December 15, 2017

As my last semester of college approaches, I am beginning to have mixed feelings about graduation. Many of our seniors are graduating this December. In honor of all the seniors, I wrote the pros and cons of graduating college.


1. Traveling: These past four years (o...

December 8, 2017

All good things must come to an end. So it goes.

I always like to say that people are at the same time, more complex and less complex than we make them out to be. Yet we all have something valuable to say about our world and our experiences. At this point in many of our...

December 1, 2017

If you’re a college freshman, this is likely the first time you’ve been away from home for an extended period of time. If you’re older, you remember that feeling: you’d been responsible for your own well-being and now you were headed back home under your parent’s roof.


November 17, 2017

Women are eight times more likely than men to be sexually assaulted, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Also, college women are 20% more likely than men to be sexually assaulted on campus. Without a debt, sexism is alive and well in our society....

November 3, 2017

You’ve got a research paper, project and 2 exams in 2 weeks! Chances are, you’re feeling the pressure. Where do you begin? College can be stressful but how is it just the name of the game or has it gotten out of hand and how do we deal with it?

This week we begin talki...

October 27, 2017

Those who are in power rule the world and depending on what they do with it, this notion can be terrifying.

This time, we begin talking about living in an unsettling political landscape, by talking with the Encounter’s very own Social Media Director; Ivan Flores.

What wa...

October 13, 2017

It’s Friday! You’ve made it through another week of classes and long nights studying, writing essays or perfecting a speech that counts for 30% of your grade. Now, you have the weekend ahead of you.

Are you using that time to catch up on some much-needed R&R or are you...

October 6, 2017

A recent Harvard study suggested that developing strong social bonds helps promote healthy brain functioning and in college, a healthy brain goes a long way! However, are college friendships the only way to a successful college career?

This week, I talked with USF stude...

September 29, 2017

So, newsflash: college is difficult.

There are many late night cramming sessions and times where you have no idea what’s going on. In the end though, your future is in your hands. How have college students dealt with this pressure in the present and the past? Let’s find...

September 22, 2017

Welcome to a new weekly feature here on the USF Encounter website called, Generations Yap.

At one point or another, we’ve all complained about the previous generation and vice versa. These complaints are typically peppered into obvious generalizations i.e. the current g...

September 7, 2017

To the Freshman students, welcome, and to the returning students, welcome back to college life. Going through college you will have many stressful times, but just as many exciting times. When you are having both stressful and fun times, you will consider picking up som...

September 6, 2017

Coming into a fresh, new year, everyone is buying and preparing their dorm rooms for the next nine grueling months of study and grinding. We all know and buy the classic essentials like laundry baskets and TVs, but if you really want to take your room to the next level...

September 4, 2017

In college, it’s safe to say money is one of the bigger issues people struggle with. So the last thing a student, or anyone in general really, needs is to get money taken right from under them.

Unfortunately, this happened to be the case with a couple students for the p...

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