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!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ellisa's Advice Column

The best advice I have received in college, this is going to sound crazy, came from a syllabus. I don't know how every high school does syllabi but for my high school syllabus day was always a joke. The teacher handed you a piece of paper with the class rules and it seemed like every teacher had the same syllabus and the only difference was the class name on the top.  Syllabus day in college is completely different. For me syllabus day is one of the most important class days to attend. It is also one of the most stressful because you the whole semester's assignments in one day. This is the day I fill out my calendar for the  semester for all of my assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, midterms, and finals. This piece of paper becomes the life-line for the class. I refer to each of my syllabi weekly just to make sure I am doing what each professor expects of me. On one of the many syllabi I have received while being a student one had the best piece of advice I have ever received. When I first read it, I thought it was the stupidest thing I have ever read, but it soon became the reason I had a 4.0 my first semester. It read something like, every hour spent in the classroom should equal three hours of studying outside. In high school going to class and paying attention was enough for me to make all As. In college it is very important to spend much more time outside of the classroom studying than you do inside the classroom.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

It is Spring Time!

One of my favorite things about Spring time is all of the pretty flowers that start to bloom! I know some people have a love-hate relationship with the blooming flowers because blooming flowers mean blooming allergies. I think we can take a moment to look past all of the sniffles and to focus on the beauty of the blooms! Not only do I love to look at all the beauty on the outside, but I also love bringing the beauty of flowers inside. I did some research and found that people who decorate with live flowers indoors are scientifically proven to live longer and happier lives. Live flowers lower blood pressure and improve long term mood. So I encourage you to take advantage of the beauty of spring and incorporate it into your everyday life!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Don't Worry

I love quotes! I love reading them, I love writing them, I love painting them, I love them! Because of my love for many different quotes, it is hard to pick a favorite. My favorites kind of depend on the day and the season of life. Since my life seems to be a big ball of mess right now, I have to pick the following as my favorite for right now. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34 This verse calms me and brings me peace. No matter how stressful life gets, we do not need to worry. This verse does not mean we do not need to plan for the future. We still need to live in away in the today that positively affects our tomorrow. It is just so stress relieving to know that we do not have to worry about tomorrow. College gets stressful. It can be overwhelming at times. We can not do it all on our own and thankfully we do not have to! Find some quotes that help you get through the hard times!