11 Things USF Students Should Take Advantage Of

11 Things USF Students Should Take Advantage Of

Why not use some of the services you're paying for?

At and around USF, there are plenty of deals and services that are available to help students and make student life more affordable. Not too many students are aware of these services, or have heard of them, but never looked into them. Here are a list of services available to USF students.

1. Motorist Assistance

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., and Friday's 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., the Motorist Assistance Program is available for students and guests to jump start your car. You may call the Tampa campus at (813) 964-8040 during these hours, except on holidays.

2. 24-hour Counseling Services

The USF Counseling Center is more than just an on-campus resource, if you call their phone number at (813) 974-5756, you will be able to speak with someone no matter what time or day it is.

3. Feed-A-Bull

USF's Feed-A-Bull program seeks to ensure that all USF Tampa students are able to get groceries they need without having to choose between school and necessity. Feed-A-Bull relies on donation, and you are able to donate on their website monetarily or bring them to their on campus location at SVC 2058.

4. Registered Dietitians

If you've been looking to make some changes in your diet, the Wellness Center in the Marshall Student Center offers students the chance to receive an accurate body composition analysis in a timely manner and review results with a registered dietitian.

5. N.I.T.E.

Necessary Improvements to Transform the Environment (N.I.T.E.), performs a bi-annual campus safety walk to point out weak spots on campus that may not be safe at night. They strive to make campus a safer place and seek areas of improvement in lighting, sidewalk access and blue light poles.

6. HBO GO, MAX GO and Philo

If you live on campus and miss having a TV that isn't shared by the rest of your floor, you can watch live TV with Philo and record up to 20 hours worth of shows and movies. You also have access to HBO GO and MAX GO for movies, all available by logging in with your USF NetID.

7. USF Recreation

USF indoor and outdoor recreation holds many events for USF students—costs vary depending on the event duration and distance. Classes offered at the recreation center include total body conditioning, strictly strength, cycling and yoga. They also host trips for students and non-students, with students receiving discounted rates. These trips are a great way to stay active and meet new people. Some events offered are canoeing in the Suwanee River, ACA certifications and yoga outside.


The Students of Concern Assistance Team (SOCAT) are a group that work with students who are seeking help or who display concerning behaviors. They provide case managers for students who are struggling. If you feel that someone you know may be in need of assistance, you can contact SOCAT through their website.

9. The Writing Studio

Located on the second floor of the library, the Writing Studio offers students the opportunity to have their papers proofread and ensure that students are able to strengthen their writing skills through thorough discussion and analysis of their work before it needs to be submitted.

10. BullSync

BullSync is a website that allows student organizations, sports clubs, student services and student events to connect with students. It informs students of upcoming events and service opportunities while connecting students to organizations that fit their liking.

11. Dining Hall Contact

It's no secret that many people have encountered issues in the dining hall, whether it be with the food served or the workers within the dining hall. It's okay to feel nervous about speaking to a manager or worker who is "higher-up," which is why Dining Services has a website that allows you to contact their office over the phone or by leaving an online comment form. If you choose to have your form replied to, it will be replied to within a few days.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Success Is Not Defined By One Factor

Success cannot be defined by only one thing; people have different definitions of success


What is success? According to Dictionary.com, the main definition of success is "the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals." Dictionary.com also defines success as "the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.

"Wealth, position, or honors." These are the key things that most people think are needed to be successful, and they are so integrated with the idea of success that they appear in many textbook definitions of "success." Many people strive for fame or fortune in pursuit of what tends to be deemed as "success." People will look at those who are rich or in a position of power and go, "Wow, they are really successful." If someone gets a high paying job a few years after college, they are successful. If someone gets promoted, they are successful. If someone gets a 4.0 and graduates with honors, they are successful. While these things are all measures of success, they aren't all the word "success" encompasses.

Success means different things to different people. Everyone has different goals and things they strive for in life. While some may go for high achievement, money, or power, others may strive towards other things they'd define as a successful life. Success can be following one's passions and working their dream job, regardless of how much their salary is. Success may be found in relationships, family, travel, or just about anything. Success does not have to be found in stereotypical ways; if you aren't rich or famous, it doesn't mean you aren't successful.

Define success on your own terms. Don't let a standard definition drive what you think you need to do to achieve success. Success cannot be defined by only one thing; everyone has different definitions of success. Don't be afraid to create your own definition, even if it breaks the mold.

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