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.
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.
Explore over 16 acres of amazing plants! Purchase local honey, and more all on the USF Tampa campus!
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.
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.
A registered dietitian can help you understand your food choices and plan your meals.
Meet with a Personal Trainer from Recreation and Wellness.
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
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, 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.
Volleyball outside a residential hall.
A pickup game of volleyball can be a great way to meet others and enjoy our beautiful campus.
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.