Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Secret to Success

Everybody strives to be successful. The definition of success varies from person to person. So I can not sit here and tell you how to be successful because your definition of success probably looks a lot different than mine. To know what your individual definition of success is, you must ask yourself "What is my purpose?" For me, my purpose is to love God and to love others. I have had a successful day if I have done these things well.  If  at the end of the day I look back and see that I have failed to do those things, I have not fulfilled my purpose. Sure, I want to make good grades, have a nice career, make decent money, and raise a loving family; but all of those things will fall into place as long as I am fulfilling my purpose.

 All of the responsibilities life throws our way can be a lot to handle. Everyone always wants to know how to balance it all. Of course by me saying I must love God and love others to be successful is not me saying I can slack in class, work, or other responsibilities. I have to find a healthy balance. I must prioritize. If I am prioritizing loving God as my number one in life, then my school, work, and other responsibilities will directly be affected. I must do well in all of those things to bring glory to Him. The moment I allow myself to become distracted and put other things above that is the moment all of my responsibilities in life are negatively affected.

So what is my secret to success? Love God and love others. Everything else will fall into place.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

It's Fall Y'all!

Warm colors, boots, sweaters, scarves, football, pumpkins, pretty leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes...I love it all! I love the fall!

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the colors, the smells, the flavors... I love everything that comes with the fall season. One of the perks about being a student at the University of South Alabama in the Fall is going to Ladd Peebles Stadium and watching the Jaguars play ball! This fall has been extra exciting. The season has just started and we have won three games. One of which was against Mississippi State. The other two wins were at our very own Ladd Peebles. One of those wins knocked the number 19 team off the ranking with a score of 42-24. When you are a student at South you get free admission to home football games! I like to get there early and tailgate with my friends and walk around to the other tents, like the bookstore tent. There is usually a big game that happens at the end of every October where a ton of vendors set up tents and give away free things and free food! Once the tailgating ends and it is time to enter the stadium, students are given either a pompom or a rally rag. It's fun to shake these to cheer on our jags while we sing our fight song or scream "That's another South Alabama first down!" There are many perks of the fall but one of my favorites is South Alabama football!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Next?

All my high school seniors out there, you are less than a year away from starting the next chapter in your life! Before I tell you a few things you should be doing since you are a senior in high school, I want to encourage you to enjoy your senior year. With senior year comes a lot of festivities, pictures, parties, picnics, practices, and many more. Enjoy these things and do not rush your senior year, because you will not get it back. Enjoy the last months with your family, the friends you've grown up with, high school traditions, wearing your high school colors, cheering loud at the Friday night football games, and just being a kid. Now, let's talk about some things you should be doing:

  1. Deadlines are coming up quick, so if you have not already done so make those last minute college decisions. Where are you going to apply? Most colleges have deadlines for admissions or scholarships (South's priority deadline for scholarship is December 1). Be sure you are aware of these deadlines and apply before they sneak up on you. At this point you do not have to know where you are going to college, just have a few narrowed down that you are interested in apply to.
  2. Apply for admission! An application does not lock you down or commit you to a college. To apply to South visit our admissions website at and click on the undergraduate application. There are no essays or recommendations and the online fee is only $35.
  3. Raise your test scores! It never hurts to take the ACT or SAT one more time to see if you can get a higher score. A higher score may mean a higher amount of scholarship. Scholarships at South start at an ACT of 23 with a GPA of 3.0.
  4. Apply or scholarships! No matter how small they are, every little bit helps! Visit our JagSpot Portal to see which scholarships you may qualify for!
  5. Visit Campus. To Schedule a campus visit at South go to Also, check out our USA Days! We have one coming up on October 15.
  6. Apply for housing. Once you have been accepted you will need to decide where you are going to live.
  7. Send out graduations invitations! Your family and friends are proud of you and want to support you on your big day as you walk across that stage. If you have some aunts and uncles who can't come they will feel really bad and probably send you a loaded envelope and trust me when you are in college, you will kiss every penny someone blesses you with!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Since my major is Profession Health Science with a concentration in Management, the majority of my courses fall under those categories. I finished up all of my health related courses prior to my senior year so now I am mainly working through my management courses. You are probably wondering what ceramics has to do with either of these things. While I love my major courses, sometimes they can get a little stressful at times. As a pre-requisite for Occupational Therapy School, I was required to take an applied art. I chose ceramics. This course was one of the most time-consuming and demanding classes. I spent hours outside of the actual class time to work on my projects. You may ask why a time-consuming and demanding class is one of my favorites. Although its was demanding, ceramics was way more rewarding. It allowed my mind to rest from stressing over my academic classes, it allowed me to work hands-on with what I was learning, and was very therapeutic as it allowed me to express myself. In the end I learned to express myself in a way I have not expressed myself before and I left the class with many beautiful pieces of artwork that I am very proud of.  

Thursday, April 21, 2016

An Open Letter to My Lack of Motivation

It is the end of April which means most of you high school senior will be graduating in less than a month!!! How crazy is that? Can you believe that the time has flown by and you are here already? I know for me, Senior year felt like a blink. I also know that the weeks following Spring break and up until graduation I lost all motivation to school. Hang in there and do not give up! Here are a couple of ways you can try to avoid senioritis and regain motivation.

1. The college or University you have selected to attend will receive your transcript after graduation. So do not slack off thinking that your grades through Junior year are the only ones that matter. Universities still have the right to deny your acceptance and/or no longer award you the scholarship money you were banking on if you no longer meet their requirements after you graduate.

2. You hear all the time people say, "Finish Strong". You are close to one finish line in your life there are still many races left so if you loose all motivation now, what will you have left to be able to finish college. So instead of looking at graduation as an end, look at it as the beginning!

3. Lack of motivation is more stressful than it is to keep pushing through. It is way more stressful to receive that bad grade than it is to spend time studying for the test.

4. You will be much prouder of yourself. If you walk across that stage knowing you never stopped trying and you gave it your all up and into that very moment. You will feel so accomplished and you and everyone else who sees your hard work will know that you truly deserve that diploma.

I know this last month of school is tough, but don't give up!. Do not give into your lack of motivation, and do not be just another statistic who falls into a bad case of senioritis!

~ Good luck and Go Jags! ~

Thursday, April 14, 2016

We Are South!

Most schools have a brand or a creed that unites them. South's new brand is We Are South. It is who we are as a University, who we are as a student body, who we are academically, who we are athletically, it is who we are as a whole and it just makes since. I am excited about this new brand because we are such a diverse campus and I believe this brand will really bring us together as a family. We are already family here at South and already have so much school pride and spirit but having a brand will unite us more and increase our level of school spirit. This brand gives every student and faculty member here something to belong to and something to cling to. Here at South we are proud to wear red, white, and blue. We are proud to throw our Js up. We are proud to say "We Are South". I am also excited to see what We Are South does for the school in the future.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Decisions, decisions...

Ok, so I am the world's worst at making decisions. Where do you want to eat, what do you want to wear? I don't know!! These are some of the questions I get asked on the daily and even though they are such simple questions I have the hardest time answering them. When it comes to decisions that actually matter, it is even harder because they actually matter. I have had to make many hard decisions while being in college. It has made me grow a lot though. I am an adult now and my mom is not there to make my decisions for me. I have to be willing to make the right decision and be able to handle the consequences whether they are good or bad. Sometimes it is not that I do not have the will power to make the right decision, it is determining which decision is the right one to make that is the struggle for me. The hardest decision I have made while being at South is one that kind of determines why I am here. My major.

Before I got to South I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life but I was wrong. So when I got here I had no idea what I was supposed to do. It was a really hard decision a very important life-altering one at that. It was a hard and confusing process but it has been so worth it. I have enjoyed my major so much and I have learned so much. My next big step in life is graduating and getting into occupational therapy school!