Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring is in the Air

So spring is officially here!! That excites me greatly because Spring is my favorite season second to f
all. The weather is warmer, the flowers are blooming, the grass is greener, and overall the outside environment just becomes so happy. Another reason spring time excites me is because after spending most of my time indoors in efforts to stay out of the cold, I have cabin fever and I am ready to get OUTSIDE! Campus life seems to pick up a bit more as well! There are so many things to do!! This weekend one of the Sororities hosted a really fun event called Bump it like Beckham to raise money and awareness for abuse. I participated in this event and it was a really fun just spending time outside and getting to know people in other groups and organizations.  We got in huge inflatable balls and played soccer. I spent most of my time rolling around on the field because people kept bumping into me and I had a hard time staying on my feet. It was definitely a blast! Intramural sports are always a fun way to get involved on campus in the Spring. I hate working out. but with all the stress that comes with college exercising is necessary to stay healthy and to relieve some of that stress.  Last spring I played on an intramural softball team. We called ourselves the bench warmers. It was loads of fun and even though the further you get into your spring semester the heavy the school work load gets, I was able to use practice times and game times as a study break. Since we are only an hour away from the beach, the college group at my church likes to take short worship beach retreats. It is such a refreshing time to relax and have fun in the sun. Another fun campus event that comes every spring is Oozeball. This is a mud volley ball tournament and it is easily one of my most favorite things to do on campus in the spring. I can not wait to play again this year!!
Like I said before exercise is a necessity in college so I try to find fun ways to get moving. What is more fun than running a 5k while getting colored powder thrown all over you? You can always find a group or organization hosting a color run or some sort of 5k on campus to raise awareness and money for different charities and fundraisers. With all of the fun things offered on campus during the spring, you are sure to find something to get involved with and have fun!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

College is a Good Idea!

If someone asked me why they should go to college, what would I say? There are so many reasons you should go to college. Most careers in this day in age require at least a bachelor's degree, so if you plan on doing what you love the rest of your life, college is definitely a good way to get that started. Even if what you want to do does not require a college degree, I would still encourage you to go to college because it will make you more rounded as a person and better qualified for what ever job you are seeking. If you have know idea what you want to do with the rest of your life, start by going to college. You learn so much more about what the world has to offer and it is a great place to create networks.

For me, college has been an amazing experience! In the beginning, I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life but when I got here I was completely wrong. Being here has shown me what I love and have a passion for and what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. Coming to college is also a really great bridge that allows you to do some growing up. It is a lot more independent than high school, but you have a chance to grow up a little before you are thrown out into the real world. I have learned so much about myself while being in college that I do not think I would have had the chance to learn had I not gone to college. I have really grown as a person and I have made what I am certain will be life long friendships. Most people have that support and love from a group of close friends, but the reality is that most of them will go their own ways after graduation so coming to college allows you to create that support group of people who value the same things, are in the same classes, and that live life along side of you that you can carry with you throughout adulthood.  So if you are on the fence about whether or not to enroll in college, take my advice and really consider it. Believe me, you will not regret it and it will be worth while.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Things to Do Outside of Class

The University of South Alabama is a beautiful campus and has a lot of stuff to offer than just academic classes. The recreation center has so many different classes offered every day and night. The classes range anywhere from weight training and boxing to zumba and yoga. There are indoor and outdoor pools, indoor soccer field, rock climbing wall, and many more activities hosted by the rec center. Outdoor Adventures hosts things like moonlit canoeing trips. Student life and Jag Productions always have fun events planned on campus. The different residence halls and apartments also are always hosting fun events to be a part of. There are tons of clubs and organizations to invest your time in outside of class. South also has disc golf courses, ponds to fish out of, nature trails, and plenty of trees to hang a hammock up in. 

Mobile is a beautiful city filled with fun things to do. I am a nature girl and also a kid at heart so I enjoy going to the park with my friends. There are several beautiful parks around Mobile and some are even by the water. Mobile Swing is another place I like to spend my weekend evenings. It is really fun to get a group together and go swing dancing. Every restaurant and shopping place you can think of is in Mobile so those are places that get my free time as well. There is a movie theatre not far from campus and Jag Productions sells five dollar movie tickets to South Students. The list could go on and on but I will mention one more. If you are up for driving several miles outside of the city, THE BEACH is also a super fun way to spend time outside of class! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What's My Schedule?

One of the toughest things about being in college is maintaining a schedule. In high school it was so easy because you relatively had the same schedule everyday. For me it looked a little like this:
                                 Monday through Friday- 8am-3pm School
                                                                       - 4pm-10pm Work
                                                                       - 10pm-12am Home Work
As you can see there was never very much wiggle room in my weekday schedule. Now my schedule looks a little more like this:
                                Monday, Wednesday, Friday -9am -10am Class
                                                                               - 12pm-1pm Class
                                                                               - 3pm-7pm Work
                                Tuesday, Thursday                -9:30am-10:45am Class
                                                                               -12:30pm-1:45pm Class
This schedule has way more gaps in it. These gaps should be filled with studying, but sometimes that is hard to do because there are a lot of other things that sound way better than studying after being in class. Things that I find myself filling these gaps with include sleeping, eating, hanging out with friends,sleeping, going to every Bible study I can find, and did I mention sleeping?! You really have to ground yourself and make rules for yourself in order to get in the habit of using your time wisely while keeping in mind the number one reason you are here. You are here for an education, and just going to class will not cut it. They say for every hour you are in class you should study two hours.

If you struggle with filling your free time with things other than studying, my advice to you would be to make a schedule. Just like your class schedule is set in stone, make yourself a schedule that you have to follow. Allow yourself some fun time, but like I said before; keep in mind why you are here!                                      

Monday, February 16, 2015

Choosing a Major. Another Life Changing Decision?

If you are like me, you always have a plan. Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of being a veterinarian. I think that mostly had to do with the fact that puppies and kittens are cute and how cool would it be to get paid to play with them everyday for the rest of your life? In high school it was time to re evaluate because I realized animal care was not for me. I wanted to make an impact in people's lives, and while saving someone's pet could make a huge impact in their life, I felt that I wanted to do more. I became very interested in chemistry and decided that is what I would major in. I then realized with chemistry I could pursue a career in pharmacy. My major then became pre pharmacy. After taking AP Chemistry my senior year, I decided chemistry nor pharmacy were something I wanted to spend my college career studying. I then became an undecided and that scared me more than anything! Like I said, I always have a plan and the fact that the plan was now ruined really worried me. At this point I honestly did not know what I was going to do with my life. Luckily your freshman year, most majors have a majority of the same basic classes that you have to complete before you actually start getting into your major. That was reassuring knowing that I would not be wasting money or getting behind because I did not know what I wanted to major in. After coming to South, I was introduced to a newer major offered by the school, Professional Health Sciences. It is offered by the College of Allied Health. This major was perfect for me. I knew I ultimately wanted to be in the health field to have an opportunity to serve others  but did not necessarily know what career I wanted to pursue. Professional Health Science is a basic health major allowing the students studying with this major to venture all the different health professions. I was introduced to a career I had never heard about before. Occupational Therapy. This could not be any more perfect for me! It's in the health field, it would allow me to directly impact the lives of others, South happens to have the best Occupational therapy School in Alabama, and I would be able to use the heart I have for children with disabilities. So I am now on the Pre Occupational Therapy route, majoring in Professional Health Sciences with a concentration in management.

If you are a senior and you do not yet have a major or career in mind, do not freak out. You have time! In high school you do not really get the opportunity to see what all is out there. When you are actually in college you get exposed to majors and occupations you never knew about before or maybe you get introduced to a major you did not know you would be interested in but it turns out you are. With all the different people at South and clubs and organizations offered by South, I can almost guarantee you will find a major and a career before it is all said and done with! Good luck on your journey and have fun!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.

So you have applied to and been accepted by all the colleges you were interested in and little did you know, that was the easy part. Now its time decide which college you will be attending. That is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life.  It was for me, anyways.  It is the place where I would spend at least the next four years of my life, and probably more than that. I had applied and been accepted to my three top schools and I was completely torn between which one to attend. My dad and I decided to take a weekend and visit all three campuses. That weekend made it very clear to me as to which University I would choose. When I was at the first school, the campus was beautiful, but I just felt like I did not belong. The second school was a complete culture shock to me. I was kind of sad when that was the case because I had grown up cheering for their football team and my whole family expected me to go to the school. The third school we visited was the University of South Alabama. I fell in love! The campus was beautiful, the city had all my favorite stores, it was close to the beach, the buildings were pretty, the people were so friendly, and most importantly I felt at home. Everyone I met that day on campus were so welcoming and I had this feeling that we were family and I barely new their first names. That is how I made my decision, a single campus visit. Now, I know it is not that easy for every one and that I was blessed in that I got "a feeling inside", but if you are torn between colleges and you have not visited, do it! It makes a huge difference because had I not visited before I made my decision I would probably be sitting  in the room of the second school I visited and be regretting every second of it. Some more things that drew me to South was they offered me a really nice scholarship, the tuition is not a ridiculous price, they have a very wide variety of programs offered, well known professional programs and graduate schools, awesome graduation rates, the amazing rec center, clubs and organizations I am interested in, and being able to attend sporting events  for FREE! There is only one thing about South that I did not like and that is that it is six hours away from home. I miss my family, but attending this school is definitely worth the drive and the distance!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Advice for The First Day of School!

Since you are getting ready to start your college career in about six months, you are probably getting advice for college out of the wazhoo. Some maybe useful and some you could care less about. I promise I am about to give you some advice you really do not want to miss out on. 

1. Take a walking tour of campus. No matter how well you think you know the campus, you should probably tour your classroom buildings before the first day of class starts. This will help you know when you need to leave your dorm or wherever you are coming from. It will also help you figure out some shortcuts or easier way to get from one class to the next. It will allow you to go to class confidently on the first day because you know where you are going so you don't have that stress resting on your shoulders. 

2. Do NOT park anywhere other than your zone. You would think they would not ticket on the first day of classes. Oh, but they do! They ticket all day everyday So only park in your zone unless its the weekend or after 2. Also, only park in the blue spots after 5 pm.

3. Leave for class in a timely manner. The first day is when everyone claims their area so get there early to get a better chance of getting the seat you want. 

4. Always Always ALWAYS carry an umbrella in your backpack. In Mobile, it may be sunny without a cloud in the sky as you are walking to class and then from the time it takes you to sit down in your seat and look out the window the sky could have fallen, So its a good idea to stay prepared by just keeping one with you at all times.

5. Make at least one friend in every class. Not only do you just need the moral support of another to help you get through a 50 minute, 2.5 hours, or however long your class is class, there are also going to be days where life happens and you are going to need someone to take notes for you. So no matter how shy you might be (because trust me, I am!) get out of your comfort zone and be friendly to someone in your classes. They need a friend just as much as you do!

So there is some important things you need to do for the first day of class. Now, you can go check out my other fellow Jag Guides' blogs for more advice on the first day of school!