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!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Jag Swag!

Here at South you will see jaguar print, red, white, and blue everything, all over! I have many of these "Jag Swag" items and it's pretty hard to say which one item is my favorite so I hope it is okay with you guys if I narrow it down to three.

 So I have never been the one to be big on animal print. When I got to South, however; I felt like it was necessary. My first jaguar print purchase ever was a real cute scarf. Let me tell you, I love scarves!! Fall is my favorite season and one of the reasons is because I get to wear scarves. You better believe I have one for every outfit! Another thing I love is earrings!! I am not a huge "dresser upper" but throw on a scarf and some cute earnings with your t-shirt and jeans, and there ya go, right? That's usually how I roll. So my other favorite "Jag Swag" item are my jaguar print heart earnings!  (I also have some really cute jaguar print flats but I said I would keep it to three favorites so pretend I didn't mention that one!) My third and newest "Jag Swag" item is my jaguar print air freshener that is in my car! Its gold with sparkles on it and currently has pumpkin cupcake as the scent right now, which makes me even more in love with it because I love the smell of fall!

If you are interested in south I am sure you have a few "Jag Swag" items of your own and if you end up attending South I can promise that your collection will continue to grow. Mine sure did and it still is!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fun Things Outside of School Work?! Sign me up!

There are many fun activities to participate in here at South. The campus as a whole, Greek life, residence life, and the different clubs and organizations all offer fun activities throughout the year on and off campus! One of my favorite activities that I have participated in was the Tacky Thrift Store Formal hosted by the BCM the fall of my freshman year. This event was so fun and memorable.  By the time of the event I  had finally gotten to know pretty much everyone at the BCM so I was able to open up this night and be my crazy self. It was so great! We had awkward dancing and yummy food! There was even a prize for who dressed the tackiest! This night was defiantly one I will never forget and I look forward to more fun events at the BCM this year!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Class Time!

There has only been one class that I have dreaded here at south, but other than that I have pretty much enjoyed all my other classes. My favorite class so far though, is a class I am in this semester. It is Introduction to Occupational Therapy (OT). I enjoy this class for many reasons. One reason is throughout my freshman year I took all general education classes just like everyone else who goes to college. They were are basic and did not have much to do with my major. Now I am finally getting to start classes that deal with what I want to do with the rest of my life and that excites me! Another reason I love this class is that the teacher is an actual Occupational Therapist and was in OT school not too long ago. I don't know about y'all but I once had an English teacher was German and had a lisp so you couldn't understand her. Its hard to learn from someone teaching English when English was not even their first language. It makes it a lot easier when a person is experienced in what they are teaching. My professor is very passionate about what she does and you really really see her heart for OT when she teaches. This makes learning from her a breeze. Not only is she giving us book definitions but she is giving us real life stories that have happened to her while at work and she makes them applicable to us. Because she graduated from OT school just a few years ago, that part of her life is still fresh to her as well. Occupational Therapy school is super competitive and she can provide us with tips for how to succeed, be prepared, and be a competitive applicant. She was in our very shoes not too long ago sitting in the very seat in the very classroom so we are able to connect with her really well. The third reason OT 201 is my favorite class is because everything I have been able to learn in that class. I have learned a lot about Occupational Therapy in this class which will really prepare me for the interview process. The forth reason I really enjoy this class is because it is just fun. We do activities, projects, presentations and things like that. I am a very kinesthetic learner and the fact that she lets us do hands on types of learning I am able to learn a lot better than I would if she made us read a book. There are so many more reasons I love this class (sometimes I even tear up in this class because her passion for what she does creates a passion down in me) but these are the main reasons that Intro. to OT has been my favorite class here at South so far.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jags Got Spirit, Yes We Do!!!

It's homecoming week here at South and although campus is always filled with school spirit, this is a week that we step up our spirit game. The campus is full of sheet signs painted with red, white, blue, glitter, and jaguar print. There is fun stuff going on at the student center and the cafeteria night and day. Who doesn't love free stuff? Homecoming week come with a lot of goodies as well. Free t-shirts, free snow cone, and free goody bags. The bookstore has sweet deals like giving everything with a South Alabama logo on it a 20% discount price. Tonight we will be "junking the jungle" or rolling the traffic circle with thousands of rolls of toilet paper. Later in the week there will be parades, pep rallies and bon fires! This week will conclude with the home coming game against Georgia State. Although the week will be over the spirit will continue to live at South whether or not we win or loose! I'm pretty sure we are going to win, though! Go Jagssssss!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Experiences only South Can Offer

There are so many experiences I have had at South it is hard to just pick one.  A lot of experiences you have at college are things you can also experience at any other college. There are some experiences that I have had here that I know I would not have been able to had any where else. Just a few include meeting my roommate and becoming best friends with her, being a Jag Guide and getting to help prospective students, playing Oozeball... because what other school has a campus wide mud volleyball tournament, being on leadership team at the Baptist Campus Ministries and leading freshman girls in Bible study, becoming a part of a really great church family at Moffett Road Baptist Church, but most importantly finding out what I want to do with the rest of my life.

I came to South not knowing what I wanted to do and that really scared me because I like to have a plan for everything. I did have a plan all through out high school and that is what led me to South because they had a really great program for what I wanted to do. That plan changed my senior year of high school but I still felt called to go to South. I came here scared to death thinking I would never figure out what I wanted to do with me life. I knew I wanted to be in the medical field but I did not want to deal with blood and guts. I was introduced to my major which is Professional Health Science. It is broad major in the College of Allied Heath that covers all the basics and allows you to come out of the program as an overseer of health providers and hospitals. I felt like this major was good for me. It was still in the health field and If I did not necessarily find a career I could graduate, get a job and still be doing something I have a passion for; serving others. Finding this major put me a little more at ease. At least I had some sort of path to follow now and something is better than nothing. I started venturing all the health professions out there and one that really stood out to me was Physical Therapy. It was defiantly leaning towards what I wanted to know but still did not feel 100% right. After talking to some people about this I was introduced to Occupational Therapy. It hit the nail on the head. I would have that one-on-one time with patients which I greatly desired and something my major may not give me. I also have a heart for special needs children which as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist I would be able to serve many children with disabilities. I was so happy when I found my career! I was even happier when I found out South is one of the three schools in Alabama that has an Occupational Therapy program.

To you this probably is not the most exciting thing that you would hope to read about as a college experience. To me it is one of the most exciting things that has happened to me since I have been at South. I am sure that it is the very reason I felt called to come to South to figure that out. Had I went to another University I might have still been searching. As I am continuing to learn about the program, getting to know some of the faculty on staff, and getting involved with some of the students that are in the program I am falling more and more in love with my decision to become an Occupational Therapist!