By Lis Casanova
WATCH OUT: Even if you’ve been living under a rock, you probably still know about the total eclipse — it’s only the biggest astronomical event in our lifetimes. For those of us who can’t head north to the main viewing sites, Floridians will still get to see a portion of the eclipse. Join in on the Great American Solar Eclipse Viewing Party happening from 1–4 p.m. at Harbor Walk. First 50 guests will receive solar glasses.
PUPS & POPS: Feeling the first-day-of-class stress yet? Fear not because puppies are coming to your rescue. You read right, Puppies And Popsicles from 1–4 p.m. outside the University Student Center.
POOLSIDE: As college students, it’s important to reward ourselves for things we accomplish, and getting through those first days of classes is definitely “treat yo’ self” worthy. On Monday, head over to the Island Party at the Coquina Pool from 8–11 p.m. There will be food, music and plenty of friends-to-be, PLUS, 200 “Pete Points.”
DIY: Got time on your hands? If so, get them crafting with these two, back-to-back events. The first, WOW DIY, from 11–2 p.m. at The Reef, will be showing how to put patches on backpacks, make aromatherapy jars and how to create spray can art for your room.
Then, Come Grow With Us, from 2–4 p.m. outside of the Student Life Center, where you can paint a garden pot of your choice while learning about Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed fraternity focused on leadership, friendship and service.
SPORTS: How’s your volleyball skills? Join the campus Beach Volleyball Club! USFSP Beach Volleyball will be sharing information on the club and their upcoming tryouts from 11–1 p.m. at the USC Courts. P.S., There will be ice cream. Looking for something more mild but still a bit wild? Try the 4 Square Open Court and Tournament at 6 p.m. outside of the USC. Play for fun or for cash prizes.
GAMES: It’s the second day of classes and you’re feeling a little bit more confident, but are you feelin’ lucky? If so, seize the opportunity and head over to Casino Night from 8–10 p.m. at the USC Ballroom. Try your hand at Blackjack, Texas Hold’em or whatever else. Prizes will be awarded.
DIY: Beat the Hump Day humdrum with some leisurely crafting. DIY Bookmark will be available all day, from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.
ACTIVISM: Getting a college degree is empowering, so why not use that empowerment to change things that are socially unjust? Join Ignite The Change from 2–4 p.m. on the lawn outside of the USC. Hosted by Ignite, the social justice immersion program, the organization hopes to educate students in advocacy, activism and how to impact change.
SPORTS: Spikeball sounds more dangerous that it is, but it’s definitely worth a shot. Join Spikeball Training and Tournament at 6 p.m. outside the USC to learn the rules of the game or, if you already know how to play, a tournament to win a cash prize.
MEET N’ GREET: Get on Board Day happens at the start of every semester and it’s perhaps the most important career building social on campus. Explore more than 100 student organizations and departments from 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. along Harbor Walk.
If you’re looking to get involved, build your resume or join an extracurricular, this is the place to be. And, once you’re done checking that out, go have some fun with the Get on Board Day Excursion, 1–4 p.m. on Harbor Lawn. There will be kayak rides, sailboats and more!
MATH JAM: Are you a math wiz? Join the Math Club, or at least check them out at their Ice Cream Social, from 4–5 p.m. at the USC Ballroom One.
SOCIAL: Week of Welcome has no shortage of ice cream, but this event bumps it up a notch by adding in some root beer to the mix. Stop by what is basically a DIY Root Beer Float party, officially named Root Beer Keg and Ice Cream Party, at 5 p.m. outside the USC and meet all the new faces.
GAMES: Finish off your night with the Fast Cash Game Show, from 7–10 p.m. in the USC Ballroom two and three. The game will imitate other games, such as “Minute to Win It” and “Jeopardy” so bring a sharp mind and some sharp, quick-thinking friends. Winning team is guaranteed a $200 cash prize.
BDAY: The USC is still pretty new —five years old on Friday to be exact. And of course, it’s getting a birthday party celebration. The USC’s 5th Birthday Celebration will take place from 11–2 p.m. on Harbor Walk and in the USC. There will be live music, Mini Golf, henna tattoos, a photo booth and plenty of snacks.
DIVE IN: So you got through your first week? “Treat yo’ self” and go watch a movie featuring the lovely Zac Efron. Dive In Movie: Neighbors 2 will be playing from 8–10:30 p.m. at Coquina Pool. So yes, you get to swim around, watch a movie, eat pizza, popcorn, candy and drinks —this is college, after all.
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