Thursday, January 29, 2015
When I decided to go to South, I was from out of state, and I was one of few going out of state, and was the only one who was going to USA. I was terrified about finding a roommate in time, and I was even more terrified of random roommates. I heard about the Jaguar Roommate Connection, and a few days later I saw a paragraph from a girl who lived about an hour from south, and seemed pretty nice. Little did I know, 2 years later, I would have one of my very best friends, and an amazing roommate. Hannah and I have been inseperable basically since I drove to Disney to meet her in June before my freshman year. We had been talking since march of that year, and I think that we both pretty much knew we would be perfect roommates. She decided that she was going to Disney for her 18th birthday, and I only lived two hours from there. I drove down one night and met her for supper in Downtown Disney and ended up staying the night in the condo she was renting. I know it seems pretty weird that I stayed the very first night we met in person, but even that night we talked and talked, and I think we were already the best of friends. From then, we counted down the days till move in day and haven't been apart more than a few weeks since. We decided to join the same sorority, and we tackled all of our tough classes together. Late night food runs, Gossip Girl marathons, laughing till 3 in the morning reminiscing memories, and road trips together made these last two years of College the best. We just kind of work. My college experience would not have been the same at all if I hadn't decided to check out that page. Even now, her family is my family away from home, and I couldn't be more blessed by the fact that I have a home away from my real home that's 12 hours away. Some people don't work with their first roommates, but if you do, make sure you keep living with them. I love that fact that she has been the person I experienced my first two years of college life with, and I can't wait to see where college takes us the next few years!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
It's officially the holiday season, and I don't know about y'all, but it is my most favorite time of year. Thanksgiving and Christmas just have this wonderful feeling associated with them. Also this time of year really makes us realize all the amazing things that we have to be thankful for. For me, there is so much that I am thankful for that I wouldn't have if it weren't for South.
First, I am extremely thankful for my job on campus. I was fortunate enough to be selected to work in the Communication Center my second semester at South, and this job has done wonders for me. I have made some really awesome friends, been able to help and interact with future Jags, and provide insight into the things I have learned while being a student here.
Second, I am thankful for the friends that turned into family. Since being at South, I have met so many wonderful people. Since joining Alpha Gamma Delta last October however, I have met four wonderful ladies who I have become nearly inseparable from. We are each other's family here at college, and I couldn't imagine it any other way. From family dinners, to having mental breakdowns (because college is hard sometimes), to just laughing until our stomachs ache; I can always count on them to lift me up. I don't think I could have been blessed with better people to keep me grounded while i'm 12 hours from home, and I don't think any other group of friends would be this near and dear to my heart. This year, I am unable to go home for Thanksgiving, and one of my friend's family invited to their place to celebrate. I couldn't be happier with the fact that there is always someone I can turn to either in the Sorority, or just in my tight group of friends. College is all about bettering yourself and making friendships that will last far past your college years. I am so grateful for mine, and know they will be beside me always.
Lastly, I am thankful for all of the amazing programs here at South. I am fortunate enough to be a part of the Early Acceptance for Nursing program, meaning that I already have a seat in Nursing school even though I am still taking prerequisites. In addition to that, all of our departments have wonderful professors and faculty who want nothing more than for you to succeed. I am also very proud and thankful that our Football program decided to make a little boy who is sick very happy by signing him onto the Football team as an honorary player. He was able to cheer on the Jags from the sideline and hang out with the players, and they treated him wonderfully. Some of the players even went and surprised him at school and ate lunch with him. I am so proud to call myself a Jaguar and I couldn't imagine spending my college years anywhere else!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
If I had to choose my favorite spot on campus, it would probably be the Bell Tower. It's a great place to relax and hang out when school is just getting to be a little too much. It's also a good spot to sit and enjoy the pretty weather and just get away. I instantly loved the Bell Tower from the first time I visited campus, and last year during formal it was the first place we tried to take pictures (even though the sun didn't seem to cooperate). It has just always been my go to spot on campus, and I think it's one of the best features of our campus. Not to mention, have you seen it all lit up at night? It's gorgeous. Our entire campus is really pretty, but I don't think much compares to how the Bell Tower looks at night time.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Since being at South, I have accumulated tons of "Jag Swag", mostly because I have an obsession with tee shirts. I think my favorite is my Grey South Sweatshirt with pink polka dotted letters across the front. My parents bought it for me in February before I came here for Fall 2013. I came from out of state, so it was a big decision for my parents to send me out of state for college. I ended up using that sweatshirt in my senior pictures and I also put it on my graduation announcements. Being a Student you really have tons of opportunities to show off your school, and you'll probably accumulate more Jaguar apparel than you know what to do with!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
There is always so much going on around campus, it's rather hard to choose a favorite. If I had to choose my absolute favorite, it would probably be Alpha Gamma Delta's spring formal from last year. I loved getting all dressed up in formal dresses with my sisters, and getting to go to a beautiful hotel downtown for dinner and dancing was so much fun! A few of us also had a photographer come and take pictures, and they turned out really well. It was definitely a night I will never forget!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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
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!