Wednesday, November 30, 2016

If We Are Prepared, We Shall Not Fear

After I graduate in the coming spring with my Bachelor's Degree, I plan to attend Occupational Therapy School here at South to continue my education. After receiving my Master's Degree, I plan to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and begin raising a family. If you read my last blog, you would have found that South has done a great job of preparing me inside and outside of the classroom. Because of this preparation I feel prepared for all three future endures I listed above, going to graduate school, starting a career, and starting a family. South provided me with all of the pre requisites I needed for admission into the Occupational Therapy program. South also equipped me with the tools I needed in order to be a competitive applicant upon getting into the program. These were ways South prepared me inside of the classroom. A way South was able to help prepare me outside of the classroom was by providing me with contacts through faculty to be able to observe Occupational Therapists within the community. This also allowed me to meet requirements I needed for OT School. I am confident that when I get into the program, South will equip me with the resources, skills, and knowledge I need to succeed in my career. You may ask how South prepared me for raising a family. South gave me the opportunity to grow in ways I have never been able to grow before. I have learned a lot about myself and through that have turned into a responsible young lady. South is continuing to provide me with things I will carry until the day I die.

Give Thanks

In light of the season of Thanksgiving, I wanted to talk about something I am thankful for. I am thankful for the University of South Alabama. This university has offered me so much and for that, I am forever grateful. I am thankful for the beautiful campus that is my home away from home and for the smiling faces who make up my family outside of my family. I have a very family oriented home body and going to school so far away from home was one thing I was really worried about. South made that worry disappear as it very quickly became my home and my family. I am thankful for the education I am receiving to prepare me for my future career. I am thankful for the one-on-one time I receive from my professors in the classroom. Not only has South prepared me in the classroom for a career, but it has also prepared me outside of the classroom for life as an adult. That is something I would not have received if I would have stayed at home. South has given me many reasons to be thankful.  Even after the Thanksgiving season passes it is still important to be in a constant attitude of Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for?  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Boba Time!

I am all about trying new things! I actually hate going to a restaurant over and over again and ordering the same thing. Most people have their usual restaurant with their usual order. I am the complete opposite. It is always my goal to go eat somewhere I have never eaten before. I love ordering foods I have never tried before and ordering foods that are not on the menu. Another thing I love is coffees and teas but I do not like going to chain stores like Starbucks and Duncan Donuts. I like finding local places that are hidden away. Carpe Diem is locally owned and operated here in Mobile just down the road on Old Shell. It has the greatest tea, coffee t-shirts, and atmosphere. Another place that I recently discovered this month is a Korean Coffee and Tea Company. It is called Boba Time. Inside the shop you will find the cutest succulents hanging on mason jars on the wall or in light bulbs hanging from the ceilings as well as cute little repurposed wooden tables.  In addition to my love for new places, coffee, and tea, I also LOVE DIY and design so this shop was just so overwhelming for me. (In a good way). Their menu will take you 12 minutes to read the first time you walk in, but everything sounds so delicious it is hard to make a decision because you want to try it all! I ended up trying what is called BingSu. It is creamy fluffy shaved ice. The description does not even give it justice because when I think of shaved ice, I think of sno cones. This is so much different! It was an explosion of deliciousness in my mouth. So if you are ever in Mobile, I am telling you you have got to give Carpe and Boba Time a try. You have got to try some Bingsu!
Salted Carmel Pretzel Cheesecake Bingsu with a tiny mason jar of espresso shot  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Who Had the Biggest Influence on Me?

There have been a hundred different people who have influenced my life greatly while I have been here at South. The group that has had the most impact overall, though would definitely have to be the Baptist Campus Ministries. Before I even graduated high school I had some upper classman from the BCM reach out to me to let me know they were here for me during the transition, and boy did I need it! Coming from Huntsville to Mobile with no family and no friends was very tough. The people at the BCM were there from the very start, actually before, and they are still impacting my life now. The BCM offered me friends, food, and family. These were all the things I missed from home, but I was able to find my home at the BCM. Quite literally, actually. I am now the resident manager at the BCM, serving as a host to the building and offering that same support to new students, that was offered so graciously to me. Without the people at the BCM I do not know where I would be today. I know that I would not be at South. Frist semester of Freshman year I had my transfer application filled out to UAH. I wanted to go home, but it was the girls at the BCM that contently reminded me that they were my home. There were some tough times where I had no where else to go but the doors to the BCM were unlocked and someone was always there. Being apart of the BCM has been one of the most rewarding parts about coming to South. They have definitely influenced my life here at South in big ways!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It's Homecoming Week!

You think Homecoming week in high school is fun? Well, come experience Homecoming week at South! There is at least two events everyday, if not multiple to celebrate homecoming. The whole point of Homecoming week is to build school spirit for the Homecoming game that is happening this Saturday against Georgia State. My favorite part of celebrating Homecoming is going to the parade! Ever since I was a little girl, parades have been something I have always enjoyed going to.  Seeing the floats that different groups and organizations worked long and hard on, meeting the Homecoming Court, catching the beads, and free candy, and cheering on my Jags at the Pep Rally that happens right after! This year I plan to participate in some other fun celebratory events such as the outdoor movie and the Party in the Plaza.

To see a countdown and all the events happening this week visit the link below:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Secret to Success

Everybody strives to be successful. The definition of success varies from person to person. So I can not sit here and tell you how to be successful because your definition of success probably looks a lot different than mine. To know what your individual definition of success is, you must ask yourself "What is my purpose?" For me, my purpose is to love God and to love others. I have had a successful day if I have done these things well.  If  at the end of the day I look back and see that I have failed to do those things, I have not fulfilled my purpose. Sure, I want to make good grades, have a nice career, make decent money, and raise a loving family; but all of those things will fall into place as long as I am fulfilling my purpose.

 All of the responsibilities life throws our way can be a lot to handle. Everyone always wants to know how to balance it all. Of course by me saying I must love God and love others to be successful is not me saying I can slack in class, work, or other responsibilities. I have to find a healthy balance. I must prioritize. If I am prioritizing loving God as my number one in life, then my school, work, and other responsibilities will directly be affected. I must do well in all of those things to bring glory to Him. The moment I allow myself to become distracted and put other things above that is the moment all of my responsibilities in life are negatively affected.

So what is my secret to success? Love God and love others. Everything else will fall into place.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

It's Fall Y'all!

Warm colors, boots, sweaters, scarves, football, pumpkins, pretty leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes...I love it all! I love the fall!

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the colors, the smells, the flavors... I love everything that comes with the fall season. One of the perks about being a student at the University of South Alabama in the Fall is going to Ladd Peebles Stadium and watching the Jaguars play ball! This fall has been extra exciting. The season has just started and we have won three games. One of which was against Mississippi State. The other two wins were at our very own Ladd Peebles. One of those wins knocked the number 19 team off the ranking with a score of 42-24. When you are a student at South you get free admission to home football games! I like to get there early and tailgate with my friends and walk around to the other tents, like the bookstore tent. There is usually a big game that happens at the end of every October where a ton of vendors set up tents and give away free things and free food! Once the tailgating ends and it is time to enter the stadium, students are given either a pompom or a rally rag. It's fun to shake these to cheer on our jags while we sing our fight song or scream "That's another South Alabama first down!" There are many perks of the fall but one of my favorites is South Alabama football!