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Sunshine And Sailboats Aren’t The Only Things USFSP Has In Its Backyard

From day one the selling point for attending USFSP to me was location, location, location!

I still remember the first day I stepped foot on the USFSP campus. Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, I instantly realized how much the environment and atmosphere surrounding it added to its “tempting allure” if you will.

Being a lover of all things revolving around sunshine, palm trees and saltwater, the USFSP campus’s location overlooking the harbor, I knew it was a perfect fit.

The fact that I can do homework while watching sailboats and yachts come in and out of dock, study by the fountain with trellises covered in hibiscus flowers, or even have lunch underneath the shade of the palm trees scattered across the USFSP campus, makes me feel like the luckiest girl, or shall I say college student, there is sometimes.

How many other college students can say they have those same experiences on a daily basis? Slim to none I know of! Many are stuck at colleges that are overcrowded and overwhelmed by the urban life around them. Not to mention the fact that most likely they don’t experience the pristine 70-80 degree temperatures we do year round.

Close Those Books And Hit The Streets

Here on the USFSP campus, we are lucky enough to truly have the best of both worlds. We have the beautiful water views and serene landscape all while being situated adjacent to the bustling, but NOT overcrowded, urban life of Downtown St. Pete. Sure, we have great dining options and coffee shops on campus, such as The Campus Grind, The Reef, The Red Mango or The Tavern,  but we also have a plethora of options right at our feet. Literally.

Wander a few blocks this way and you’ll find a movie theater, shops, boutiques, and even the famous St. Petersburg Pier – which houses even more shopping and dining options! Then wander a few blocks that way and you’ll find a variety of bars and nightclubs that many USFSP students have made their local hangouts – ahem, students who are of age of course.

USFSP had me from hello.

There was no further investigation for me into other schools or hemming and hawing over minuscule details. The feeling of comfort, the warmth of the people, and the generally peaceful and positive atmosphere that envelops the USFSP campus really drove my decision home. My time here has been amazing so far and I have no regrets in my decision to come here. The quality of learning and student life is off the charts.

Walking to class when you are having a less than stellar day and having the sunshine on your face, smelling the salt air or watching the dolphins swimming in the bay, can really help put things in perspective.

Yeah, yeah so you’re looking for an “education not a vacation,” your parents may say. Well…Why can’t you have both? Sure there are many things to consider when choosing colleges, such as what and where are right for you … But the biggest thing I learned is to trust your instincts. They are there for a reason.  I did, and it has been an experience I will never forget.

favorite getaway

Secret getaways on campus

Going to the library may be a hassle for some people.

The constant clicking of keyboards or the subconscious thought of having to be quiet have probably turned you away from relaxing in the library.

If you thought USF St.Petersburg didn’t have any relaxing or chill spots then think again, this campus is loaded with “not so secret” secret getaways.

Top five getaways on campus

If you are looking for a spot to just watch tv or even play board games to take your mind off of classes then the gaming room inside of The Reef is the place for you. This room has comfortable sofas, a flat-screen tv and tables for gaming. Apples to Apples, Cranium and Scrabble are a few of the board games that this room has to offer. If you’re not a board game type of person then you can hook up your own gaming system, PS3, Xbox, etc. to the tv. Although the smell of the cafeteria food may distract you, this is a great place for meeting people on campus or just hanging out.

The Tavern may just be everyone’s, including some of your professors, favorite getaway on campus. This spot offers an authentic bar atmosphere which makes you forget that you are even on a college campus.

“I love going to The Tavern after my classes, it’s so chill and not as raunchy as other bars,” says Marwa Hijazi.

There’s nothing more relaxing than eating a good meal in a relaxing environment, if you are tired of eating at The Reef then check out The Campus Grind. This place has almost everything on their menu from buffalo chicken wraps to Mediterranean pizzas. Let’s not forget about their wide selection of beverages, after all it is a café.

“I cannot live without their Americanos, it gives me that extra boost of energy while I am studying there,” says Renee Robinson.

My personal favorite spots on campus are The Gathering and behind the Davis building, overlooking the water and the boats.

The Gathering is inside of the PRW building. This is an open area with comfortable sofas and it is very quiet. The Gathering is great for catching up on reading assignments, homework and even naps in between classes.

The open space behind the Davis building is the perfect spot to clear your mind after a tough exam or just in your downtime between classes. If you love being outdoors then this spot will be your best bet. There is nothing more soothing that chilling on the grass listening to the water splash against the sides of the concrete.

Students least favorite getaway

I asked a few students what their least favorite spot on campus to hang out is and most people said the student room in the Davis building.

“I seriously hate going there, it looks so old and the atmosphere isn’t relaxing at all!” says Reman Alquireshi.

I checked out the spot for myself and I would have to agree with many students. This room has an old school vibe to it. It is perfect to hang out with friends and play foosball or just sit and talk.

USFSP is a beautiful campus that has many hidden relaxing getaways. There’s nothing better than finding your own space on campus to get away from the stresses that school can cause.