Graduate Student Week of Welcome

Graduate Week of Welcome

Graduate Student Week of Welcome is a week-long celebration to welcome new and returning graduate students each fall and spring. Coordinated by the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS), this celebration features a series of events for Bulls to make lasting connections and have a successful start to their graduate careers. Welcome to USF!

All activities are open to all graduate students as we connect to engage by exchanging ideas, knowledge, and information. Please share this list of activities with other graduate students and visit the Office of New Student Connection's Week of Welcome (WOW) website to learn about other events provided for USF students on each campus.

Spring 2023 GradWOW Scheduled Events*
Date & Location Event

Monday, January 9, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (EDT)

Graduate Student Lounge (ALN 209)
Tampa Campus

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Coffee on the Go & Virtual Conversation

Stop by the Graduate Student Lounge (ALN 209) to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee and morning pastry sponsored by OGS and join us for a virtual conversation about graduate student life with the Dean and Campus Assistant Deans of Graduate Studies.
The virtual discussion will occur from 9 - 10 am for all campuses, and coffee will be available on the Tampa campus up until 11 AM.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Success in Graduate School Virtual Presentation

Graduate school is an exciting time! The opportunities and challenges you will find when navigating the intersection of coursework, degree requirements, and research, as well as exploring potential career trajectories, require strategy and intentionality.

These opportunities and challenges can create a mix of emotions, highlighting the importance of balancing school/work and life to facilitate success. We’ll discuss tools to help you succeed, including strategies and resources for establishing priorities, managing focus, and working time.  Ultimately, the best strategic planning, goal setting, and time management tips and tricks are the ones that you use.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)

Graduate Student Lounge (ALN 209) Tampa Campus

Graduate Students Afternoon Dessert Bites 

Join OGS and other graduate students for an afternoon treat with a savory taste of desserts designed to give you the energy for the remainder of the day.

Thursday, January 12, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Goal Setting for Graduate School Virtual Presentation

Being SMART will help you achieve success in the goal that is most important to you.  Join us for an interactive session in SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timebound) and SMARTER (+Evaluate +Readjust) goal setting.

We will discuss the mechanics of SMART(ER) goals and have ample opportunity to establish, in real-time, goals that will be achievable and help you succeed in 2023.

Friday, January 13, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM (EDT)

Graduate Student Lounge (ALN 209) Tampa Campus

Graduate Students Chat and Chew

Stop by the Graduate Student Lounge (ALN 209) to chat with members of the OGS staff to share how your first week of the semester is going and network with other graduate students. Light refreshments will be served.

*Events are tentative and subject to change
*All events are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time (EST)