The BIG Transition – USF Housing LIVE! – 421

The BIG Transition – USF Housing LIVE! – 421


Why did you come to bulls unite day? Oh, because I want to like know more about
what I’m gonna be getting into. Have you learned anything new today? Yeah, I learned a lot about my major! Trying to figure out what to do I guess because
I’ve obviously never been to college. We wanted to be a part of this so. We think
that make him feel more comfortable about attending to college the University and it
helps them figure out what the best way is to pick a major. I actually changed my major today I was originally
biology and I switched to health sciences. I just learned about the explorers program
exploratory, but I might do engineering. The reason I chose USF is because USF is a
lot better medical opportunities which is what I would want to do in future. I just got a really good vibe and a really
good feeling for this school like right when I walked on campus and ever since then I just
really loved it. I really wanted to go into marine science
and I heard there was a great like marine science school here and I also just really
don’t like the cold so I wanted to go somewhere warm. Top school for you? Yeah. What would it take for you to choose USF from
all of your schools. Is a fidget spinner enough? Do you like the
fidget spinner? You’re still going look at this! I am an RG or residential guide, so I give
housing tours to new incoming students. Are you any good at it? I’m pretty great at it! It’s really good. So, what’s your favorite thing about USF? I would definitely have to say all the different
student organizations we have here, there’s always something to do whenever you’re bored. So, what’s your favorite thing about USF? Probably like the cultural differences that
we have on campus. So, you get exposed to a lot of different cultures and you get to
me a lot different people and learn about their cultures and I find that pretty neat. Try to soak up everything every little thing
there is, there’s so many organizations student organizations that they can participate
in and different interest and just join a few of them and enjoy. I’m coming from New jersey so it’s a huge
transition for me because I can’t just go back home it’s a 20-hour drive so, home
sickness is probably what I’m a little scared about home sickness is probably what Im most scared about. I don’t really know how to cook food. My uncle actually went to USF so he’s like
kind of telling me a couple things to try out. How’d you meet your roommate? Through the USF 2022 Facebook page hi Isis! It was a pretty steady relationship and we
finally decided to call each other official roommate and take the next step. Shout out to my new roommate Cassie I’m super
excited to live with you and like be best friends. Go Bulls! Gregory Bowers. Sierra Rose. Maxwell Morinelli. Elysa Goldberg. Nyrin Naomi. Courtney Cadogan. Yeraldine Paredes. June Dickens. Jeremy Lamberti. Taylor Finke. Kailia Wiliams. Brilly Gomez. Chris Herrera. Stephanie Jochman. Wednesday, July 18th 2018. Coming to you from the beautiful, University
of South Florida campus in Tampa. Its USF Housing LIVE! Welcome, welcome, welcome everyone.
This is USF Housing LIVE! I’m your host Gregory Bowers with Housing & Residential
Education at the beautiful University of South Florida in Tampa. Our motto? Best place to
live. Best place to work. Best place to learn. Tonight’s episode is: The BIG Transition.
A reminder to everyone joining us live that we are here to answer your questions so you
are ready to live the Bull’s life. If you have a question, no matter where or how you
are watching, just type it in the comments and we will answer you in real time. Let’s
go ahead and meet tonight’s guests. Joining us from Campus Recreation is a senior majoring
in marketing who has been there done that, knows everything there is to know, and is
making his first appearance on the show, campus recreation outreach assistant Jake Sanz. Welcome
Jake! Thanks Greg thank you for having me. Happy to have you here. Our first guest tonight
is making her debut with USF Housing LIVE! she is an active member of the association
of college and university housing officers international IQUI. Presents regularly at
national conferences has served as a faculty member for the national housing training institute
served as a IQUI first globalization director and has been instrumental in the development
of our newest residential community, The Village. I am so happy to have her join us this evening
our assistant vice president for housing and residential education, Anna Hernandez welcome
to the program Anna. Hi Greg I’m really excited to be here tonight I’m so happy to have you here and so let’s
get right into it so Ana tell us what is it that you do here at USF. So my role is assistant vice president for
housing and residential education and so that long title really means that I oversee the
residential experience here on campus. And that incorporates the facilities the assignments
process the the Housing Services desk the mailroom anything that that really touches
the students experience here on campus. And so tell us what is it that motivates you
to serve students in this way. Living on campus is really important for student
success and so I’ve been doing this for about 28 years now and so I’m pretty committed to
it and really trying to look at how it is the residential experience impacts student
lives. So making those connections making those lifelong friends understanding how to
be part of a community how to set yourself up for success academically as well. All of
that watching students thrive is really rewarding for me and you know the the benefit that I
have of being surrounded by a really talented team of people that are really focused on
those student’s um you know that’s just a bonus for me. Anna you gotta tell us a little bit about
how housing and residential education has changed since you arrived. Sure so I’ve been on campus I’m here since
2009 and so the transformation of the campus has been incredible in so many different ways
specifically with regard to housing in 2009 is when we opened up juniper poplar Hall which
is one of our residence halls. That has about a thousand students in it and that really
changed the nature of the campus and really started to focus on creating a residential
community here on campus. We introduced a residential curriculum which is very focused
and intentional meeting students where they are trying to customize how it is we support
students throughout their college career. On looking at the facilities I mean the investment
that we’ve made in both the existing facilities as well as the expansion in the last 25 months
not that I’m counting, but we’ve we’ve demolished about , 1300 beds and we’ve built 1500 , beds
and a new dining facility and new campus recreation for and you know it’s just it’s just thrilling
and exciting and you know there’s more to come. So there’s a Publix coming on its way
and some more parking that will be available next year as well. That’s so just a few things have changed it
sounds like I got to ask you because I know we have the Publix coming up later in the
fall semester or early spring semester everyone’s asking I know Jake is probably curious will
there be pub subs? I have been told that pub subs will be a fixture
in the new Publix so we’re very excited about that I know students are very excited about
that. The Publix will be really a full-service grocery store on there just may be some fewer
items so feel a little more limited selection than you might find in a , square foot store
because it’ll be under , square feet but it’s still pretty significant That’s awesome and so let’s talk a little
bit about the transition we talked about the transition from college to college excuse
me being huge being so significant both for students and families. So what is it that
makes this transition so significant? One of the things about that transition is
that for many students this may be the first time that they’re living on their own. The
first time that they’re making a lot of their decisions with regard to how they’re spending
their time independently. First time they have a bank account first time that they really
have total control over what their schedule may be and there’s also transition for for
families trying to understand what new roles and responsibilities are and how a college
student may be different than a high school student with regard to the role in the in
the family dynamic and and sort of what that may mean so it’s a transition for the student
but it’s also transition for the parents and I speak from personal experience as my daughter
is going to be heading off to a to a university in the fall as well so. So now you are living the dream you’re going
through the transition yourself. I am I am so and I’m trying to figure out
you know how much of it is my stuff and how much of it is her stuff. And so you know she
is very excited and you know thrilled about the new adventure and you know I am thrilled
for her well but you know she’s gonna be really far away and I’m gonna miss her a lot but
you know I have to I have to take some comfort that you know we’ve spent 18 years raising
her and giving her a good foundation and she’s going to be successful just like I think all
of our USF Bulls that are coming in will be successful. Absolutely thank you for sure Ana how should
students prepare themselves for the residential experience here at USF? So I think that they can prepare themselves
before they arrive as well as what they do in the first couple of months that they’re
here. So before they arrive I would really encourage them to connect with their roommate
try to find out you know what that looks like and connecting in whatever way they would
like whether that’s you know the old fashioned phone call and actually talked to the person
or whether you do that through social media or or texting or whatever whatever that may
be. So and it’s got to be the students choice and so again personal experience so trying
to navigate what that looks like so really trying to make some of those connections so
that move-in day isn’t as shocking right there’s some familiarity. I think that having some
of those conversations also with your family or your guardians or who however you’re going
to be connected to your home you know what does that look like because your parents or
your guardians or your family may not know where you’re going to be hours a day and so
what can you do so that they don’t freak out right so is that scheduling you know every
Sunday you’re going to give them a call you know you have some expectation with regard
to when you’re going to text them back etc. So trying to understand those family dynamics,
um don’t pack too much we’re in Tampa you can get a lot of things so you don’t have
to bring everything you own into the space um just bring those favorite things that you
have and kind of navigate that but be prepared for transition there’ll be new things. Get
a job join a club try to find something that you did in high school that you really like
try to find something new that you’ve never thought you would even try and really just
engage on campus. That’s really helpful and also good to hear
it sounds like they don’t need to bring a u-haul to campus so. I’m not gonna judge you
but I will mention it if I catch you out there with a u-haul folks you don’t need to bring
that much stuff and I thinking about the transition being more than just a moment but more of
that marathon over a long period of time. How can families best support their students
in the days weeks and months that follow a move-in day? I think that one of the things that families
can do to help their students be successful is be available be that sounding board but
also refrain as much as you can from solving your students problems. So help the student
identify the options that are available to them it may be a conflict that they’re going
through it may be a decision that they need to make it may be that they’re concerned if
perhaps they didn’t do so well on their first test you know trying to give them some perspective
in that in that transition I think is good but really support that it is a transition.
Right everything is going to build on everything else and find some comfort that you know you’re
sending them to USF with a really solid foundation and so you know they’re gonna make good decisions
they made good decisions when you know they were under your roof and so they’re gonna
make some good decisions as they go forward. It’s really helpful thank you very much Hanna.
We’ve got some questions that have come in and some shout out so let’s let’s check in
on what’s come in from online Sydney has a shout out to Sierra the best director. So
the shout out for you Gary said go bulls hey go bulls Gary and so Susana asked can I buy
gift cards for my student for Starbucks, Moe’s, Panda Express, pollo Tropic all the restaurants
do they accept those on campus I’ve been told I cannot use gift cards that is I believe
true the gift cards will not apply campus Am I correct Ana. That is true, but the alternative is to put
Dining Dollars on the students account because those are accepted throughout the the campus
and we actually have a brand new Starbucks and a new burgerfi that’s going to be coming
as part of the village and so you know you’ll be on your your students good side if you
if you put some money on their Dining Dollars or their bull bucks whatever it is that you
choose excellent. So folks just get out there Google USF Dining
Dollars take you right to the web where you can go ahead and do that. Suzanne also asked
do you recommend paper plates or dishes for suite style rooms also should they get microwaves
for rooms is it necessary? So the paper plates versus on sort of china
plates or plastic plates really depends on your students diligence with regard to cleanliness.
So if it is that you think that your student is going to clean the dishes after they use
them then great then you don’t have to spend the money on paper plates if you have any
hesitation paper plates are the way to go. Microwaves is the other question. Microwaves that would be a great conversation
to have with with your roommate because I don’t think that you need two microwaves but
if you want the convenience of having a microwave in your actual individual room many students
bring microwaves and mini refrigerators and so sometimes that’s a great convenience but
there are also microwaves that are available in the common kitchens that are certainly
accessible to all students all right. Thank you so you heard of here folks you don’t
need to bring two three four of everything share those microwaves many fridges printers
another thing that you can share talk with your roommates and prepare before you get
here. So keep those questions coming folks. It’s time for us a to take a short break,
but don’t go anywhere, this video is about Parent & Family Programs. Stick around. We
will be back with more USF Housing LIVE! right after this. Hey bulls catch up on episodes you may have
missed and see what’s coming up by visiting USF dot edu slash Housing. Select about us
then USF Housing LIVE! choose an episode and get ready to give the Bulls life! I’m Jessica Fitzgerald and I serve in the
office of parent friendly programs. So we are the home on campus for family members
of USF students we support them through the transition of their students into the institution
by providing resources for them education on-campus events that are happening or that
resources that there should its connect to and then we also get to host fun events for
members. So our first one is the Welcome Reception and then our kind of signature event of the
year is family and friends weekend I think my advice for them really would be to be confident
that their student has chosen a really great institution to call home for their college
experience and for the students just to be vulnerable and go out to events to meet other
students. One thing that we tell families and students is if they can really stay on
campus for that first 90 days that that helps them to really acclimate to their campus community
here so a couple different ways that they can get in touch with us we have a family
email account which is family at USF dot edu and they can also find us through our website
USF dot edu slash families they can also call at any time and our phone number is eight
one three nine seven four two eight nine six we also have a pretty active Facebook group
that’s private for family members that they can join. Go Bulls! Welcome back. This is USF Housing LIVE!, I’m
Gregory Bowers, you’re not, and it’s time to chat with Jake Sanz. Jake, tell us what
you do here at USF. So I’m the outreach assistant for our campus
recreation and really what that means is my job is to inform and excite students and families
about all the different things that Campus Recreation has to offer. So let’s get into it tell us what is it the
campus recreation provides our Bulls? Wow, so all in that is just that’s a huge
question the first thing that comes to mind is a family away from family. Kind of what
Anna was saying is that the the biggest thing about a transition is once you get dropped
off on campus and you know your parents leave and you know you were spending that few hours
together saying your goodbyes is it your alone. Students as a freshman you don’t really understand
that we’re all one community we are all bulls you know that takes a couple years to develop
but our campus recreation is your family away from family everyone wants to see you grow
everyone wants to see you strive and just be better than when you were when you first
walked in. What are some of the most commonly used services
and some of the most popular activities with campus recreation? All in all that’s it that’s a huge question.
Again I mean there’s really so much that campus recreation encompasses we have three facilities
first and foremost our rec campus recreation center is kind of like our mothership, that’s
you know the destroyer and that has all of our things from you know outdoor recreation.
We have a huge pool and they can swim laps you know you have free swim in there there’s
two basketball courts there is a huge top floor that has a bunch of cardio equipment
and then the bottom floors for weights and whatnot there’s racquetball courts, there’s
squash courts, there’s literally so much to do and along with our two satellite facilities
that we kind of recently have expanded into it’s it’s some of the same things basically
you know classes and cardio equipment weight training equipment there’s a pool at the fit
that you know is zero entry. So it’s it’s really about luxury and just kind of hanging
out getting a tan. And so how can a student get involved with
all this stuff? So one of the biggest things for involvement
in campus recreation is registration. We have so many activities and different programs
planned throughout every single one of the semesters that all you have to do is go to
you know USF dot edu forward slash campus rec and you can find probably you know five
to six calendars of just different activities and things to do along with instructions on
how to register for each one of those events so that you can get your slot you can get
your confirmation email and you know you can show up and just participate. Now how much students pay to access campus
rec services? So this one’s for the parents out there this
is this is free this is paid for by you know student fees and our wonderful student government.
Campus Recreation is your gym membership this is this is for you this is what your students
fees paid for there are are no added fees besides our one-on-one personal training and
if you ever wanted to do any adventure trips or you know maybe go kayaking a bioluminescent
kayaking for 45$. Bioluminescent kayaking did you take me through
that please? Okay so I could go into this really long thing
and explain you the biology of how there’s these you know small tiny creatures that glow
in the water and whatnot, but it happens a few times a year and basically with our outdoor
recreation we have Riverfront Park and and there is just an awesome place where you can
kayak you can paddleboard you have a ropes course but we also have adventure trips with
our outdoor recreation where you can go to I think it’s the 18th of August and you an
go to Titusville to go bioluminescent kayaking so it’s really fun it’s at nighttime and it’s
an awesome experience. Sounds really cool so you got to tell me is
there anything new and exciting happening with campus rec this upcoming semester? There is always new and exciting things happening
at campus recreation. Like I said we just have countless activities in programs and
events going on we recently just had something called glow in the park for our summer B students
who came here I’m just you know giving hem an opportunity and and outlet so just go have
fun and literally put glow paint on your face and play cornhole at Riverfront Park so there’s
constantly things going on and with the addition of our two new satellite facilities the programs
and activities and literally just keep growing so. I want to ask you about those and so you mentioned
the well and the fit so what happens over at the well? So it the well that’s on the west end of campus
a lot of times students you know might not even make it over to that end but it’s just
you know having a facility everywhere so that it’s convenient for you. The well has you
know cardio weight training they do classes over there a lot of our awesome campus recreation
members are over there and it’s just it’s a gym just like all of our other gyms just
a little bit smaller and nestled in a nice corner of campus. Cool and we’ve got the fit so tell us what’s
offered over at the fit? The fit is awesome so the fit is a two-story
gym much like our campus recreation center that just has cardio equipment weight training
equipment and nap pods nap pods on campus. Those are popular on campus. I know we’ve introduced nap pods the number of years
ago and they’re definitely a go-to for a lot of students. You know campus is stressful there’s alot
of things that are going on you know talking about the transition going from just moving
on settling in and not even getting to your classes yet. You know the most stressful part
we basically see campus recreation and in both of those facilities as a way to just
give students an outlet to de-stress to do something other than you know a productive
measure towards education. You know just just something to do when you don’t want to be
in your housing facility or maybe you aren’t in class or anything so you can n you can
workout you can go in the pool at the fit that I didn’t mention that is zero entry so
it’s more about luxury rather than laps if that’s what you’re about. I like it so the zero entry pool is just like
the beach you can just kind of inch in or just Sun by the pool. I know a lot students
like to do that at the Fit shameless plug folks. The fits located in the village three
new halls opening this fall make sure you are living here on campus and we do have space
available in the village still so you can go to USF dot edu slash housing and start
your housing application right there from our homepage. And so Jake you got to tell
what other stuff is going on in these campus rec facilities outside of the cardio and strength-training? So what I want to break into a little more
is the campus recreation isn’t just about you know getting your muscles stronger or
you know just going and having an outlet kind of for for mental stability. It’s also a place
where say you played sports in high school or you know maybe in middle school or you
want to play sports in college that you’ve never played before we have intramural sports
which is awesome kind of taking the competitive drive out of sports and just giving you something
to do you know a fun way to participate and meet people and then we have our sports clubs.
So you know say you you every single night it’s p.m. you know for years you played football
and you were really into it in high school but you didn’t necessarily want to continue
that into you know a D college or maybe you couldn’t sports clubs are an awesome way that
you can compete and you can practice you know routine and you can actually travel and play
those sports along with that we have our outdoor recreation which is comprised of our riverfront
park where you can kayak you can paddleboard like I mentioned before you can use the ropes
course and you can go on our adventure trips which are top-notch one of the most amazing
things I think that you can do on campus as a whole so you pay a small you know flat price
and you can go some anywhere from Peru – like I said bioluminescent kayaking in Titusville
just you know an hour a minute an hour away. Probably one of the coolest things I hear
about on campus is just anything called an adventure trip I think everyone wants to get
involved with and so that’s really really cool. We’ve got some things just came in online
here Gladius I said hi and go bulls hey go bulls Gladius. Gladius then asked will I be
able to speak to my roommate before I start my spring term that sounds like a question
for Anna? before you start your spring term? So and
really this is in general before a student arrives on campus will they be able to speak
with their roommate. Yes, so that is really up to the individual
students to make those connections however that that looks like so if you know who your
roommate is I would say if you haven’t heard from them already then why don’t you be the
one that reaches out and and tries to make those connections with them yeah. And so folks know if you are looking to see
who your roommate is go usf dot edu slash housing select housing portal then profile
information and then you’ll see future housing assignment click on that and you will see
your future housing assignments and information for any roommates but it is possible for a
roommate to keep their information private and so in those situations you would not be
able to reach out but almost everyone makes that information available and if you haven’t
heard from your roommates you might be someone who selected that privacy setting you can
change that in the housing portal so other people can find out and get in touch with
you before you arrive here on campus. So Jake got one last question for you we are
talking about the transition what was it helped you most to adjust to the college environment? Um so I’m biased on this and I I feel like
you know most kind of know my answer already you know working at campus recreation but
as I said before I think the thing that helped me ease in was Campus Recreation and just
you know having a place to go that that wasn’t you know my housing facility or maybe wasn’t
the dining hall that I had you know stuff three meals down already you now a place where
I could just go and you know play basketball maybe a little pickup game or or just work
out I think Campus Recreation was a very awesome family to have away from my family when I
first got here and without it I really don’t know what I would have done because there’s
just so much to do. Thank you thank you both very much and so
folks we’ve got some announcements for you let’s get into it. Hey Will you be living
the Bull’s life in the fall? Are you not sure yet make the decision you want to join
us. Remember that we are still accepting housing applications. You can find a suite, traditional,
or apartment style space on campus, but they won’t last forever. Visit usf.edu/housing,
select Housing Application, then Application Process to get started securing campus housing
for the fall. We want you to live the Bull’s life and get the most out of your USF experience. A reminder from Hillsborough County Supervisor
of Elections Craig Latimer: The deadline to register to vote for the August 28 Primary
Election is July 30. You can register to vote in minutes by visiting VoteHillsborough.org Well, that is just about all the time we have.
But before we go, I want to remind you that USF Housing LIVE! airs every Wednesday at
7 p.m., eastern time. Join us for our next episode Bulls Unite on Wednesday, July 25.
You can watch at facebook.com/usfhousing, the USF Class of 2022 Facebook group, or in
full 1080p high definition at youtube.com/usfhousing. USF Housing LIVE! is produced by Housing & Residential
Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Our motto is best place to live,
best place to work, best place to learn. Thank you to tonight’s guests, Ana Hernandez Jake
Sanz for joining me this evening. Thank you to our production crew, to you, our viewers,
and of course there is always just one last thing, GO BULLS! Goodnight everyone.

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