Thursday, March 26, 2015

Springtime on Campus!

My favorite part of being on campus in the springtime is just being outside! I love being able to walk to class and not be sweating buckets or freezing to death. It's just a great time to be around South. All the flowers are blooming, the pool is opened back up, and being outside and since picnics are literally my favorite things in the world, spring time just makes me a happy person. Spring time and fall are my favorite seasons, and honestly in my opinion, there is no better place to spend the spring than South's campus.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

College, or Nah?

Tons of things are said about college; it's hard, it's stressful, it's not something everyone wants to do. That's true, but personally, I wouldn't trade my experiences here in college for the world. Yes, there will be tears, there will be all-nighters, BUT there will also be times that you know you made the right decision and you are exactly where you need to be. 

In my opinion, college isn't for everyone, but here is why i'm here. 

1). I had dreams that required college. I had no choice. There is no way to be an RN without going to college. It gets so hard sometimes, but then I think about starting nursing school in the fall and I get so excited that it makes it all worth it. 

2). FRIENDS. You make the best of friends in college. Honestly, they are the people that keep you going. if you're anything like me, you'll make friends that become your family away from home. 

3). Freedom. Another cool part of college is when you live away from home. You can do whatever you want. You want a taco at 2AM? You go for it. You want to drive around because you had a stressful day, and end up in Mississippi? That's awesome! You make your rules, and while it's a little weird at first, you'll grow to love it. 

Honestly college is an experience that I think everyone should have. It's the best/craziest/most fun/stressful few years of your life, but you're becoming an adult AND getting an education. I would recommend college to EVERYONE. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

My Spot in Mobile!

College is mostly about grades, studying, all nighters, and library trips; but at some point you have to cut loose, do something fun and not worry about classes for a little while. My favorite thing to do outside of class is probably going to the park off of University. It has become my spot. I love to grab subway and go eat lunch there on a pretty day, and honestly it's just one of the most relaxed places I have discovered in Mobile. It's massive and has swings and seats to sit and look out over the water. I have spent many a day just soaking up the sunlight and just getting away when classes become too much. 

I know the with South being so close to the beach most people are all about sitting in the sand and listening to waves, and while I love that, the park is way more convenient to campus and I can go there between classes or before I come to work. It's the perfect spot for the week days when things become just a little too much to handle and I just need a minute.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

College is a Balancing Act

So you are getting ready to graduate from High School and graduate into the wonderful world of freedom, fun and most importantly: College!

College makes you learn so much. I am sure most of you probably were thinking "well duh, it's school.", but it makes you learn so much more. You learn about yourself, friendships, life, and of course, your major.

You'll get more freedom than you know what to do with, and that'll be great, and a little scary. Learning how to manage the new-found freedom, school, and maybe even a part time job is where is becomes a problem. My freshman year, I ate way more midnight meals, saw way too many late night drives, walks and talks, and met some really awesome friends. I made the deans list first semester, but second semester I bit off more than I could chew and didn't do as spectacular. My grades were still awesome, but not as awesome as they could have been.

College is a big balance beam. You have to balance the things you get involved in, the time with your friends, and time to study and do well. My advice is, get involved, but do it slowly. Join a club, get used to being involved in it, and if you still have time join something else. College is the time to try new things, stay up late, and enjoy being a young adult. Do those things, but still make time for the library and the study groups.

Your freshman year of college, unlike high school, is one of the best years of your life. Live it up, study hard, and learn as much as you can about as many things as you can!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What am I Doing with my Life?

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The scariest part (we think) of going to college is picking a major. You get out of high school, and all of the sudden the entire world is pressuring you to make huge decisions about your future and one of the biggest is your career path.

I have known since high school what I wanted to do, and that has always been nursing. I know for some it isn't that easy, but I chose nursing for many reasons.

In High School, we had this program called Health Academy. Basically, you applied for it your 8th grade year, and then throughout high school you could explore emergency medicine, dentistry, or nursing. I chose the nursing path, and became a Certified Nursing Assistant before I graduated. I got to experience clinicals, get an intro into anatomy, and learn skills like teamwork and patience that I would need in a professional career. I realized that I have the heart for it and it is something I could see myself doing for the long run.

While it can't be that easy for everyone, I have a little advice. Do some research. Take some random intro classes and feel out what you want to do. Most importantly, make sure you do something that makes you happy, and YOU only. You are the one who has to do it for the rest of your life.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why I Chose South!

For me, College decisions were really tough. At first, I was dead set on attending the University of Alabama, and I was so excited. One day, My best friend mentioned something about South. Since my parents weren't too keen on me going out of state to school, they told me I could apply to both South and Alabama, but with that, I had to choose two schools in Florida as well.

October of my Senior year, there was a day similar to USA Day, but at Alabama, and we also scheduled a tour at South. That weekend, I realized that Alabama sounded good, but it was just way to big for this small town girl. I didn't feel comfortable, and I was really intimidated. I couldn't get past the fact that it just didn't feel like home, and I didn't feel like I could really make my life there.

When I came to South, I was blown away with how different it felt. I could see myself going to classes there, and I could see myself living on campus. South was smaller, and way less intimidating than Alabama. I loved that I could picture myself on campus, and from that day on I knew it was my home. I came for USA Day in February, and if it was even possible, I felt more at home than I had before. When we were on the way home, my parents told me that they could make it happen as long as I applied for all the scholarships I could.

I couldn't be happier with my decision to move here to mobile, or to attend South. Since being here I have had so many wonderful opportunities that I wouldn't trade for the world, and have accomplished so many things. I am so proud to be a Jaguar!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The not so Scary First Week of Class!

Every year, no matter what grade you're in, you always get nervous for the first day of school. So you're probably even more nervous about the first day of school at a University, because lets face it, for many of you, you're not just starting at a new school, but in a new city. For me, I was 6 hours away from home and no one else from my school decided on South. My advice is this:

1). Find an orientation buddy, and stick with them. find someone in your major and make sure you have a class or two (or in my case all) with them. That way you know a person in your classes and you won't be totally alone.

2). Know where you are going before you wake up for your first class. I went the Sunday before classes and found all my buildings and figured out how to walk there. It really helped the first day when I went to go to class.

3). Don't freak out. The first week of classes are always the easiest (for most), and too much stress can cause you not to have a good week. Make sure you have something fun planned for that weekend to kinda release the tension and stress from starting somewhere new, and to celebrate that you survived the first week!

The first week of classes is always the scariest, but you'll feel right at home before you know it!