Thursday, February 4, 2016

We Live and We Learn.

You learn lots of things in college. It is definitely one of the biggest transitions that I have experienced it my life! Here is a list of things that college has taught me so far:
  1. I have learned (and I am still learning this one) that you can not study the same way for every class. In high school I did not really study, I did not have to. I naturally made good grades. When I got to college I had a wake-up call. Every professor is different. They lecture differently, the test differently, therefore you have to study differently for each class. Figuring out how to study for each class is not always the easiest thing to do either.
  2. I love sleep. In high school I did not really get an opportunity to sleep in or take naps. I had to wake up early every morning for school on the weekdays and work and church on the weekends. I usually closed on the weekdays so even after getting home late after work I still had home work to do. Coming to college and having so much free time has taught me my love for sleep. If I have no class or work sometimes I would rather sleep than go hangout.
  3. I love board games. In high school we would occasionally play games at family reunions or slumber parties but I did not realize my true love for them until college. You can bet if you make plans to hang out with me or me come over I going to have or will bring a board game!
  4. To be more financially stable. In high school I was almost completely dependent on my parents financially. Now in college I have a car payment, I have to pay for food, gas, and anything else I need or want. This has come with some huge financial responsibility.
  5. I do not like confrontation. In college you don't have your parents to fix all of your problems. Especially if you have a roommate, confrontation has to be made because communication is key in any relationship.
  6. I really love college but I really miss home. When I was a senior I was so ready to get out of Huntsville. Now that I am in College, I wouldn't change where I was at for anything but I do have a greater respect for my hometown than I ever have.
  7. If you do not balance your time you will fail. With so much free time on your hands you have plenty of time to procrastinate  well this is what it seems like. If you aren't careful you can really mess up.
  8. I don't like saying no but you can't say yes to everything. I love having a full schedule but sometimes I stretch myself too thin by committing to too many things.
  9. How to lose the freshman forty. That's right, 40. You may have heard of the freshman 15 but I managed to gain to 40 pounds. I real quickly learned how to manage weekly gym time into my schedule.
  10. Finally, I value deep friendships. Some of the friendships I have made at college are already way deeper than the ones I've been building for years back at home. I have made friendships here in college that I know will last a life time!
I hope my list of things I learned in college did not scare you too bad, but instead made you more excited about coming to college than you already were!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's Begining to Look a Lot Like Winter!

Ok, so my title is kind of a lie, but this weeks topic is about winter in Mobile. While it really is winter time in Mobile, the winter here may look (and feel) a lot differently than the winter you are used to. I am from North Alabama so I was used to a four month winter of really cold temperatures. Moving to Mobile was a little bit of a culture shock, but I love it! I am not a fan of the cold weather so Mobile winter is the perfect winter for me! This past year I took a beach trip in November and another one in December right before I went home for Christmas break. Another plus to the warmer winters is that the pool at my apartment has not closed once. It pretty much stays open all year long, which I love! I don't want to fool you. It is not 75 degrees all year round. In late November and early December it was in the mid 60s. It didn't really start getting cold until we came back from Christmas break, but it's starting to warm up again. This weekend it is supposed to be sunny and in the high 60s. What is this weather perfect for? Hammocking! If you do not own a hammock, its a must for your graduation wish-list!  There are many beautiful spots on campus to hang your hammock. You canstudy, read a book, listen to music, or (my favorite) take a nap! If you are wanting to get off campus there are several beautiful parks in Mobile or you could even take a short drive to the bay.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Reason I Did Not Make a New Year's Resolution

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas break! It is a new year and a new semester which means, Seniors, you are one semester away from graduation! You always hear people saying "With a new year, there's a new you". Everyone goes diet crazy and makes wild goals that they know they will probably never meet but it's a new year so, why not? I usually make New Year's Resolutions but this year I decided to look at life a little bit differently. Too many times when people make goals (don't get me wrong, goals are excellent to set) they are only focused on the outcome of the goal instead of the journey leading up to the outcome. I decided that I did not want to live that way this year. I do not want to rush myself to an end goal. Instead, I want to enjoy the journey to a healthier lifestyle (and I do not just mean with diet and exercise). I plan to enjoy time grocery shopping and cooking healthier with family and friends, maintain healthier relationships with people, make wiser financial decisions, and I plan to start, maintain, and finish this semester strong, I think resolutions make us lose the sight of the journey and put too much focus on the destination. Yes, meeting the goals you set for yourself is always so exhilarating and fulfilling, but instead of just being fulfilled at the end of meeting my goal, I want to focus on being satisfied with the enjoyment of life every step of the way.





Thursday, December 3, 2015

Finals

It is currently 3 days before finals. Wow, I did not realize how close finals week was until I just wrote that out. Finals week is probably one of the most stressful weeks you will experience in college. I do not say that to scare you but I say that to prepare you. Here are some ways I prepare myself. Two weeks before finals is the week I allow myself to have as many plans that my schedule will allow because I know the next two weeks of my life will be spent at the library. One week out is the week I use to catch up in all of my classes whether that be some homework or reading that I have gotten behind on, or extra credit assignments to boost my grade before finals. This is the week I start preparing how and what I am going to study. The week before finals week always feels like cram week because you have to do everything you normally do in a week on top of all the stuff your teachers cram in that week because they realize that is the last time they will have you before finals, on top of beginning to study for finals. It is the weekend before that I get real serious about studying. Here is some advice on what to do when studying. Don't make plans. All of your friends should be studying too so just don't do it. Drink lots of coffee. You will be loosing a lot of sleep hours during this time and coffee becomes your friend. Don't study in your room. Studying in your room creates a temptation to lay in bed. Put your phone away. Only look at it when you are on study breaks. Allow yourself breaks. Go take a walk or a nap. Exercise. This allows your brain to get more oxygen, it gives you more energy, and it just makes you feel good. These are just some little tips I have for studying for finals and preparing myself for that time. They may not work for you, but they have helped me out a lot. Find what study techniques work for you, and good luck!    

Thursday, November 19, 2015

What is my Major?

Professional Health Sciences (PHS) with a Concentration in Management and an attribute to Occupational Therapy (OT). It is a mouth full, so let me break it down for you.  PHS is a basically a general health care track. It exposes you to a little bit of everything so that you are well rounded and educated on the basics of every area in the healthcare field. I do not want to spend the rest of my life in management in health care but I wanted to have a back up plan. My ultimate goal is to get into OT school after I graduate and make Occupational Therapy
my lifelong career. I have a passion for kids with special needs and it excites me to know that one day I will be helping children with disabilities live a more independent life. However, OT school is very competitive and as much as I want to get in the first time I apply, I have to think realistically and have a plan B. You can have whatever under graduate major that you want in order to get in to the program as long as you meet the prerequisites. I had three things in mind when picking my undergraduate major: what lines up really well with the prereqs, what will I enjoy, and what will get me a job. PHS fulfills all of these. Almost all of the prereqs for OT school are requirements for PHS and the ones that are not requirements can fulfill the elective courses I need for PHS. I enjoy learning about things in the health field because that is where I will be spending the rest of my life. It allows me to come straight out of college with a decent paying job if I do not get in to OT school the first time I apply and I need some time to build my resume.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Growing Through Life

 
Since being at South, I have grown so much as a person in many different ways. I have grown mentally, socially, spiritually, and unfortunately physically. But all jokes aside, coming to college has been so beneficial to my growth. It has given me a chance to become me. My parents have taught me right from wrong for 18 years and now it was my decision to respectfully decide what I thought was right and wrong for my own life. Most of the things my parents taught me I still live by but there are some things we did not see eye to eye on that I changed for myself. My schedule was no longer tentative to their lives. It became my own. I got to decide how I wanted to spend my time and where I wanted to spend it.

College is way different than high school in many areas. One of the biggest areas being academics. I never really had to study in high school. I just naturally made good grades. College is a different story. I am constantly getting challenged academically and having to figure out different ways to overcome those challenges. I came to South not knowing really anyone so I had the option to be a loner or branch out and make friends. Some of the friendships I have made here, I know will last a lifetime! Another thing that has been challenged in college has been my faith. Some people walk away from it and some people find it. For me, I grew so much stronger in my faith after coming to college.  And let's not forget the freshman 15. It happens to the best of us and yes it happened to me. Thankfully I was able to shed the extra weight I put on but I can honestly say I have grown in ALL areas of my life since coming to college.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Homecoming!


Most of you have probably already experienced homecoming week this year but for us here at South, this week is the week! It has been full of food, fun times, and spirit!! Junking the Jungle is a fun tradition where we roll the traffic circle. We also had a school-wide talent show and open mic night and dinner at the BCM.  Some people were laughed with, but most people were laughed at. It was a good time for everyone! Tonight at the student  center there is a fun fest that includes food, music, animals, games, and all sorts of things. Tomorrow night we have the parade/pep rally which are always a blast and then to finish it off tailgating before the homecoming game. Due to school and work I have not been able to participate in many of spirit-filled activities this week but I am excited to show my school spirit at the parade and wear my red, white, and blue and the game on Saturday. So, no we do not dress up like crazies for different things during the week like we did in high school, but if you though homecoming week in high school was fun just wait until you experience homecoming week on a whole new level at college.