i've had a long and sordid history with this university. maybe 15 years ago, i attended a class here, (i don't exactly remember the circumstances) as part of a children's outreach sort of thing. (crayons and construction paper were used). both of my two older brothers have been to and graduated from the University of South Florida. and since then, they've both become spectacular successes in their fields. (one works in city government and plans the growth of metropolises, the other aspires to nothing and henceforth goes nowhere... both are successes, mind you) for a whole year (2001-2002), i lived across the street from this university, while not actually attending it. i went through many horrors and ecstasies on USF's doorstep, and did everything but be a student there. i spent time in the library, roamed the campus for political or random personal reasons, spent money, met people, did drugs, and lived the complete college lifestyle, without ever going to a single class. AND NOW........ i have nearly completed my Associates Degree, and i have applied to the University of South Florida. I've already been accepted for on-campus housing (which saves me thousands of $$$), and i'm just waiting to hear back from the admissions office... it should happen next week. but let me really outline the significance of this. until maybe last year, i saw no future for myself, and i didn't care about anything except having enough drugs. i am very serious about this. my acceptance to this university represents the biggest step i've ever made, yet in my life. it means the next few years of my life are planned out, and furthermore, i see my future shaping up, and it looks GOOD. i am hoping you can feel how important this is to me. i'm turning a corner on the road to recovery here... just thought i'd share it with you USF anyone???