmet while on a scooter or motorcycle.
In fact, the ASO, GPD, and UPD will be enforcing scooter laws which require riders under 21 to wear a
helmet.
The bottom line is wear a helmet. You don't have anything to lose by wearing one.


COUNSELING CENTER If you've been feeling
out of sorts lately or just want help sorting things out, the
counseling center can help. College is a transitional time,
and with these changes comes stress. Stress from school,
life, and relationships, along with holiday blues, can take
a toll on your health and well-being. There is nothing
wrong with seeking help to be the happiest you can be.
The Counseling Center offers free services in individual
and couples counseling, group therapy, career services,
body image issues, stress management, and so much more.
Go to http://www.counsel.ufl.edu/generallnformation/
about the counselingcenter.aspx for more information.
Take action to get the most out of your life.


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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

OFF CAMPUS LiFE


NOVEMBER 2009 VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3
Page 2


TIPS FOR OFF CAMPUS LIVING
Be sure to consider the following when choosing a place to live:
*Budget
*Lease Type
*Location
*Roommates
*Safety/Crime Statistics
*Insurance
*Neighbors
More information about wise off campus housing choices will
be shared at the Off Campus JHousing Presentations, so be
sure to check them out!
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THANKSGIVING
TRADITIONS


Thanksgiving is Thursday, Novem-
ber 26. Enjoy the holiday with
loved ones and delicious food!
For healthy, easy recipe ideas
for traditional Thanksgiving food
like turkey, mashed potatoes,
and pie, click on this link to the
Mayo Clinic http://www.mayo-
clinic.com/health/thanksgiving-
recipes/NU00643. Get all the
flavor, but not all the calories!
Have a safe and happy Thanks-
giving holiday!



STUDENT SURVEY Hello, my name is Jason Fraser-
Nash. I am a graduate student in the Student Personnel in
Higher Education program here at UF. I am currently conduct-
ing research to examine the differences, if any, between the
general student population and students involved in ROTC.
Your assistance will take approximately 5-10 minutes. I invite
you to follow the link below to "Student Voice" and complete
the survey. Thank you for your time. JFN
http://studentvoice.com/ufla/ROTCsatisfaction09



more info on Gainesvlle area attractions


Buzz and friends hang out at Turlington Plaza. OCL's office provides sup-
port and resources to the over 39,000 UF off campus students on any topic
concerning off campus living. Come visit the office at 202 Peabody Hall for
more information on services provided.
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YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS: OFF CAMPUS GRIPES
Although living off campus has its perks, it definitely has moments that make you
think, "Really? You can't be serious." This section will highlight these revelations.
Read on to see that you are not alone in the struggle against stupidity. Feel free
to share your YCBS moments with OCL. You may just be published in next month's
newsletter. E-mail submissions by November 23 to leahv@offcampus.ufl.edu.
Anonymous gripes, "On a crowded route 35 bus ride to campus, I stood the whole
25-minute ride while a skateboard and backpack enjoyed the luxuries of sitting
down. The guy I was standing in front of kept his backpack and skateboard on the
seat next to him even though there were plenty of people who would have loved to
sit down. The whole ride this inconsiderate boarder was so engrossed in his notes
to even notice anyone else needing a seat. Funny thing is lots of people, myself in-
cluded, use the bus time to review notes just like you, unknown green-shirt skateboarder. Maybe you didn't
notice me reading, holding my book in one hand, using the other to hold on to a seat so as not to fall, all
while standing..., but I doubt it. So, thanks for the consideration. If you thought that sequestering the seat
next to you made you seem cool and nonchalant, it actually bugged the crap out of this rider and made
you seem like a jerk."


MEET THE OFFICE OF OFF CAMPUS LIFE

Leah Villanueva
Graduate Assistant

Leah has a BAE in Elementary Education and a BA in Spanish from the University of
Florida c/o 2006. She was a Kindergarten Teacher for two years and a K, 1, 2,
Reading Teacher for a year in Kissimmee, Florida after graduation. Currently, she
is in her first year in the Student Personnel in Higher Education program. During her
undergrad career at UF, she was involved with intramurals, RecSports as a Group
Fitness Instructor, the Filipino Students Association, First Year Florida, FAB, and Ga-
torship. She was also the first Miss ASU. Her hobbies include cooking and eating
all kinds of food (except olives), traveling, any and all adventure activities, playing
sports, dancing, and spending time with family, friends, and her Chihuahua, Yoshi.


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