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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11 Things 20-Year-Olds Who Look 12 Are Tired Of Hearing

No, I don't need a kids' menu, thank you very much.

I used to just laugh it off when someone thought I was 12 years old back when I was in high school, but now that I am three years deep into college getting ready to graduate, I don’t laugh anymore. If you are in the same situation as me looking like a child trying to get into a bar/club and the bouncer is questioning if your ID is fake, please read on — you may relate very much. Here are 11 things 20+ year-olds who look 12 are tired of hearing:

1. I didn’t know they let 12-year-olds work here.

Nope. They don’t.

2. What school do you go to?

Me: Florida State.

Person: University?!

3. *Tries to get a sample at Target* Is your parent nearby?

Let me FaceTime my mom really quick and ask her permission for this protein bar sample.

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4. *Server at a restaurant* Here you go, sweetie. What can I get you, darling? Hi, honey, how are you?

You are no more than three years older than me, there is no need for "sweetie."

5. It’s your birthday? Happy Birthday! How old now, fourteen/fifteen?

6. You look so much older when you wear makeup.

Is that supposed to be a compliment?

7. Wow, you're how old? You look like you are twelve.

Have you seen a twelve-year-old lately?

8. You probably just look young because you're short.

9. *Tries to flirt with a guy* You're a little too young for me I think.

I'm your age. Maybe even older.

10. Are you old enough to see this movie? Can I see your ID please?

11. You're going to be so thankful when you are in your 50's.

So I've been told. Hopefully, it's worth it.

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To All The Dreamers Who Feel They Can Never Achieve 'Greatness'

We underestimate the amount and level of confusion and feeling lost that you endure when chasing your dreams.


Do you have really big dreams?

I have always had really big dreams about everything. It's kind of annoying because big dreams are great things and greatness takes time. One of my dreams was that I always wanted to be somebody and make a difference all over the world. And learning from "The Greats", I know that this could take a long time, but I'm doing it.

When studying "The Greats," I learned what keeps my generation from being "great" rather than just "good."

They say over and over again that we're too prideful. The toxins in our generation are in our pride, complacency, and a sense of entitlement. When I spent so much time studying this and praying about it, I found out pride was an abnormal normal for me.

I didn't even realize that I was prideful. Naturally, my knee-jerk reaction was to be in denial about it. I didn't know how to combat different levels of complacency and I didn't recognize where I was complacent but thankfully I serve a God who isn't even going to let ME get in the way of his plans for me.

The "Greats" really taught about how we underestimate this barrier to greatness. We underestimate the momentum it takes. We underestimate the failing. We underestimate the getting back up. We underestimate the amount and level of confusion and feeling lost that you endure when chasing your dreams.

We underestimate the falling down that it takes to keep going.

I study a lot of these things and try to give encouragement to as many young people as I can about this because I want us all to win. I want us all to win because we all have a purpose. We all have something to give and as long as we're breathing we all have work to do.

Pride terrifies me if I'm being honest. Two years ago, I would've never said this- but I would rather be humbled all day than to be full of pride and drunk on my own opinions. Pride has only made me selfish and make so many situations about me when they're not. Pride blinds me from seeing the bigger picture in life that keeps my anxiety down. Pride is in the simple things and it really creeps up on you. Pride sneaks up on you in those little moments that steps on the toes of the "you" that thinks "you're too big" to do whatever desperate-looking situation you're facing.

In real life, I've seen myself submit to that knee-jerk reaction to be prideful in a tough situation rather than humble myself and be vulnerable because I was in the company of others. I've seen myself react to others in a prideful way to defend my insecurities and that type of behavior has wounded my relationships in ways I haven't always been able to fix. I've seen myself respond pridefully to opportunities that I didn't get or opportunities that I didn't think I was worthy of because of my own insecurities and I've ended up ruining or losing opportunities because of it.

The worst ones were when I would let my pride keep me from receiving the help that someone was giving me but I interpreted it as judgment and criticism maybe because of their tone of voice or because they didn't give me advice in a nice, little gift-wrapped text message or the way I expect advice/criticism to come.

Sometimes the best "criticism" that I've been given has come in the most brutal and ruthless tones and also came from people who had impure motives with their intention of "criticizing" me or giving me advice. But that's not the point.

There's more to those situations than trying to keep myself from feeling like someone has been talking condescending to me. There's value in the "criticism" regardless of how it was given and God has shown me that these are the situations that those people that have accomplished their dreams are talking about.

These are the situations where we let our pride get in the way and we lose all value of the opportunity we've been given to grow.

I'm not advocating for people to talk down to others or that being reprimanded feels good either. But are you going to let someone else's temperament or tone of voice be the reason why you only made it but so far? Are you going to let YOU get in your own way?

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