The University of Central Florida has announced its plans to forgo the 2017-18 academic year in order to backpack across Europe and “discover what kind of university” it really is. The school’s decision to make the move, commonly known as a “gap year,” allegedly came after seeing an Instagram collage of various pink-sandy beaches overlaid with the word “Wanderlust” written in a fancy font. “It just really resonated with me,” the university said dreamily.
“College is such a big milestone,” said UCF, “I just want to make sure that I can experience the world while I still can. Someday I’ll meet another public university, and we’ll have our own little community colleges to raise. That’s such a big commitment, and I want to make sure I know who I am and who I want to be at that point.”
UCF plans to fly into London later this month. The university allegedly has made no concrete plans outside of the first week in England, and is planning on playing the entire 9-month trip “by ear.” In order to really get in touch with its spiritual side and learn to be self-reliant, the university plans to carry a backpack containing only toiletries, local language guides, and a credit card directly linked to the Florida Department of Education’s bank account.
“I know a few universities in Europe, so I should be able to crash at their places. And if that doesn’t work, I’ve heard Airbnb is big over there, so I’m sure I’ll be able to find something last minute.” UCF claims that despite not having any plans set in stone, there is nothing to worry about. “Look, I have an entire Pinterest account dedicated to super fun and cute things to do overseas — this is going to be a breeze!”
The university has set up a GoFundMe account for the trip, requesting $155.5 Million. UCF is hoping that the donations will cover costs that the Florida Department of Education’s funds cannot.
When asked by a Stallion reporter what they are most excited about for their gap year, UCF had this to say: “The thing I like most about Europe is that they have so many more things to do there than in the States; Orlando can just be so boring. I can’t wait to check out Disney Paris!”