With all the anticipation of seeing humans again, it’s normal that you might have a bit of anxiety regarding campus life. How much “peopling” can you do after a year and a half of isolation? We’ve thought about the different levels of comfort with returning to campus and put together a Bucket List of USF treasures, both well-known and little secrets. 

What is a bucket list?  It’s a collection of dreams, goals, experiences, and activities you want to accomplish during a lifetime.  Writing down this collection as a “bucket list” helps you keep track of your goals. 

We’ll provide them in categories so you can round out your variety of experiences.   

I want to…. 


The pandemic has heightened our appreciation of the outdoors.  Luckily, we live in a location that allows year-round outdoor recreation, and we’re located on a campus that is filled with towering oak trees, flowering plants, and stately palms. Here are some of USF’s best places for you to experience the outdoors. 

Relax at Riverfront Park 

Enjoy your private park open only to USF students. Riverfront Park offers a serene spot to picnic, kayak, paddleboard, play disc golf, walk on trails and relax under the trees.  

Visit the USF Botanical Gardens 

Explore over 16 acres of amazing plants! Purchase local honey, and more all on the USF Tampa campus! 

Try out the stations at Sycamore Forest Walking Trails 

This 1.25-mile-long trail is located between the tennis courts and Greek Village. You can use the outdoor exercise stations to add variety to your walk under the canopy of Florida trees.  

Grab coffee at The Campus Grind in St. Pete 

Enjoy a fresh brew while walking around the USF St. Pete campus located in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla on the bay!  

Reflect at the MLK Fountain 

Spend some time journaling or meditating with TAO

Enjoy a sunset or sunrise picnic 

Pack a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate or take dinner to eat on the water at USF St. Pete, the Beard Garage at USF Tampa or down by the water at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. You can see a beautiful sunset over the sprawling USF campus.

Kick back in a hammock at Castor Beach 

Bring your own hammock, book, and bug spray and study the Florida way. 

Self-Compassion and Well-Being 

Take advantage of the free services that could cost you hundreds of dollars after graduation. For free (or a nominal fee) you have access to the following services, provided through your USF health fee. 

Schedule an appointment with a Registered Dietitian at SHS 

A registered dietitian can help you understand your food choices and plan your meals. 

Learn more about fitness 

Meet with a Personal Trainer from Recreation and Wellness. 

Access free STI testing, vaccines, and more 

Find health services near you. We are offering COVID-19 vaccinations, and flu shots through Student Health Services. 

Try something new to improve your mental health 

Join a Counseling Center support group or meet with a counselor one-on one for individual therapy. You can also use TAO and Togetherall to access mindfulness tools and strategies.  


Students tell us they wish they had become more familiar with academic support. Many are looking for research opportunities, social activities in their major and additional academic support. Consider some of these free offerings: 

Boost your resume with research experience

You can conduct a research study and present your findings to your peers and professors through the yearly Undergraduate Studies Research Program.   

Visit a tutor early on for courses that are challenging

Students say this is a “game-changer.”  Simply sign up for a tutor through the Academic Success Center and get support for writing, math, science, and study skills. 

Freshen up your resume and access career resources.

Freshen up your resume, explore careers, and get badges to prepare for life after college. 

More Campus Life  

This list could go on forever, but we’ve narrowed it down to some of our favorites. 

Attend one speaker series event

USF has many thought leaders, experts, and interesting guests at our speakers’ series. Grab a few friends and watch the next speaker and then discuss!  

Learn self-defense or how to help a friend

Learn some self-defense techniques with USF police department’s trainings, or attend active bystander intervention trainings, to learn new skills. 

Volleyball outside a residential hall.

A pickup game of volleyball can be a great way to meet others and enjoy our beautiful campus. 

Check out one of 500+ clubs through BullsConnect.  

Just type in a term and watch the options appear! Many student orgs have online events and will have in-person events in the Fall, so you can meet other students who have similar interests and passions.