Founder, Gainesville Dev Academy

Came to Greater Gainesville to attend what was and still is the best engineering college, at the University of Florida

What about Greater Gainesville stood out when comparing it to your other options?

I was looking for a college that offered specifically a computer engineering program and UF ranked in the top 10 of colleges. But as I refined my search I was considering that I was tired of living in snowbound and cold areas. I was tired of layering up. So naturally the Sunshine State stood out from all the other potential areas. So this was a major win — a top 10 engineering college and great weather year-round.

What is something you wish you knew before moving here?

I wish I knew about the area sooner so that I could have moved even sooner.  There’s not much that has caught me by surprise that I wished I knew before. I have enjoyed this area so much and even went through a denial event, where I have left Gainesville five times and each time ended right back here….so I guess this is home.

Where do you go to escape into nature?

Jump on bike with a group of friends and find random routes while putting in 30 or so miles. You get to see and discover places you didn’t even know existed. Hawthorne trail (among others) is gorgeous to walk or bike through. Paynes Prairie affords you some wild animals, such as alligators, wild horses, etc.  Being an avid photographer, it’s great to have the ability to get to these amazing locations that are so close to Gainesville.


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