Thursday, August 27, 2015

Week of Welcome!

Week of Welcome (WOW) is such a fun and exciting week and I am so glad it was brought back to South this year! I feel this week is a very important week in all student's school year and especially freshmen. For most freshmen, they have moved away from home and this is the first time they are on their own. This week allows students to get their mind off of missing home and gives them some fun activities to be a part of to occupy their time. It allows students to see what South is really all about, know what they want to be a part of, find out who they are, and discover where they belong. This week is not all about the freshmen though. Week of welcome allows upper classmen to step up and be leaders in their clubs, organisations, and activities. They can become big brothers/sisters to the incoming freshmen because they know how this works and they were once in their shoes. I personally enjoyed this year's week of welcome for both aspects. I enjoyed attending some of the activities that were offered and I also enjoyed being a leader at some of the activities that my own organizations offered. My favorite part about WOW was getting to meet some knew freshmen and making connections with them.

Monday, April 27, 2015

This week is the last week of classes, which means finals week is just a few days away. This week, for me, is filled with emotions. I am so nervous that I am not going to do well on my finals, I am anxious because this week is so busy I am not sure when I am going to get the chance to sit down and study, I am sad to leave all my friends here for the summer, I am excited to be with my family and friends from home, and many more crazy emotions that are not usually felt all at once. There are a few things that get me through this time of year. One, COFFEE. Especially on gloomy, rainy days like today when I would rather be in bed than studying; coffee keeps me going.  Two, my future. Thinking about spending the rest of my life loving on children as an occupational therapist motivates me to keep my head up and study hard.  Three, home. The fact that I get to spend three months at home with my family and friends from high school in seven days excites me greatly and serves as encouragement to get through this week.

Don't let me scare you too bad, though. Sometimes finals are not as bad as they seem. This year I got really lucky. One of my finals is online, one is a take home student evaluation that I get to turn in this week, and one I get to exempt because I have an A in the class and less than two absences. So I only have to take two real, in class finals and they are both on Monday, which is the first day of finals and then I am done. I mentioned before how I did not know when I would get the chance to study and you are probably thinking I have all the time in the world because I only have to study for two exams. This week is crazy crunch week. I have two papers, a presentation, two quizzes, and 8 online assignments due this week on top of going to class. I am hosting an end of the year banquet at the BCM one night, my pastor is having us over for dinner one night, I am going out to eat with two of my friends for their birthday one night, I have one more night of work, and I have to clean and pack everything up that I am taking home this summer. So as you can see, I am stressin a little about time management. I am staying positive though because I always find time study and I know that it is the most important thing right now and that if I need to, I can step back from some of my non-academic obligations this week.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Here in Mobile, it has been raining for the past seven days and according to the radar it looks like we are going to get a couple of pretty days and then back to rain. It seems like it rains more than it does not in Mobile and the spring time is when it really comes down.  What is one to do during all this rain? Well I will tell you how some of my friends and I spent our time with the monsoon going on outside. One evening we all went to the store and bought a bunch of candy and snacks and came back to my apartment to watch a movie on Netflix. We played twister after the movie was over and blew up an air mattress in the living room and had a big sleepover. Another day we all went to the BCM and made homemade pizza and cupcakes. We watched about four chick flicks and a couple of Disney movies. We played some games and stayed dry. This may not appeal to everyone but with my busy schedule, I really value the times I get to just relax, be lazy, and enjoy time with friends. Especially since the semester is coming to a screeching halt, I want to spend as much time with the family I have been a part of down here before I go home for the summer.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

College Leads to Careers

What career am I striving for and how has college helped me prepare for that career? If you have read some of my previous blogs, you know that I am pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. South has done so much to prepare me for this career. To start, South introduced me to the career. I had not heard about occupational therapy until I came to South. When I figured out pharmacy was not for me, I did some college major venturing. I found out that South has a really great program for OT and they have a Pre OT club as well.  I attended one of the club meetings one evening and found out a little bit about the program and the career itself. Ever since that night, I have felt a calling to occupational therapy. My adviser, career services, and professors in the graduate program have really helped prepare me by making sure I am on the right track. My adviser makes sure I take the classes I need for the graduate program, while also instructing me on how to balance the classes I need for my major which is professional health sciences. Career services helped me create a resume that will look good to the graduate program. Professors of the graduate program have helped me become a competitive applicant by advising me on what I can do outside of my academics. My current professors in the classes I am taking are preparing me by providing the basics to the classes I will be taking in the graduate program. The other pre OT students have really been helpful as well. They offer a since of support and I would not be able to get through sometimes if it weren't for my fellow pre OT students. I have also formed some relationships with some of the occupational therapy students and this really helps a lot because they have first hand experience and they are able to mentor (academically, mentally, and spiritually) those of us following in their foot steps. Although making relationships outside of my friend group is way outside of my comfort zone, it has definitely been worth it to receive all of the support, encouragement, and advice that I have received from these relationships. South has already helped prepare me so much for my career and I know it will continue to prepare me as I continue my education here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Do Over, Please?

Some of the Beautiful Friendships I've Made at South
Before you go to college, you get advice from everyone...and I mean EVERYONE. You get advice from people at your church, educated people who spent their whole life in college, people who have little college experience, your great aunt who does not even know what the word college means, your brother who is in the fourth grade...EVERYONE. One thing most of them will tell you is to enjoy your time in college because before you know it, you will be out of college and in the real world. If there was any piece of advice that I really did not take to heart, it was this one. I thought there is no way that the next seven years of my life spent studying is going to fly. Well I was wrong and they were right. It does fly! I am sitting here looking back and I am wondering where the time has gone. I am going to be a Junior in the fall. I have almost completed my first two years of school and it feels like I was just sitting in my orientation chair last week. So if I was given one do over it would be to listen to this advice and treat my time here a little differently. I still have a few years a head of me and I will definitely treat my time here at South with more respect. Freshmen year I rushed the weeks by until the next time I got to go home. Going home is what I lived for and it is what got me through my days. I would look at my calendar and see that I only had 19 more days until I could go home for a weekend and it would be my encouragement to get through that week. Don't get me wrong, I still greatly value the times I get to go home but I have also started valuing the time I spend here more as well instead of just rushing it by. Since you are going to get advice from everyone and their grandmothers, let me throw in a piece of my own: Your time in college will fly by so enjoy it while you are in it and do not take it for granted.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The University Of South Alabama in One Word

Growth. Growth can mean many things. Growth can mean the process of increasing in physical size; the processes of developing or maturing physically, mentally, or spiritually; or the process of increasing in amount, value, or importance. If I had to sum my experience here at South up in one word, that word would be growth. Since coming to South I have been given so many opportunities to grow in different areas of my life. As much as I wanted to avoid it, the freshman 15 (maybe a little more than 15 haha) found me the second semester of freshman year.  That is a not so positive way that I grew physically. I mainly experienced growth in the mental and spiritual aspects of my life. Coming to South, I had to rely on myself. I did not have my family there to fix my problems, or cook me dinner, or tell me what decisions to make. It was time that I took everything they taught me and decide how to make my life my own, This caused a lot of growth! The maturity level of me as a senior in high school looks way different than my maturity level as a freshman in college. Even though it is only a year apart so much growing up had to happen in that time span that forced me to become more of an adult. I am so thankful for the opportunity to grow in that way because the young woman I am becoming makes me proud! South has also enabled me to grow so much spiritually. I found a really great church to plug into. I have made so many close friends at this church and and have been able to serve along side them. No matter what beliefs you have, there is a church here in Mobile that is sure to fit your needs. The BCM has also been a wonderful ministry to be a part of. Going away from home and facing a lot of new "real world" trials has really caused me to lean on my faith to get me through. Because of this, my spiritual life has grown significantly! I could go on and on with all the ways I have been able to grow here at South, but I don't want to get too mushy on you guys. If you are looking for a place to grow in every aspect of your life, the University of South Alabama is a great pick! Happy growing!

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!