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Your career as an MBA student in Gainesville begins with a flurry of meeting new people, a sweaty obstacle course, an NFL draft of choosing teams, scavenger hunts and presentations. You (try to) perfect your 30 second elevator pitch, plan your weekends around football, and spend your first week figuring out whether First Magnitude, Oozoo, or Cantina will be the default hang out location for your peers.

You’ll fly through recruitment, willingly – for some – compete in case competitions, network more than you ever knew you could.  You’ll meet lasting friends to spend spring break with you, be a support system to your team as your peers have kids, weddings, and mostly interviews.  This small program brings people together from totally different backgrounds to gather for a Friendsgiving dinner, and to paint the 34th street wall, to dance the night away at graduation Gala.

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As a former president, with graduation in the rearview mirror, it’s hard to believe how quickly our time in Gainesville as full-time UF MBAs has flown by.  As the first years become second years, and new students arrive on campus, the UF MBA family grows that much bigger.  All I can say is, get ready for an amazing year and some of the most memorable times of your life.  I challenge you to make even bigger & better memories than the class of 2016 – but as you can see from these pictures, it is going to be hard to beat 😉

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