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


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.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

My Job as a Jag Guide

This is my third year being a Jag Guide and I plan to remain a Jag Guide for as long as I am at South. When I was a senior in high school, I remember getting calls for Jag guides and how helpful they were. Being the first person ever in my family to attend college, I was kind of lost as to how to get started. The Jag guides were such a great help and really made for a smooth transition from high school to college. Without them, I would have been so lost throughout the whole thing. So when I heard of there was an opportunity to become a Jag guide myself, I was all for it. I wanted to be able to return the favor by helping other students that were in my exact shoes. Coming to work everyday is also one of the highlights of my day because of the people I am surrounded by in the office. We do stay busy the whole time we are at work but we always keep each other laughing at the same time. Getting closer to and learning from the Jag guides that have been here since before I got here and getting to know and teach the newer jag guides is enjoyable as well. I love South and I love be able to represent the school I love. Go Jags!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Senior To-Do List

As a senior in high school, you are less than a year away from starting the next chapter in your life. For me, senior year went by in a blink. Between pictures, picnics, graduation practices, and all the other festivities that come along with senior year; it all felt rushed. Below you will find a list of things you should be doing as a senior.
      1. Enjoy your senior year. It is a busy year but do not rush it away. It is your last year before, well, adulthood. Take it in. Enjoy the last months with the friends you have grown up with, your family, high school traditions, wearing your high school colors, cheering loud at the Friday night football games, and just being a kid.

     2. If you have not already, make those last minute college decisions. Most colleges either have an admission deadline or a scholarship deadline (South's is December 1). Those deadlines are usually around the end of your first semester as a high school senior. You do not have to know exactly which college you are going to attend, but you do need to know which ones you are going to apply for.

    3. Apply!  Do not be scared to apply if you are not one hundred percent sure. Applications do not lock you down to any particular school. You can apply for USA at

    4. Raise those test scores. It never hurts to take the ACT or SAT one more time to see if you can get a higher score. The more points you have, the more money the schools will give you.

    5. Apply for scholarships.  Apply for every one you can find! Some are little and do not seem like they would make a difference, but the small ones add up and every little bit counts. You want to start this process a little early because some scholarships require some pretty lengthy essays. To find scholarships offered at South visit

    6. Visit campus. Even if you have already visited campus before now, I encourage you to go again especially if you are not sure of which one of your choices you are going to attend.  Maybe you have three choices and you visited all three campuses your junior year. Now that you have applied and are one year closer, check them out again and maybe it will help sway your decision. To schedule a campus visit at USA go to

    7. Apply for housing. After you are accepted you can apply for housing. This does not necessarily lock you in but in most cases it is first come first serve and there is a fee to apply. To apply for housing at South go to

     8. Send out graduation invitations! Your family loves you and they are proud of you. They know that walking across that stage is a big moment in your life and if they are not able to make it, they will fill really bad and send you a loaded envelope! And trust me, coming from a broke college student, this money will come in handy! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

These are Some of My Most Favorite Things

      Here at South there is always something to do. Free home-game sporting events, intermural games, block parties, movie nights, and so much more. With all of the different organizations South has to offer, there are even more events. I have not had a "favorite" event so far because there are too many fun ones to choose from. My favorite types of events, however; are the ones put on by Jag Productions. JP rocks! They always have something fun up their sleeves. The best part is, their events are free to students! There was one time they did ring stamping for valentines day. That was so cool! I love the events that you get to take something back with you whether it just be some awesome memories or actual keep-sakes.  They have done wax hands, personalized license plates, open mic nights, trivia nights, comedy nights, skate nights, and those are just a few of the many events put on by jag productions. So if you are interested in these random nights of fun, add JP South of Facebook so that you can be in the know about these events!

Monday, October 5, 2015

It's Fall Y'all!

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the colors, the smells, the flavors... I love everything that comes with the fall season. I do wish the days were a little longer, but other than that, fall is my season! My favorite thing about fall, where to start? The weather. The temperature is perfect! You aren't sweating but you aren't freezing. You get to wear cute boots and scarves and go to bed with the window open. The colors. The reds, the oranges, yellows, golden-browns... I love them all. The warmth of these colors make me really happy! The smells. I loveee fall candles! As soon as the fall scents came in, I went to Bath and Body works and spent an hour walking around smelling all the smells of fall. I also bought a pumpkin cupcake car freshener. The flavors!! So this is a new favorite of mine. I used hate the taste of pumpkin, but as I have gotten older my taste buds have changed and it's probably one  of my favorite flavors. Pumpkin spice mochas, pumpkin buntlets, pumpkin tea lattes, pumpkin EVERYTHING!!