9 Things I Miss About Tampa

9 Things I Miss About Tampa

Counting down the hours until I can be reunited.

I’ve been gone from Tampa since December, and I’ve started missing all the things I loved about the city and my school. There are so many things I loved about the city and my campus that I haven’t been able to see or have since I left campus at the end of the fall semester. I’m going on month six away from my second home and I miss it just as much as I miss my hometown. These are all the things I miss from Tampa and my home university, The University of Tampa.

  1. If you know me well, you know the thing I miss the most is the Tampa Bay Lightning.After moving to Tampa for college, I went to my first Lighting game and fell in love with the team. I’ve gone to so many games that the majority of the money I’ve spent in Tampa was on hockey tickets. There’s literally nothing I love more than going to the game and watching the guys play or even just sitting and watch the games. Not being able to watch them play has been a killer for me and I miss it more than anything.
  2. The beautiful UT campus.3. The Caf sandwiches (I love sandwiches).
    1. I’ve had to cook for myself this entire semester, I think I miss not having to cook more than the food on campus itself.
    4. The Taco Bus.
      1. A trip to Taco Bus is time never wasted no matter what time of day. Amazing tacos.

      5. UT soccer and baseball games.

        1. I miss sitting at the games watching the sun set and watching two of my favorite sports. I don’t have many opportunities to sit in the warmth and watch sports here.

        6. The beautiful view from the docks on campus.

        1. Downtown isn’t as busy as everyone thinks but it is one amazing skyline. I miss being able to sit on the river and just look at the skyline more than I thought I would.

        7. The Riverwalk.

        1. I ran here, biked here, walked here at any hour of the day. If I couldn’t sleep I'd walk until I felt tired. The view made runs fly by and made gorgeous spots to watch the sunset.

        8. Bayshore Avenue.

        1. Bayshore is claimed to be the longest continuous sidewalk in the world running 4.5 miles long, which makes it great for walks, runs and biking. It has one of the best views of Tampa at sunrise, the afternoon, sunset and nighttime. The amount of times I’ve biked this or went on walks is ridiculous.

        9. Last but not least, my Greek Life family.

        1. There is nothing I love more than my Greek Life family. My littles, my big, my gbig, and all my sisters hold a special place in my heart. Being separated from them all made me realize how much I love all of them. I miss them with all my heart and count the hours until I get to be reunited with them all again.

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Unfortunately, we’ve all become suppressed to the idea that this generation has failed and we’ve pretty much corrupted the universe with our slangs, ideas of romance, negligence, and the material things we value over what is important.

Pessimistic viewpoint aside, the world inadvertently placing so much focus into how it's members choose to live subsequently gives us dominance over our own destiny, how we choose to individually influence the world.

We are the generation of social media. Social media is consuming and has only gotten more popular throughout the last two decades. We have the power to speak out and get a rise from a crowd in matter of minutes with pictures, tweets, debates, etc.

Our peers are right behind us, just waiting to see something controversial or relatable. We need to start using this as our in to change the world. It sounds so impractical, but when you really think about it, there are so many instances when social media has proved to be powerful: Promposals have been uploaded with hundreds of views. Tweets have been retweeted thousands of times just to catch the attention of a famous figure. We can and should be using this to our advantage.

However, this issue goes beyond social media. The idea is the overall sense that we are a community of individuals who grew up with so much evolving around us. We’ve been fighting segregation, gender inequality, homophobia, and simple basic human rights for centuries. Only recently have people begun speaking out against these injustices.

We have reached an age where we are trying to find ourselves and the initial step to building up who you are is developing opinions on any particular topics, which is extremely easy to do today considering there is so much to question, so much uncertainty, and so much bias.

We were born into such a stubborn society, one which actually believed the youth does not understand as much, simply because they are the youth.

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We need to challenge those in charge because they are [disappointingly] not people of reason who understand how to better an economy in the best interest of the people, nor do they treat us all equally.

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Ever since the big "W" of Hollywood became our new swastika symbol for all those innocent and unheard voices, hitting the media like any faux pas we had ever experienced, ranging from what-if-everyone-knew to everyone-must-know.

Certainly, we feel massively grateful for victims of a place we indulge in for all our rooted fantasies, motivations, inspirations, and can even relate to our inhibitions. It's called Hollywood: they talk, have secrets, and regrets just like us. For starters, there are tons of those inhibitions happening not just behind the scenes.

For instance, let's try a bar scenario. Say, when we ladies hit the bars after a hard day's work or just a girls night out, that guy you work with keeps trying to buy you a drink, we eventually or totally say yes because free alcohol, come on. Just as soon as we get a little tipsy, our inhibitions begin to leave us.

Little did we realize that before we even began talking, our inhibitions were already slurring their worded guts out. In other words, we must act upon them and speak up, rather not fear their consequences. However, this being such a common problem in today's society where we become so used to it, that we feel embarrassed, maybe guilty, or even worse: we become sorry.

Some of us are too empathetic to say no, whether it leading to an unconscious or inappropriate response. It is definitely not our fault for trying to be nice and all of the sudden, in a flash, we have no recollection from the other night at all. This is where most victims do not even bother trying to remember because it's too embarrassing.

And the ones with any morality left in them can take initiative by just being human. This honesty may have an extent, however, or be blown out of its own proportion for exploiting others. Social media really is a problem today. Most common is where we really do not know what the hell we are even writing in the first place.

There are always going to be those people, trying to take advantage of each other, being sexually or psychologically, or even in attempt to seek revenge in revealing that night you do not really remember. Yes, both men and women can do damage. Well known actress, Ashley Judd, even agrees in an exclusive teaser from her interview with Stephen Sackur.

Everyone has their weaknesses or has made unconscious decisions in their lives. Just owning up to them takes serious bravery. Joining a conversation that should be globally recognized influences more action in exposing all the real predators and creeps that constantly keep blowing up our phones, coercing us to say or do what we don't want, eventually turning whatever we said or haven't into blackmail for their own greed.

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Thank you to James Franco, for becoming a part of this conversation and taking ownership to whatever mistakes he has done. And thank you, Ashley Judd, for making this conversation even possible. It is important for spreading the idea for all men and women being all together and having a more equitable and just workplace, home life, social spaces.

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