Thursday, October 23, 2014

If You Do What You Love, You'll Never Work a Day in Your Life!

My favorite class that I have taken at South this far has to be my Intro to Nursing class, NU 101. I have known since High School that Nursing was the path for me, however, everyone told me that once you got to college, everything changes. I decided to take NU 101 just to make sure that I was on the right path, and I was really going to like what I was going to do in the future. I can't even begin to explain how I felt when I realized that Nursing was my future for sure. I loved talking about Nursing school, and also got excited with every activity that we did. We got to go into the labs, get familiar with the building, and most importantly, meet the staff that we were going to be working with. We learned many things that would prepare us for Nursing school, and the staff was sure to give us tips along the way. If you are considering Nursing school, I would recommend taking this class. I made some great friends who were interested in the same things as me, and learned a lot. By the end of the class, I was reassured that I was on the right path, and that my career was going to be something I loved. I am hopefully starting Nursing school in the fall, and I couldn't be more excited to start this new journey! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

J-A-G-U-A-R-S for U-S-A!

Here at South school spirit is a must, but especially this week. Homecoming week is my favorite week of the year. There's something fun to do every night, whether it be the famous Junk the Jungle, or something like a canned food drive, there is always something to see or do. Homecoming week brings out the best in us Jags, and shows everyone just how proud we are to be here. Sheet signs line the traffic circle, and everyone is finally getting to wind down after their midterms. Probably my favorite event of this week is the parade and pep rally that go on tomorrow night. Everyone is finished with their week of classes, and they are able to spend a few hours having fun and getting pumped for Saturday's game. I love seeing all the floats everyone made, and how excited everyone is just to be a Jag. This week really makes me realize the things that I love most about South, and the many reasons why I love being a student here!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Favorite Experience at South!

South Alabama has a lot of perks for their students, but I have to say that my favorite by far is that we get in free to all the sporting events. There isn't much that I love more than cheering on the Jags during football season. Not much beats a Saturday spent at the stadium waiting on game time. I have had tons of fun tailgating, eating, and hanging out with all my sisters, and those are probably some of my favorite memories at South. 

My absolute favorite memory here at South so far was being able to attend the first EVER sold out football game here at the University of South Alabama. Being able to sit in the Student section and cheer on the Jags was incredible. It may have been hot, but we made the best of it, and win or lose we still felt pride for our team and we still love our Jags! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Been There, Wish I'd Known That

Coming into your senior year of High School, there is so much you have to do. All of the sudden there's college visits, scholarship applications, college applications, and tons of pressure concerning your future. Here you are, a student who up until this year had no concerns about all these applications, and you're expected to be a pro and know every detail of your future. Well, lucky for you, you aren't the only one who is going through this. My senior year I wish I would have had someone in college tell me what to do to make this whole process easier. Here's a few things I wish people had told me when I started the busiest and happiest year of High School: 

1) Apply for everything, even if you don't think you qualify! I filled out so many applications for scholarships that by the end of my senior year I was sick of filling out my name and address on paperwork. I could have probably applied for more, but I didn't pick it up if I didn't fit every detail. I found that on our school's scholarship night, that not many students fit the exact criteria they listed. I missed out on A LOT of opportunities for scholarships because I didn't feel like I would get it. Being Out of State, I could have used every penny. My point is APPLY! Just go to your guidance office, or wherever your school has their scholarship list, and grab one of each. The worst that could happen is you don't hear back, however you could also get some much needed money for College!

2) Don't be afraid to over-pack! When I came to school, I didn't end up packing everything I actually needed. On move-in day, I sent my parents to Walmart with a laundry miscellaneous things that honestly I had thought about and then figured I wouldn't need. For example, snacks for the dorm. You never know when you'll want some goldfish or a soda, and you don't want to walk all the way to the Dining Hall just for something small.  Another example would be little area rugs. For me, I don't like stepping out of bed onto the cold tile floor, and I definitely don't like stepping out on slick tile when I get out of the shower. If it crosses your mind when you're thinking about what to take to college, get it. You're probably going to need it or end up buying it when you get here. 

3) Don't take any of the luxuries of home for granted! Enjoy watching T.V with your parents, home-cooked meals, and all of the fun stuff that goes along with High School. Don't rush your senior year, because I can guarantee that although college comes with some of the best memories of your life, you're going to miss your hometown, Mama's cooking, and as much as you don't think so now, High School. So go to every event your high school does, try something new, and get excited about what lies ahead when you graduate in May. Let your senior year take its time, and don't wish it to be over!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's Free Time?

When I built my schedule for my first fall semester here at South, I really had no idea what I was doing. I made a schedule full of long gaps, friday class, and so much free time. With the way my schedule was built I couldn't really find a place to work with my hour availability. So my first semester I found myself with tons and tons of free time. This led to multiple naps a day, Netflix all night, and late-night waffle house runs. 

I was the type of person that was super involved in high school and worked part time, so unfortunately I had no free time at all. Every minute of my day was planned out, and to be completely honest, that's how I liked it. Coming here and not getting involved in anything really made things tough, and also made it easy to be lazy. 

Halfway through my first semester here, I was going stir crazy. I needed something to do, that involved getting up and going somewhere. Most days I didn't even get ready, my hair was thrown up in a ponytail and I didn't wear any makeup. I ended up joining a sorority, which helped a lot, and kept me pretty busy, but not as busy as I would have liked. 

Second semester rolled around, and I picked up a part time job a few days a week, and that helped a little bit more. I actually had a reason to use my planner, and I was pretty busy, however I still wasn't satisfied with my schedule. 

This fall, I took a Vice President position in my sorority, and also started working more hours at work, and also got involved with a few more organizations here on campus. As it stands now, most of my days start at 8am and end around 9pm. I am constantly going, and that is exactly how I like it. I gradually got more involved each semester I have been here, and I honestly couldn't imagine having it any other way. My grades have stayed high, I am meeting more people and making more friends then I ever thought I would, and I have a lot of structure, which is something I need. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Friends, Fun and Football!

My favorite football memory coincidentally happens to fall on parents weekend of last year. It was the first South football game I ever went to, and to this day it's still my favorite. When I came to South freshman year, My roommate and I became best friends almost instantly (and are still roommates and best friends to this day), and a girl I met at orientation became a good friend of ours too. We called ourselves the "trio", and we were excited to cheer on the jags together. I remember we had a great time just watching all the people act crazy, and we laughed and joked about the things we saw in the stands. During the fourth quarter of the game, we left and went to Baumhower's wings and ate dinner and had a good time with my parents. For weeks after that game, we laughed and talked about it, and were excited to go back to more home games. That weekend started my love for Jaguar Football, and I am so excited for the Mississippi State game!

Hannah, Alli and I at the parents weekend game last year!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Moving Out and Moving Forward

The transition from High school to a University is HUGE. Going from a small town to a city, leaving old friends for new ones, and most importantly: leaving your family for better opportunities. I went through all these things, and I can honestly say, it was rough. While it was rough though, it was worth it.

Back home in my small town, I had gone to school with the same group of people since the fourth grade. My main group of friends and I did everything, and I mean EVERYTHING together. Prom shopping, weekends away, weekends around town; you name it. I had always known after senior year that I was leaving, but I didn't realize how far away I was going until my senior year.

I decided on South Alabama right after attending USA Day in October of 2012. When I decided I was heading to mobile the next fall, my parents decided they were moving to North Carolina. So, instead of being 6 hours away from them, all of the sudden I was going to be 12. That in itself was just as hard to take as leaving my friends.

As my senior year came to an end, I was readier than ever to begin my new adventure in Mobile. However, I never expected my move to take me so many places. Just in one year I have managed to get and hold a part-time job that I love, keep my grades high, and make friends that turned into family. The opportunities that South has presented to me, and that I have found around Mobile are greater than anything I expected when I pulled out of my driveway last August.

I may not get to see my family too terribly often, or go home to my hometown like most kids do when they go home from school, but I couldn't be happier with my decision to come and make South my home. So anyone who is worried about the tough transition from senior to freshman, just know that what you'll find when you get here will be greater than you ever imagined and don't be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone and go for things you never thought you would. College is about making your own way, and South definitely makes it easy to do!