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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On My 25th Birthday

Since my birthday is on Sunday, I decided to write an article all about me!

1. I love to cook for my husband. Actually, I like to cook period. I even have my on cooking blog titled "If You Want To Eat You Have To Cook". My favorite thing to make is anything with noodles because I love Asian food.

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2. I have a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

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3. My favorite food to eat while I am out and about is sushi.


4. Cats are my favorite animal.


5. My favorite thing to drink is a margarita.


6. My favorite season is summer.

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7. I love making treats for my husband, such as cakes and love notes.

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8. My favorite artist is Lady Gaga.


9. My favorite movie genre is a crime drama, such as Lifetime Movies.

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10. I love wrapping presents for other people.


11. My favorite outfit is a long summer dress.


12. My favorite color is pink.


13. My most prized possession are my engagement and wedding rings.


14. I love taking black and white pictures.


15. My favorite dessert is coconut or red velvet cake.

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16. I love my parents and husband.


17. One of my guilty pleasures is binge watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette.


18. My favorite show on TV right now is Nashville.


19. I love to watch Disney movies.

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20. I love cooking with my husband.

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21. My favorite meal is steaks and gnocchi.


22. I love bingewatching TV shows on Netflix.

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23. I love taking road trips on the weekend with my husband.


24. I love getting things done early, and hate procrastination.


25. I love myself and I love being me.

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6 Signs You're Experiencing The Infamous Sophomore Slump

Stress goes up, excitement goes down.

As the end of my sophomore year in college is now in sight, I've begun to take a look back on this year and how utterly strange it has been. I've recently found a term that perfectly describes everything I've felt from this year in just two words: Sophomore Slump. This term has been coined to describe a,

"Period of developmental confusion where students may face difficulties in academic, social, and personal development. In addition, after the novelties of college social life have worn off, nothing seems quite as special."

I've definitely experienced this feeling this year, and although I find myself still enjoying college, the stresses have seemed to increase while the excitement has simultaneously worn off. If you're suffering through the Sophomore Slump as well, you might be able to relate to these tell-tale signs.

1. You went from going out every weekend to adopting a sleep schedule similar to your grandparents.

Freshman year, every weekend was full of constant opportunities for parties. You waited your whole life for the true college experience, and last year you went a little too hard. Now, you're making up for it by spending your weekends reading, sleeping and most importantly, binging the latest Netflix original special.

2. Frat parties are yesterday’s news.

I still remember the excitement leading up to frat parties during my freshman year, especially for tailgates. Now, if I ever even do go out, I prefer a house party with people I actually enjoy being around.

3. You begin questioning whether your major is right for you…and is it too late now?

Is my major the right one for me? I'm already too far in! I can't back out now! Sophomore year is basically a giant ball of stress and quarter-life crises.

4. You enjoy feeling more like an adult, but you miss the innocence of being a freshman.

As a freshman, you were still naive to adult life, and while that had its own problems, sometimes you miss being the new kid on campus with a whole world of opportunities ahead of you.

5. Somehow, if it’s even possible, your procrastination has gotten even worse.

If you thought last year was bad...

6. And you still find yourself in a constant state of denial.

It's fine, I'm fine, everything's fine.

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