Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sweet Summer Time!

Two finals stand between me and summer! May 9th I graduate college then I am in the "real world". So this summer will be kinda different than ones in the past. I am going to get a bug girl job and work while I study for the GRE and get ready to apply to physical therapy school again. I will not bore you with that stuff. Lets talk about the fun things I will get to do. My summer plans include kayaking, pool time, baseball games and as many concerts as I can go to.  I know I will be going to Rock the South which is an outdoor concert near my home town in north Alabama. I did not get to go last year since I took classes over the summer.  Concerts are one of my favorite things so I am really looking forward to going.
 Another thing I will be going to is baseball games. I will go see the Birmingham Barons and maybe even a Braves game. The new Barons field is great!

I look forward to what this summer may bring. For many of you this is the summer before you start college. I hope you enjoy one of you last care free summers! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Finals Means One Thing!

When I hear the word finals the first thing or first word that comes to my mind is THE END! The end of a semester or this time the end of college. Finals week can be rough but I just remind myself the end is in sight. All I have to do is push through the week and  I get a break. I try not to procrastinate too  much before finals but it happens to the best of us. I think the best way to prepare for finals is keeping your grades up in all of your classes. That means you are not stressing over needing to get a high test grade to pass the class or keep your A. My goal for my last semester of college was to get all A's. I have kept that goal so far! As my dad says every semester around finals, "finish strong" and that is what I plan to do! The one thing you can look forward to in terms of college finals compared to high school, in college you get out sooner. In the spring that means summer gets here faster! While you may still have a few weeks till you finals I wish you all the best of luck. Be confident in yourself and never go back and change an answer on a test. Follow your gut!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

I always think about that little saying when the month of April rolls around. Mobile's weather has its ups and downs. Generally the weather is perfect, but on occasions we have a week that it rains everyday. If that is the case when you are down here then try some of my rain proof tips. First, make sure you have a rain jacket, an umbrella, and rain boots. It would not hurt to have a backpack that is rain resistant. Then you will not have to worry about your books and notebooks getting ruined. Second take advantage of the rec center where we have an indoor basketball, volleyball court and soccer field. We also have an indoor rock wall. Those are all fun things that you can do to avoid the rain. You can also take advantage of our $5 movie tickets from Jaguar Productions. Most importantly remember that it will not last forever.  Eventually the rain will stop and the sky is always so blue after a big rain.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Choose a Career Not a Job

My career goals have changed slightly since I started here at South. If you plan to purse physical
therapy, trust me when I say it is difficult to get in. I did not get in my first try, but I'm not letting that stop me! I plan to work as a physical therapy tech this year while I wait to reapply. I m confident that South has prepared me for this job and for the future when I enter PT school. During my "off" year I will take the time to explore my options for a backup plan. Or I may change my mind completely about PT school. Regardless of my future career I know South will send me off in May with a firm foundation. When I first started as an exercise science major I did not know all of the different options that I could purse with that degree. I could become an athletic trainer for example. My teachers and adviser has shown me all the potential that my major has. If you are unsure of what major you want to purse, make sure that you are not limited in the one you do choose. Pick the major that not matter what happens you will be prepared to adjust to the changes and move forward.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Where Is My Time Machine?

How many times have you wished you could have the opportunity to do something again? I am the type of person that chooses not to regret things in life because I feel that is a waste of your time. The past is in the past. In life we don't get a do over, but if I had a do over South this is what I would do over. First I would do over some classes. As horrible as that sounds, I would do over my physic and chemistry class to see if I could get the grade I want. I knew then that grades and GPA was important, but I am seeing now how important they truly are to future academics. Second, I would have got involved in clubs sooner. I didn't get to spend a lot of time in my clubs due to other obligations so I wish I would have started sooner. In addition to that I wish I could have participated more in volunteering events. I have always loved volunteering and I have missed being able to do that. Its hard to put yourself out there, but looking back now I know I would have been fine if I had just stepped out in faith. Third, I wish I would have took the time to really enjoy all the things Mobile has to offer. Now that I am getting ready to leave, I am soaking it all in for the next four weeks. I will miss this town and the surrounding areas. It will be a priority of mine to come back and visit as much as I can next year, especially since I have friends that will still be down here. While I have told you somethings that I wish I could do over, the truth is I wouldn't change anything about my time here at South. If things would have went different I may not be where I am today. That fact can be a good thing and a bad thing. Either way I can look back at my time here with no regrets. I love South and it will always hold a special place in my heart!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Road Full of Opportunities

If I had to choose one word to describe being a student at South Alabama, it would be OPPORTUNITY. As a South Alabama Jaguar I have had so many opportunities to grow, to learn, and to experience new things.

I have had the opportunity to grow so much while here. I grew as a leader by being a orientation leader last summer. Since South is five hours from home it gave me the space to grow into the person I want to be. All of the space also made me grow up. As I get ready to leave South I feel like I have grown to be confident in myself and to trust my instincts.

South has also given me the opportunity to learn. I have learned so much in and out of the classroom. Not only have I gained the knowledge I need for my major but I have learned things about myself. I have learned to trust in myself that I have retained all of the material. I also learned that I have what it takes to be a lifeguard. For years I said I wanted to get my lifeguard certification. I made it my goal for 2015. And I was given the opportunity to make that goal a reality last weekend.

Last, I have had the opportunity to experience so many new things! I have attend Mardi Gras parades. I have seen what it is like to live close to the beach. I was able to experience my first hurricane while living on the gulf. This past year I have held an intern position at Providence Rehab and Wellness Center. I mainly work in the cardiac rehab. My internship has been an amazing experience.

College is full of opportunities for those with an open mind. If you want to see the world, then take the opportunity to study abroad. Whatever you want to do or learn South has that opportunity ready for you. Don't be scared and just go for it!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Somewhere Sunny and 75!

Spring is a beautiful time here in Mobile. Sometimes it feels like we skip spring and go straight to summer. That was the case last week with the temperature in the 80's. I loved every second of it! It may seem simple, but my favorite thing to do once it warms up is just to sit outside. South has a beautiful campus with several places to just sit and soak up some vitamin D.

One of my favorite spots to sit is the bell tower. It is a great place to sit and people watch since it is in the middle of campus. Last week, while on break during classes, I was there enjoying the sunshine and watched this cute family explore campus and take pictures. On the weekends, when campus is not as busy I will take a book to the bell tower and read by the fountain.

Spring time means baseball and softball. While you are a student, all sporting events are free. My roommate and I take advantage of this and go watch  games. The baseball team has Friday night fireworks, so even if we don't go to the game that night we will sit outside and watch the fireworks. We live right beside the baseball field, so we have great seats. Winter is such a dreary seasons, so when I am able to sit outside in the spring it immediately brightens my mood. I embrace the pollen to enjoy the sunshine any day I can!