Florida Polytechnic racing from construction site to real university

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Dakota Wood hopped out of a van and peered through purple shades that said FLORIDA POLY on the side. He considered the mammoth monolith that towered from Interstate 4 like the chest cavity of a whale.

Wood, a violinist for most of his 18 years, had passed by it before. He thought it looked like Australia's Sydney Opera House. But at a school fair in Kissimmee, a recruiter told him the opera house was actually a new college called Florida Polytechnic University. Wood's interests had expanded past music into engineering, and the school would cater to people like him. And, it could be virtually free for him to go there.

He scheduled a tour.

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