There are many things for me to be thankful for as a South Alabama student. Mainly I am thankful for the friends I have made here! First of all, I am thankful for my great roommate that I was randomly assigned with when I moved here. We have lived with each other for the past three years. South would truly not be the same without her. We have made so many great memories and I know she will be a life long friend!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
One of the main reasons I chose to attend South Alabama instead of UAB is that I wanted that campus atmosphere. University of Alabama at Birmingham or UAB is in the heart of Birmingham and I didn't want to go to an urban school. South has a great campus, its not too big or too small. We have a beautiful campus which makes it enjoyable to walk to my classes. Some of my favorite places on campus is the Moulton Bell Tower. This summer I sat there for hours and read. My new favorite place is the student center that reopened last Spring after it was renovated. There are tons of places to sit and work on homework or get a coffee from Java City and catch up with friends. South is blessed to have beautiful weather which includes a mild winter and the student center has tables outside where you can enjoy it. If you have not visited our lovely campus yet, do your self a favor and come on down. We have daily tours and we have Saturday preview days called USA Day. Let us show you where your new favorite spot will be!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Here at South Alabama we all have swag, Jag Swag that is. Jag Swag is how we show our school spirit through clothes, hats, or pretty much anything you can buy at the campus book store. I have several South Alabama shirts! Some of my favorites are the ones I got from the clubs I am in. And trust me with the cold coming I will be getting me a new South sweatshirt. My other one is what I like to call well loved. I love wearing my South Alabama shirts when I go home so everyone will know what university I attend. I am always proud of my Jags. Funny story my mom was wearing one of her South Alabama shirts on a trip recently to Savannah, Georgia and I gentleman said, "Go Jags" as he walked by. It just goes to show we have Jags all over! So where ever you go show off your Jag Swag!
Get your official Jag wear at the campus bookstore
Thursday, October 30, 2014
One of my favorite events that I have attended here at South would have to be Songfest. Songfest is put on by our Chi Omegas to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. All of the sororities fraternities and a few independent clubs put together a routine where they dance and sing. Last year the theme was Dreams Do Come True or a Disney theme. The theme for this year is one hit wonders, which I think is the cutest idea. What makes the event even more special is that a child from make a wish is in attendance and he or she gets to give an award to their favorite. Last year they were able to grant a child's dream to go to Disney World. They presented a check for $23,000 to Make a Wish of Mobile. I would encourage all new students or students that have never went to go.
Here is a picture from last year's performance of High School Musical by Chi Omega
Thursday, October 23, 2014
While at South Alabama I have had great professors and classes. One professor that comes to mind is Dr. Mitchell. I have had him for Exercise Physiology, Sport and Conditioning, and Drug Ed. Because of him these were some of my favorite classes. Dr. Mitchell is not your normal professor. He doesn't wear a suite and tie every day instead he might be wearing a Foo Fighters t-shirt. He looks like your typical surfer guy because he is one. Dr. Mitchell is original from California and did not go straight through college. He worked some odd jobs so he always has a good story to tell in class. He is a professor you are not shy to stop him and ask him questions in class. When asked questions he goes in depth about the subject resulting in you having a better understanding of the material. He makes the class and learning enjoyable. I would highly recommend him to all of my exercise science majors!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! No I'm not chanting United States of America, but University of South Alabama! You don't know school spirit until you are in a crowded student section of a game and are chanting that with them. That represents school spirit to me more than anything. U-S-A just rolls off the tongue because I'm sure everyone of you has said it before. But have you yelled it before? The feeling of school spirit just fills the atmosphere. Even the timid and shy fans do not hesitate to join in. South Paw and Miss Pawla are always either in the crowd or leading the chant. I think we have two of the greatest mascots! I'm afraid my words have not done the feeling of yelling are letters justice. You will just have to come to a game to see what I am talking about. And join in!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
College is full of some many new experiences as long as you are open to them. I was so excited to move to Mobile and see what South had in store for me. I have had so much fun these past three years. Two of my favorite memories are playing oozeball and being a Southbound orientation leader this past summer.
Oozeball is a long standing tradition here at South Alabama were you play volleyball in the mud. Mud so thick and deep once you get into the court you can not move. I played last spring with some other jag guides and we had a blast. When the day was over I was covered in mud from head to toe. We did not win a game but that did not bother me because we were laughing the whole time. I do not know many other universities where you can play mud volleyball. I cant wait for this spring so we can play again.
I was fortunate to be able to be a Southbound orientation leader this past summer. It was so much fun getting to work with fellow students I had not meet before and becoming fast friends. That is what happens when you have to be up and ready at 5:45 in the summertime. I also enjoyed getting to meet all of the incoming freshman and showing them around their new home. I would say we had a fun time touring campus, visiting the college fair, eating lunch together and registering them for classes. I was able to tell them all about the wonderful things here at South and tell them why I love it so much here.
Who knows if i would have been able to experience these things if I had not come to South. You just have to not be scared to step out of your comfort zone or life will just pass you by.