5 More Things to Love About USF

5 More Things to Love About USF

"There are some obvious things about the school that all of us bulls love, like the gorgeous campus, great research opportunities, and student diversity, but there are a few things we take for granted."
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The University of South Florida is one of Florida's premiere universities and no one knows that better than the students. There are some obvious things about the school that all of us Bulls love, like the gorgeous campus, great research opportunities, and student diversity, but there are a few things we take for granted. When you think about it, you barely need to leave campus for anything and the amount of resources that USF offers is just too abundant for just one student to experience (not like it's a bad thing) so here are some not too obvious things to love about being a student at the University of South Florida:

1. Career Development Programs

Let's face it, a lot of us didn't learn how to write a resume or snag an internship during our high school years, but USF is here to help with that. With resources like the career services center, Employ-A-Bull, the Job Shop, and Suit-A-Bull, USF is making sure their students are prepared for interviews and dressed for success.

2. Outdoor Recreation

Lots of big universities have state of the art gyms and fitness classes but USF takes healthy living to another level with their outdoor recreation programs. Whether you're looking to go on a weekend camping trip and hike through the mountains in Georgia or just go kayaking for a few hours between classes, USF outdoor recreation has something for everyone to enjoy because, let's be honest, how many students can say their school has its own golf course and ropes course?

3. Friendly Students and Faculty

It may just be something in the water but USF students and faculty seem exceptionally nice and willing to go out of their way to help each other. Maybe it's because of the school's diversity (throughout the student body and numerous academic programs) or the fact that we are more than just our football team. Whatever the reason it's nice knowing you can easily reach out to your peers for help or have an honest, friendly conversation with your professors.

4. Resources for Mental Health

We all know USF has plenty of ways to help students stay in shape physically but they also care about students well-being. There are numerous articles floating around the internet about students going off to college and mentally breaking down, but with free counseling sessions, meditation meetings, victim advocacy and violence prevention, and the Students of Concern Assistance Team (just to name a few resources) USF is making sure their students are living the happiest, healthiest, safest lives that they can

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5. Service Learning and Community Engagement

Besides their students and faculty, USF cares about helping the local and global community as well. With service-learning courses students are able to learn more about their field while helping others. And don't think these classes are just for medical or education students, service-learning courses are offered in numerous departments with classes such as Drama Therapy, Ending Homelessness, and Social Psychology of HIV/AIDS.

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I Drank Lemon Water For A Week And Here's What Happened

It has already changed my life.

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There are so many health crazes out there now, it's hard to tell what actually works and what doesn't; or more importantly what is healthy and what is making your body worse. I read about simply drinking lemon water and I figured that didn't sound gross or bad for me so I figured I would give it a try. I've been drinking it consistently for a week and a half and I already notice some results.

I've never been a fan of lemon in my water, I always refuse it at restaurants. You definitely have to find your sweet spot in lemon to water ratio, in what tastes good to you. I personally cut the lemon into quarters and use on quarter per day. I put the lemon quarter in the bottle and then continuously fill with water throughout the day. I still get the yummy lemon flavor all day because I do not squeeze the lemon. It took about a bottle or two to get used to the lemon flavor, and now I just crave it.

Lemon water is supposed to speed up your metabolism. Obviously, a week is not long enough to tell if this is fact or fiction but I have noticed a change in appetite. I feel like I do not get hungry as often as I did before. I saw this effect within 24-48 hours of starting the experiment. This seems opposite to a fast metabolism but we'll see.

I definitely feel more hydrated with lemon water. I drink a lot of water anyways, about 80 oz a day but for some reason with the lemon, it makes me feel better. I don't feel as sluggish, I'm not getting hot as easily, and my skin feels amazing. I am slightly skeptical though because the lemon almost makes my tongue dry requiring me to drink more water, so I have upped my intake by about 20oz. I'm unsure if the hydration is due to the extra water, the lemon, or both!

My face is clearing up and feels so much softer too, in only a week! I have not gotten a new pimple since I have started my lemon water kick, may be coincidence but I'm not going to argue with it.

I also feel skinnier as I feel like I'm not holding as much water weight. I only exercise lightly, for the most part, walking around a mile or two a day so we can eliminate exercise factor to the slender feeling.

I have a messy stomach. Everything upsets it, and even though lemons are very acidic, they have not affected me in a negative way at all. It almost seems like the lemon water is helping me digest the difficult foods that my stomach doesn't like. I'm nowhere near a doctor so don't trust my word but it seems to be working for me.

From the effects I've felt so far, it also seems like lemon water may be a great hangover cure! I haven't tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't say a negative thing about drinking lemon water so far expect you have to buy the lemons! If you try this for yourself though just make sure you are using an enamel saving mouthwash or toothpaste since lemons aren't so great for your teeth.

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5 Classic Soups For Autumn

Something Warm for Those Chilly Days

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The changing leaves, the chilly weather, the smell of autumn in the air. The constant debate about whether life is about #pumpkinspice or #applecider. Sweaters, scarves, boots and that one super comfy pair of jeans all add up to a perfect autumn season. With the rapidly cooling weather, comfort food comes to the mind. So what food do you turn to the most as a way to fight off the cold? For at least my household, the best way to do that is through soup. Following are five classic soups that are great for this time of year!

Chicken Noodle

Chicken Soup

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Chicken Noodle soup is THE classic soup staple for when you're sick, cold, or just feeling like an easy meal. I know when I was sick, nothing could beat warm chicken noodle soup, especially of the homemade variety. As a "grown up" with a busy schedule and all those lovely life hurdles, spending all day making homemade chicken noodle soup isn't really my best option. Liz Fourez and her site lovegrowswild.com have combatted this issue for me. She provides a 30-minute homemade chicken noodle recipe for those nights where you need the extra warmth.

Baked Potato 

Baked Potato

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One of my favorite 30-minute staples is loaded baked potato soup. For me, cold weather equals comfort foods. There are so many ways that you can dress up the soup to cater to your tastes. Bonus points for the fact that even my picky eater loves it even if it's only because it involves bacon. There are a billion different recipes for this soup and some do take longer than others. One of my favorites for when I've put off washing my crockpot and still want this creamy soup takes only 35 minutes total. The recipe comes from the "I Heart Naptime Cookbook" but I found it on iwashyoudry.com.

French Onion

French Onion

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Now, I'm not a big fan of French onion soup unless I have some fresh baked bread to dip in it. However, I do know a few people who absolutely l-o-v-e love to eat this soup. This soup does tend to take a little bit longer than the other recipes so far but the results are well worth it. The recipe that I like to use comes from the Food Network and was posted courtesy of Tyler Florence. The recipe does take 1 hour and 10 minutes. However, I promise whether you eat it with fresh bread or on its own, you'll love it.

Cheddar Broccoli

Cheddar Broccoli

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Now, I'm not normally a fan of broccoli. In fact, I'm probably worse than most toddlers when it comes to the mini tree veggies. There's just something about dousing those little green spruces in cheese that sets my mouth watering. This makes cheddar broccoli soup a great choice when I'm feeling low on my veggie intake. The recipe comes from a food blogger on his site 101cookingfortwo.com. It takes an hour to make but comes out delicious. The site also offers options to make the soup more like Panera's or to add certain ingredients that may be more appealing.

Tomato Basil

Tomato Basil

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I'm not a big fan of the taste of tomato in general. However, nothing goes better with a grilled cheese sandwich than creamy tomato basil soup. It's also an incredibly good staple for those chilly days. The total time for this recipe is 30 minutes and it's a relatively easy recipe to follow. The recipe comes from dontsweattherecipe.com. A bonus additive with this recipe is that it can be made to be completely vegetarian. I find it pairs well with both your standard grilled cheese sandwich or with a mozzarella based grilled cheese sandwich.

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