Second-Year Experience

The Second-Year Experience provides students a chance to get MORE out of their sophomore year. Through alumni connections, tailored social programming, and exclusive career exploration opportunities, second-year students will be supported every step of the way. There’s no room for a sophomore slump when you’re having the best year ever!”

Peer Coaching Program: 

Through intentional programming, cross-campus collaboration, and targeted outreach and marketing, Peer Coaches are here to make sure your sophomore year is your best one yet. Peer Coaches are experienced USF St. Petersburg campus students who serve on the staff of the Compass Student Experience Office. As student leaders, Peer Coaches work with a team of professional staff members to provide educational and leadership development opportunities for the USF St. Petersburg campus student body

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Major Celebration: You picked your major! Now what? Major Celebration highlights the wonderful and unique aspects of your major while helping you explore potential post-grad paths. Deciding on a major is a big deal…we can’t wait to celebrate with you! 
Learning Journeys: Learning Journeys are faculty- or staff-led activities, focusing on an academic specialty, hobby, or interest of the faculty or staff member. Geared towards second-year and transfer students, Learning Journeys provide an opportunity for students to learn more about potential career paths while getting to know faculty and staff outside of the classroom. 
Alumni Connections: As second-year students start to think through their post-grad plans, they’ll have a chance to connect with USF alumni who have been in their shoes. Once a Bull, always a Bull – and our alumni are ready to share the advice they wish they knew as a sophomore. 
Go for the Gold Workshop Series: The COMPASS Go for the Gold workshop series will provide Bulls with all the tools they need to succeed. With specific tracks for first-year, second-year, and transfer students, Bulls will have personalized support in a workshop format. Through this series, we will cover topics that support students' academic, professional, and personal growth. Be a Bull. Take Charge. Go for the Gold! 

Life Skills Boot Camp: In collaboration with the Career Center, Leadership and Student Organizations, and Student Centers and Events, COMPASS is proud to offer a one-day Life Skills Boot Camp each spring. Featuring everything from understanding finances to moving off campus, the conference gives students the tools they need to succeed after graduation.

The Network 
The Network consists of a variety of interest groups that you can join to make connections with other students who share that interest, hobby, or passion of yours. Each Network is led by Peer Coaches who will help you connect in group activities as well as one-on-one with other new students. Through regular meetings throughout the semester, the Network provides flexible opportunities for you to develop meaningful connections and successfully transition to college and to life as a Bull by the Bay. 

  • Meet People: The Network is a great way to meet students who share a similar interest, passion, or common experience. 
  • Make USF Your Home: By attending events, you can make USF St. Petersburg campus feel like home in no time. It is our hope that you feel like you truly belong here starting during your very first week at USF St. Petersburg campus. 
  • Get Involved: If you aren’t quite sure which of the many student organizations are right for you, The Network is a great place to start! You can start to experience what USF St. Petersburg campus has to offer by getting involved with a variety of campus activities and making connections with both new and returning students.
  • Join the Network 

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