Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time of Freedom Maybe, but Not Free Time

The last thirteen years you more than likely have gone to school from eight to three Monday through Friday. Going to college is a little different. You can go to class Monday through Friday, Tuesday and Thursday, Monday Wednesday Friday, the weekend, or online. You can take all eight ams, all night classes, early afternoon classes, late afternoon classes, or spread them out all day long. Regardless of how you schedule your classes, you aren't in class thirty five hours a week like you were in high school. If you are like me, you like your life to work off a schedule. Even as a schedule orientated person, it was difficult for me to go from not having a lot of time to be responsible for to having a whole lot of time I was responsible for filling. It is tempting at first because you look at your class schedule and you realize you are out of class more than you are in class. Sleeping, eating, hanging out, napping, going to the pool, going to the beach, going to the flea market, watching T.V. crafting, spending hours at church and the BCM, social media, going home and talking on the phone are just a few of the things that I wanted to fill all of my free time. Reality hits real quick once you do this for a week or two. Even though you are not in class you should study two hours for every hour of class, and that does not include homework. Being apart of clubs and organizations that will help you in your career path, volunteering, shadowing, sleeping and eating also feel in that time you aren't in class. As you add all this up all the stuff I wanted to take up my free time decreased greatly on my list of priorities. Don't get me wrong, there is still time to have fun and do things you enjoy but there are some days that is feels like there are not enough hours in a week. My advise is to make a list of priorities ( if class isn't at the top then you might want to reevaluate your values because that is why you are here) and make a list of your class schedule. Start filling in your "free spaces" with your priorities starting at the top and when you run out of free time then you have to knock off some of the ones lower on the list. It is definitely okay to change priorities from week to week so you can squeeze everything in. Just don't get so excited about all your "free time" that you forget about what is important. You can also make your schedule flexible. Sometimes you realize work needs to come before clubs and sometimes you notice you need to take off work to attend these clubs so you will see there will be a lot of compromise between your priorities. Again, if you are like me if you allow too much flexibility to your schedule you will notice your priorities getting out of line.  It is all about having a healthy balance.

Here is a small example of what my week might look like( this is a rough example I through together really quickly)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Football!!! Go Jags!

As most of you know, there is a football game coming up that is kind of a big deal. The South vs. State game has got the whole campus buzzing. In honer of this big game, I would like to share one of my favorite experiences at a South Alabama football game. It was last year's homecoming. I loved the environment, the food, the people, and everything about that day; except for maybe the weather- it was raining. Some friends and I got all dressed up in our red, white, blue, and jaguar print and drove to the stadium a few hours before the game started. Everyone was tailgating- some people even brought their campers. There were tents every where and underneath all those tents was food! Some guy was boiling the biggest shrimp I have ever seen. It was so yummy. People were taking lots of pictures. Pictures with the huge shrimp and pictures with people they didn't even know. Everyone was just so pumped up, and we were not going to let the rain stop us or get us down. There was even several trucks with tons of people in the back of them throwing red, white, and blue beads at everyone. Going to sporting events is a great way to support your school. I heave a feeling the University of South Alabama will definitely be supported by the attendance of the South and State game this weekend. Go Jags! And beat MSU!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Big Transition

When I was a senior in high school,  had my acceptance letters in hand, and knew which college I was going to attend, I never thought about going to college as a huge life-changing transition. I was too busy rushing my senior year away and decorating my dorm on pinterest. I was so ready to be done with high school--- I had senioritits bad! I also never really looked at is at a big thing because its just what you did after high school. Going to college was just the next step in life. You go to second grade after you are done with first and you go to college after you are done with high school. It was not until I got to South,  that I realized how big of a transition it really was. I had a realization that I will go home to visit, but that I would never LIVE at my house again. Mobile is my home and now and once I am done here I will have my own place. That realization was a little hard to take in but it is just part of growing up. This transition is still going on in my life as I am now living in an apartment. It is all so new to me. This transition was a good thing. It caused me to grow up and I am continuing to learn new things about myself and the 'real' world around me everyday. Some other things I had to overcome in this transition were things such as learning how to study, going outside of my comfort zone, and scheduling my own time. In high school, it was so easy. I never had to study and still made straight A's. In college that is not an option. I had to learn how to study because I had never had to do it before. Each class requires a different method of studying and figuring out which methods worked best for me was challenging at first. I am also, until I get to know you, a really shy person. I came to South by myself and had know friends down here. I had to show a little of my outgoing side to complete strangers (which was really hard for me) for me to be able to make some friends. One of the last big things that I had to battle was my schedule. In high school I went to school from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, went to work from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and went home, did some home work, and went to bed. This was Monday through Friday.College is so different and you have random time slots your free and different days and it is just really hard for me to have a consistent schedule. My goal in telling you all of this is not to scare you guys out of college but to help you mentally prepare for what is a head. The more prepared you are the easier the transition will be!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hey Y'all!

My name is Ellisa Long. Its pronounced like Melissa... but without the 'm'. I know it's spelled weird but my dad's name is Ellis so they added an 'a' to then end and 'tada' there's my name. So anyways... I am a sophomore at the University of South Alabama and I also work as a Jag Guide on campus. My job is to basically get future students up to date with information pertaining to the University, answer any questions they may have, and let them know what they need to do in order to become a Jag! I am from Huntsville Alabama which is about a six hour drive from Mobile. It's quite a stretch, but it is totally worth it! I graduated from Grissom High School in 2013 and plan to graduate from South in 2017! I am majoring Professional Health Sciences while on the Pre Occupational Therapy track as well! I hope to get in to Occupational Therapy School here at South after I graduate! Other than being a full time student and Jag Guide I am really involved with the Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) and I am on their leadership team. I am also Vice President for the Pre Occupational Therapy Club and I am really involved with Moffet Road Baptist Church which is a local church here in Mobile. As you can see I stay pretty busy. If you guys ever need anything or have any questions please feel free to look me up on Facebook (Ellisa JagGuide) and ask away!

Go Jags!!