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!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Real Reason to Attend College

Senior year of high school can be extremely stressful. All that stress can often lead you to ask why should I even go to college. Well I'm glad you asked! As a soon to be college graduate, I can tell you how important college is to you and your future. I'm not going to waste your time giving you all the usual reasons adults tell you why you should go to college, like to get a better job. That is true, but college is so much more than getting a good job. You should go to college because of all the things you will learn outside of the classroom. There are so many things I would not know if I had not gone to college.

  • For example: I would not know my amazing roommate. I have learned what it is like to live on my own with a roommate. 
  • I would not have had the opportunity to intern at a Cardiac Rehab facility 
  • I would not have gained more appreciation for my parents and what they do for me
  • I would not  appreciated my small home town. There is nothing like coming back home after being awhile.
  • I would be a completely different person today if I had not gone to college
I understand college may not be for everyone, but I highly encourage you to give it a try for at least one semester before you make that decision. How do you know that you will not like something that you have never tried. I am thankful for all things college has taught me and I look forward to what the future holds after graduation. I can look back on my senior year of high school and remember all of these graduates say you will miss high school. No, for some of you I can promise you that you will not miss it. I have never missed high school. College is the opportunity to start fresh and possible become the person you always wanted to be. Don't worry if you do not know who that person is yet. You will figure it out and I think that is what college truly teaches you. So be open to all of the lessons that are about to come your way! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

How I Have Fun

A college workload can be rough so, it is important to have ways to unwind outside of class. South is located in the best place for that! One of my favorite things to do outside of class is go to the beach. The beach is only about an hour away from campus. And nothing says relax like a day spent laying on the beach. If I can't make it to the beach, then I usually try to get outside to enjoy our beautiful weather. I have an eno, which is a parachute hammock, and if it is pretty I will find two trees on campus to hang it between. As a student at South, you get into all of our sporting events for free. We have some great teams in the Sun Belt conference too! Catching a softball game in the spring time is a fun way to spend your day and show support to the lady Jags. Last, I like to head to the rec center to try and burn a few calories. The rec center offers several different classes you can take and I have been attending the yoga class on Friday evenings. I have also been using the pool to get ready for my lifeguard certification test. As you can see there are several things you can do to fill your free time and most of the don't cost that much which is always a plus as a college student.
Eno Fun! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hardest Part of College

When someone ask me what is the hardest part of college, several things run through my mind. The first may be just what has troubled me that day. For instance, today's answer would be food. Yes the cliche answer of having to cook for myself. On the other hand if you asked me Saturday, my answer would have been being sick and my mom is not here to take care of me. The most difficult aspect of college is becoming responsible for yourself.

If you move out for college, you gain so many new responsibilities. For example. getting up on time for classes. Then actually going to classes. Now you have to make sure that you have clean clothes and food to eat. All of that can be overwhelming at first, but it gets easier I promise. After a few weeks, you will have a routine set up. For instance, my first class on Monday and Wednesday is not till 10:10 that means if I don't get up to swim I can do laundry. Tip laundry room is completely empty in the morning! If you struggle getting up in the morning, you have the freedom to determine when your first class will be. If you are not a morning person don't take an 8 am class. Now eventually you may have to take one but at least by then you have the hang of this college thing.

Each student struggles with different aspects of college at first, so don't compare your life with someone else's. Figure out the problem then work to see what helps you the most. But don't be scared to ask for help. Just because you are in college now doesn't mean you have all of the answers. There has been several times I called my mom about how to wash something or how to cook something. If you do mess up then learn from your mistakes and hopefully you can look back on in later and laugh.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Me and My Major

I pretty much always knew I wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy. But how to get there hasn't always been so clear. I first started as a biology major. But once I arrived at South and I was informed I would have to take a foreign language I changed it. Advisers will tell you how hard it is to get into physical therapy school and it is! So, you should chose a major that you can fall back on in case things don't work out like you thought they would. That is why I chose exercise science as my major. Once I graduate in May, I know I have several different options available to me. I can attend physical therapy school or grad school. I can also become a physical trainer just to name a few. Exercise science is a great major where you  learn how the body responds to exercise. It has equipped me with knowledge that I know will be useful when  I get into physical therapy school. That's important because I don't want to feel like I wasted my time. Hopefully you will have no problem choosing your major.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Home Away from Home

Where to attend college is a pretty big decision that you have to make at a pretty young age. There are multiple factors that you should consider, like to go out of state or the size of the university. My senior year my father was very clear he was not paying out of state fees, so I knew to keep my search in state. But I love my home state of Alabama so that was not a big deal for me. I also knew I did not want to attend a large university. I wanted to be able to get to know my professors.

I looked at South while I was in high school, but that was about it. I went to a community college for two years after high school then transferred to South.  When it was time for me to transfer, I was between a university close to home and South Alabama. I wanted to know that I could make it on my own so I chose the school 5 hours away. And it has been one of the best decisions I have made! There are other reasons why I choose South, for example I wanted that campus atmosphere. We have a beautiful campus here in Mobile. Its not large and its not too small.

The location of South Alabama played a big role in my decision as well. We are only an hour away from the beach! The beach has always been one of my favorite places. I have enjoyed living so close to it for the past three years. I will be sad when I can't go to the beach for just a day. The town of Mobile is beautiful as well with its old home and massive tress with hanging Spanish moss. And lets not forget Mardi Gras. What other university in the state gets out for Fat Tuesday.

Lastly, but most importantly South has my major. South Alabama is one of four schools in the state that has a physical therapy department. The Allied Health building that houses our department is beautiful. It is one of our newer building so it has all the of current technologies. The resources you need for apply for physical therapy school is right at your finger tips. Even though at this moment I will not be attending physical therapy school at South, I am so glad I choose this university to be my alma mater.
My first visit to South Alabama