Daniel Goodson

Daniel Goodson

Daniel Goodson is a Content Developer for USF’s Office of Innovative Education. He enjoys helping students and their families streamline the college application process by sharing new trends that impact outreach, applying, and admissions.

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How to Choose a College Major for My Career Path

If you’re like many students making post-high school plans, you’re probably agonizing over how to choose a college major. You face a dizzying number of choices, your family keeps pestering you, and you’re not entirely certain how the degree will lead to a career you love. But here’s some good news: Your major won’t necessarily dictate your career success or future happiness.

Benefits of Dual Enrollment

If you’re considering dual enrollment classes, you’re probably aware of some of the immediate rewards, such as an early dive into college-level academics and the chance to tackle topics you won’t explore in high school. But the benefits of dual enrollment classes extend well beyond high school. Taking dual enrollment classes supports your undergraduate degree, graduate studies, career, and more.

Why Rankings for the Best Public Universities Matter

The University of South Florida has once again been named one of the top 50 best public universities in America by U.S. News and World Report for 2021. Over the past 10 years, USF has dramatically risen in the rankings from No. 181 to No. 46 today, marking an unparalleled trajectory among public or private universities in the United States. This is the second consecutive year USF has ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation.

National Merit Scholars at USF: A Parent Perspective

Before Chris came to visit the University of South Florida with his son, a National Merit Scholar, he admitted he was hesitant: “I was skeptical of this place. Just not knowing anything about it.” Chris and his family are from Rochester, Minn., about 1,500 miles away, so it’s no surprise that the University of South Florida wasn’t on the family’s radar.

Spring Semester Tips for High School Juniors

The spring semester of your junior year of high school can feel anticlimactic: You’re stuck somewhere in the middle of high school, the novelty has faded, and the urgency of your senior year hasn’t hit yet. A long summer still separates you from any important decisions, right?

Start College Applications with These Simple Tips

Let’s face it, the process to even start college applications can be intimidating and stressful. You need to gather documents, write about yourself, and complete what seems like a series of never-ending applications that grows longer with every page you complete. At the end of all your hard work, your only reward may be a cold “thanks but no thanks” letter. When you look at it all at once, it can paralyze you with fear and uncertainty.

What to Bring to College: Packing for Success

Starting college can be a daunting experience. You’ll find yourself juggling a whole new routine in a strange place surrounded by people you don’t know. The adjustment period can be particularly difficult if you’re living on campus, which presents its own set of challenges. That’s why it’s so important to get off to a good start by carefully planning those things you can control. And at the top of the list is what to bring to college. We teamed up with USF Housing & Residential Education to make your move-in day as easy as possible.

How to Earn College Credits in High School

With all the talk surrounding increased college costs and excessive student loan debt, it’s no surprise so many students are looking for ways to cut their degree expenses. One way you can decrease expenses is to get a head start on classes by earning college credits in high school. Discover how to earn college credits in high school with specific tests and programs that may be available to you. 

Valuable Life Skills Learned in College

Your higher education curriculum doesn’t end when you leave the class and shut the textbook. In fact, some of your most important life lessons come after the college lecture ends. Nobody will be looking over your shoulder to make sure you finish your homework, eat right, and get enough sleep. You’re on your own, and all your victories and defeats fall squarely on your shoulders. That can seem scary at first, but there are numerous valuable life skills learned in college that will prepare you for your transition to a career.

What Are College Entrance Exams?

Chances are, you’re familiar with the most common college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT. What you may be less sure about is the real purpose behind these high-pressure, timed tests. Contrary to popular belief, most college entrance exams are not designed to test how well you absorbed your classroom lessons. Though some do, they’re mainly a supplement to another aptitude test. So, what are college entrance exams? Most of them are tests designed to predict your potential for performing well in a college classroom.

Benefits of Pre-College for High School Students

Whether you’ve planned out your entire college career or you’re still struggling to even see yourself in a lecture hall, the benefits of pre-college for high school students should not be overlooked. These summer programs offer you the chance to explore and experience college life in person.

Important PSAT Information You Need to Know

Although it’s technically true that the PSAT doesn’t directly influence your future college admissions decisions, there’s still some important PSAT information you need to know. With the scholarship and practice opportunities this test provides, it can play a big role in where you eventually end up.

When Is the Right Time to Apply to College?

If you’re trying to decide when it is the right time to start applying to college, it’s best to remember that your application process really starts before you ever begin filling out those forms and submitting documents. This is a process that can take significant amounts of time and research. It starts when you first look at colleges and explore your options.

Top 5 College Fair Tips

College fairs give you a great opportunity to learn about a wide variety of schools directly from school representatives, but you don’t want to stumble in unprepared. Use our top 5 college fair tips below to make the most of your day at these events.


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