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!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Life with Roommates!

There are many different roommate stories... Some people go to college and live with their best friend. Sometimes that works out great and sometimes it does not. Some people have random roommates. I know people who loved their random roomie, hated them, and everywhere in between. Nobody's roommate story is the same, but I'd like to think mine is pretty special! Let me tell you about it!

The spring of my senior year of high school, I was beginning to freak out because I did not yet have a roommate for the fall. I did not know anyone going to South and I feared getting a random roommate. In the midst of my roommate-searching stress a Jag Guide, just like myself, called me and let me know about South's  Roommate Connection Page. I joined the page, posted a short bio about myself, and soon after I received a message from a girl who (not knowing at the time) would become my future roommate. After moving in together we realized we were a perfect match. We were like the same person!! Everyone we met thought we had been best friends for a long time before we moved in. We just worked. We both wanted to go into the medical field, liked the same music, loved for things to be clean and in their place, had the same values... The list could go on and on. We had so much in common! Having her as a roommate was such a blessing! I was feeling really home sick and she made me feel a little more at home. We went everywhere and did everything together. She encouraged me and lifted me up when I needed it and she also challenge me if she saw I was falling behind. I did the same to her. She definitely made my freshman year experience worthwhile! I would not change a thing! You might have actually seen our faces around on housing brochures!

But wait, the story gets even BETTER! So during our freshman year we met and became really close with another girl who was just like us! Now all three of us live together and it is GREAT! I have loved every minute of getting the opportunity to live with these two lovely ladies! They say that your roommate has a big influence on your college experience and I believe that 100%. These two have made my experience here at South all the more better!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Everyday Is A Time for Thanks!

So Thanksgiving is coming up and everyone says, "It is the season to give thanks". I disagree with that statement. There should never be a season for thanks or a day for thanks. You should be living a life of thanksgiving- counting your blessings daily and always giving thanks. Thanksgiving is meant to be a day set aside that is dedicated to nothing but thanksgiving in addition to the other 364 days of thanksgiving. So many people use this holiday as an excuse to get off of work and school and eat good food. Don't get me wrong, I love a good thanksgiving meal, but I think the true meaning behind thanksgiving gets overlooked- by me included.

Something I do not say I am thankful for enough is my school. The University of South Alabama has done so much for me. First and foremost, it is providing me with an excellent education with which I will  use to pursue my life long career. Second, it has equipped me with the skills I need to grow into a mature and independent young woman. Third, it has provided me with professional and real world experience. Fourth, it has allowed me to live out my dreams and passions in the clubs and activities I am involved with at the University. Finally, USA has provided me with a family- a family of classmates, of co-workers, of friends, and of brothers and sisters in Christ, I am thankful for the University of South Alabama and I believe in it!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Treasured Campus Crevice

The University of South Alabama has a beautiful campus with many treasured spots. My favorite would probably have to be the down stairs part of the student center. It was under construction for a while. I anticipated the opening of it my whole freshman year. It was very well worth the wait. It serves as many different things and I think that is why I like it so much. If you are hungry you can go grab snack. You can get anything from a bag of peanuts to sushi. Yes... sushi!! If you have a gap between classes and need somewhere to chill, it had the most comfy couches! If its pretty outside you can sit on the patio at an umbrella-covered table and do homework or just people watch. If you want to get a group together to study and don't want to go to the library, the student center is perfect for that too! Want to go see a movie? Stop by Jag Productions on your way out and grab a $5 movie ticket!! I know it may sound silly but I am constantly filling up my water bottle so it makes me happy that the student center has the fancy water bottle fountains! I love being able to see outside even when I am inside. I think my love for windows came from going to a school that had no windows. The amount of big windows that are in the student center just makes it that much better of a place to be! If you visit south or decide to
attend, you should be sure to check out the student center!