Ask Ima Bull

Ask Ima Bull


My student will be starting USF in the Fall and she has heard about CampU.  What is CampU and why is it beneficial to my student? 

Camp Who? CampU!

CampU is a 3-day, 2-night off-campus experience that will prepare you for your first-year at the University of South Florida! During CampU, you will have the opportunity to build new friendships with other new students, learn all about USF history and traditions, explore your personal strengths, and discover ways to get involved on campus. Join New Student Connections for the adventure of a lifetime,and discover what it means to be a part of the Bull family!

CampU is filled with funinteractive, and social activities rooted in the 4 pillars of the program:



 The purpose of CampU is to provide you with the opportunity to establish meaningful friendships, discover USF history and traditions, explore personal strengths,and develop a sense of purpose.

At CampU, you will:

  • Race to victory in the 1956 Olympics while learning USF history and traditions
  • Be sorted into a Spirit Team and learn chants rooted in CampU's legacy
  • Play volleyball in the sand and canoe with friends on the Manatee River
  • Make s'mores around the campfire after sundown
  • Make connections with your peers, current USF students, and staff members
  • Gain greater confidence in your ability to excel at USF
  • Enhance your Bull spirit and USF pride
  • Explore your natural talents, skills, and strengths
  • Discover what it means to be a leader at USF
  • Advance your understanding of diversity at USF, and globally

When and where is CampU held?

CampU takes place before classes begin in August on the following dates:

August 16-18, 2015*
The preferred location for CampU is the DaySpring Conference Center in Ellenton, FL. Hosting CampU at an off-site location provides students with an exciting, intimate experience. All participants, staff and CampU Counselors travel to CampU together.Transportation is provided by New Student Connections and included in the registration fee.

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, only one session of CampU will be offered in 2015.

How much does CampU cost?

Registration Fee:

The $150 non-refundable registration fee covers a student's cost for the entire CampU experience. To ensure we can offer the lowest price possible, we can only accept registration with payment. Students will not be able to reserve a spot until payment is received. Click here for a list of what the registration fee includes.

Financial Assistance:

Through the generosity of the USF community, there are a limited number of financial assistance opportunities available to students who wish to attend CampU. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is Friday, June 19, 2015. Students who receive financial assistance will be notified the week of June 29th. Please note: We can only accept registration with payment. You will not be able to reserve your spot until payment is received, or financial assistance is awarded. For more information on how to apply, please visit the USF Alumni Association websiteor contact Tyrone Gray attgray@usf.edu or (813) 974-1936.

I'm Ready to Go! How Do I Sign Up?!

Registration for CampU 2015 will open on May 1, 2015Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited space is available, so students should not delay!

If you have additional questions, or cannot find the answer you are looking for, please contact Lauren Gress lgress@usf.edu at or (813) 974-1878.


This semester is flying past and my student is already worried about exams. What is the best way for me to support him/her?

Remain encouraging with motivational messages.  Get creative by sending a text, a picture, a card, an email, or a Facebook post.  Positive reinforcement will get you farther than pressured reminders.  A simple "You got this!" and "I'm proud of you!" makes a big difference. Understand that finals week may not be the time for long conversations, don't get offended if they don't reach out as often as usual. If advice is asked for, you can:

Many extra resources to improve studying and decrease stress are offered close to finals week.  Suggest your student check out the special support provided in the Marshall Student Center or through the Counseling Center.


I've always been the one taking care of my students medical care.  Now that they are at USF, where can they go if they aren't feeling well?

Student Health Services is your student's on campus medical clinic. Our physicians are here to answer the call, so you do not need to worry. All of the SHS medical staff are licensed and appropriately trained to work with college age adults. 

There are some pretty cool reasons your student should get to know Student Health Services:

If your student does call you when they are feeling sick, you can feel a sense of ease when suggesting they call for an appointment at Student Health Services. For more information, contact Student Health services at (813) 974-2331 or visit www.shs.usf.edu.


I'm worried that my student is not involved in campus life. When I ask him/her about their involvement they say there is nothing to do.  What are some good options for them to become more involved?

With over 600 student organizations on campus, there is always something to do. USF is dedicated to offering a robust campus life for our students. Encourage your student to attend events to have fun, make memories, and explore their interests. Even better, recommend they choose upcoming lecturers, plan community service projects, or coordinate social activities by joining one of the programming committees. Suggest they visit New Student Connections to find out ways to become involved. From Campus Recreation activities such as backpacking trips to community involvement through the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement to Bulls Nite Out hosted by the Center for Student Involvement, the opportunities are limitless. Remind them to check-out the online list of student organizations. Learn more.


I am worried that my student doesn't take care of themselves at college. Does USF educate the students on wellness and being proactive with their health?

Here at USF, the health and well-being of our students is a priority.  Encourage your student to visit the Wellness Center in the Marshall Student Center (Room 1504). The Wellness Center is their "One-Stop Shop to Well-Being."  At the Wellness Center, they can meet with a registered dietitian, get a blood pressure screening, check their height, weight and BMI, and gather information on a variety of health and wellness topics.  The goal is to help the student adopt a balanced lifestyle. The Wellness Center can help connect the student with professionals who support different aspects of their well-being by putting them in touch with members of the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and Campus Recreation. Learn more.


The holidays are approaching and I am excited about my student coming home. I want to maximize my time with him but I also want to respect his independence. What is the best way to balance the two?

Coming home for their first big holiday after being away at school is very exciting and a bit daunting for the student and the family. You want to spend all your time with them but they will also want to see high school friends, sleep and relax.  As you are getting ready for the holidays, talk to your student about plans you have in mind, family activities you would like for them to be at, and ask them about any plans they may want to make on their own. The key is to keep the lines of communication open!


I've heard a lot about Family & Friends Weekend. What is Family & Friends Weekend?

Family & Friends Weekend is a great opportunity for you to make a return visit to the campus, probably your first visit since your student started college. Your student will have had time to get settled and they will be ready to show their campus off to you.  The weekend is full of great events for your family to do with your student. You'll even have the freedom to choose the activities that most interest your family. For more information about Family & Friends Weekend, click here.

Do you have a question for Ima Bull?  If so, send your question to Jessica at jmmorgan@usf.edu. Check back often for postings of new questions.