Monday, November 17, 2014

For This I Am Thankful.

Gobble, gobble, gobble!! Yes, indeed, it's that time of year again - Thanksgiving!! A time to set aside with the family and eat tons of yummy, delicious food like turkey, ham, rolls, dumplings, a casserole for everything, and much, much more. But during this time, we also have to be thankful for all of the wonderful things we have been blessed with throughout the year. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, these are a few of the many things I am thankful for here at South:
  1. Friends. You've heard me say this before will probably hear me say it again, I am so very blessed to have the best friends that South Alabama has to offer. From freshman year to senior year, I have met some of the best people who have helped me get through this crazy thing called college life. They are my second family when I'm away from home, and I could not have made it this far without them.
  2. My OT department and family. You would think after spending almost every waking moment with the same 30 people every single day during the week that I would get so tired of them. Well, you would be wrong. I am so thankful to be in the best OT department in the state (maybe a little bias there) with the best faculty and thankful for my 30 wonderful classmates that I would not trade for the world (even when things get hectic and people get crazy).
  3. My roomies. Talk about the perfect match, that would be us. Despite being completely different in taste in about everything possible, these two girls have laughed with me, cried with me, stressed with me, and celebrated with me. They are the best roommates I could have ever asked for, and for them, I am truly thankful.
  4. Graduation. In t-minus 173 day (or 5 months and 22 days), I will officially be a South Alabama graduate!! That may not sound crazy to you, but to me, it feels like I just stepped on South's campus as a freshman yesterday. I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to attend such an awesome university and will be proud to forever be a South Alabama Jaguar!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Places To Go...

If you've never visited South Alabama's campus before, first off, you are missing out on one beautiful place and an awesome atmosphere to go to school. But if you have come to visit us, you may have realized that we have plenty of great spots to study, hang out with friends, have a picnic, or even just have a quiet moment for yourself.
My favorite spot on campus would have to be the Marx Library. I know, I know...it sounds super nerdy, but hear me out here. The library is probably my favorite because I can get so much accomplished there. While at home trying to write a paper or study for an exam, I get so easily distracted by the tv, my iPad, my phone, whatever, but at the library, I can put all of that away and focus more easily on my task at hand. Plus, it's an easy, common place to meet with my other classmates to work on group projects. And wait there's more! My favorite spot is a favorite within a favorite! Within the library, there is every college kid's favorite place - Starbucks!! Starbucks is also one of my favorite places to go to meet friends, work on homework, study, or whatever else I need to do because there's that little bit of noise so it isn't too quiet and the smell of coffee is just heavenly to me. Plus, it's also pretty convenient if I need a quick snack or another coffee to help me stay awake. South students can also use their bonus bucks from their meal plan at the library Starbucks, so it's a win-win for everyone!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

All About That JagSwag

Every Jaguar has got to have their JagSwag! Now, you're probably thinking "JagSwag? What is that?" Well, I'm glad you asked. Here at South Alabama, JagSwag refers to your South Alabama printed or colored shirts, shoes, hats, backpacks, binders, notebooks, pens, necklaces, earrings, rings, pajamas...pretty much about anything you can wear in red, blue, white, or with a Jaguar on it.
I actually came to South with only 5 South Alabama items in my wardrobe - 3 shirts I had been given on visits and 2 that I got at orientation. Now, I have more JagSwag than I could have ever imagined. But between all the pajamas, event shirts, and Jaguar stuff I have accumulated over the last 4 years, my favorite JagSwag items would have to be:
  • My South Alabama pull-over. This is perfect for class because it's lightweight and easy to take with you everyday. Trust me, sometimes in those freezing cold classrooms, you need an extra layer, and nothing warms you better than some JagSwag.
  • My South Alabama necklace. This has become my go-to piece for all of my game day outfits. It's not too chunky that it looks awkward and not too small that it can't be seen. It's the perfect accessory for anything red, white, blue, or Jaguar print.
  • My South Alabama t-shirts. Saying I have too many of South shirts would be a giant understatement to most people. I have probably collected more than 30 South shirts in my 4 years, and the collection continues to grow all the time. But you can never love your school too much, right?
Check out our JagSwag! You can see some of my favorites here!
Those are my favorites, and I'm sure all of you future Jaguars will find your favorites too once you begin your own JagSwag collections. If you want to check out some of our Jaguars donning their awesome JagSwag, click here to see some "Fashion Ambush" articles from al.com.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This Would Be My Favorite!

Here at South, there are literally activities to do almost every single night like just last week a man known as "The Regurgitator" came to South for a special event by Jaguar Productions and next month two of our sororities on campus have their annual events of Songfest and Alpha Male. With everything going on, there is almost no reason to be bored on this campus; all you have to do is just get involved with it!
But with everything going on here, there are always those favorite events that you love participating in each year. For me, my favorite event is homecoming week. During homecoming week, we have the parade, Junk the Jungle, the homecoming carnival, and, of course to wrap up the week, the homecoming game. It's so fun to be involved with your organization and help build the homecoming float. I actually was able to do this my sophomore year with the Pre-OT Club on campus, and it was so much fun to paint and pomp with all my friends. Later that week, some other JagGuides and I got together and went to the carnival - the most fun part of homecoming next to the game. There are fun games, fun photo opportunities, and, this particular year, there was a magician that ended the night with his crazy but amazing show. Plus if you sign in to the carnival under your club or organization, it gives you points toward your club's homecoming score.
My friend and I had our silhouettes made at the carnival. How cool is that?! 
No matter what activity you choose on campus, the most important part is to get involved! You'll make some awesome memories, and maybe even have a favorite one you are sure to attend each year.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OT: Way To Be!

As I mentioned in a past blog, I recently started my first year of graduate school for occupational therapy, and so far, I am loving every minute of it because I know I will need everything I learn when I have clients of my own in the future. That being said, I bet you can guess what kind of class my all-time favorite class at South was? Yep, an OT class - more specifically OT 201. While that is not one of my real  OT school classes, it did give me the foundation I needed to be where I am today. So, why is it my favorite class ever? Well...
It all started my freshman year when I realized that physical therapy just was not going to be "my thing" in life; that was when I first heard about and looked into occupational therapy. Since I didn't have a clear foundation or idea what OT really was, I decided that taking this class would give me my answer - was this what I wanted to do, or was I about to change my major yet again? Obviously, since I've already told you the end of the story, I loved the class! The class material covered all aspects of OT as well as the process of becoming an OT student, and I found myself loving the field more and more each day.
But, surprisingly, the material wasn't the best part of the class! My favorite part was my professor (who is actually my professor again now) - Mrs. Sasse. Like her name says, she is a sassy, fun-loving, passionate teacher who exudes love of the OT profession. Her real-life stories from her clinical experience as well as her experience as a South OT school graduate made everything we learned come to life because she had experienced it herself and used that as her basis of teaching us about OT. After all that has happened since that class, I can honestly say that I would probably not be where I am right now, as an advanced undergraduate OT student, without taking OT 201 and meeting Mrs. Sasse. She ensured me, as well as the other student in our class, that if we truly pursued our dream of being in OT school that  we could and would achieve that goal and go on to become wonderful OTs in the future.

*fun times in OT school so far!*
So if you think occupational therapy may be for you, I definitely encourage you to make the time to take OT 201; it truly will be a huge asset to you when applying to OT school.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Got That Spirit!!

"We got that spirit! So come on let's here it! S-P-I-R-I-T!" School spirit - whether it's for football, basketball, soccer, baseball, whatever, everyone has it, and there are many ways to show it. You can scream for your favorite team on the tv or wear your school colors. You can even yell a quick "go team!". Other school's may have their favorite team sayings (like something about rolling or another something about war), but I can promise you that nothing will warm your heart more than a prideful "GO JAGS!!" (You can give it a try. I promise it's true!)
With this week being our homecoming week (#clashoftheclaws14), it's only fitting that I tell you about what I feel best represents South Alabama school spirit - pre-game tailgating with all of your closest friends. Why is that my favorite you ask? Well, first off, there's food, and who doesn't like game day food?! Personally, my friends and I have mastered the art of making most foods either red or blue to fit with our tailgate theme, and then, there's the smell of grills and barbeque filling the air that simply cannot be matched. Next, there are games, and I don't know about you, but cornhole and game day go hand-in-hand in my book. Lastly, there's the comradery between the students and fans alike. Rest assured if you tailgate before a South game at Ladd, almost every single person (whether student, long-time fan, alumni, staff, or faculty) walking by will greet you with a good 'ole "Go Jags!" It literally just does not get any better! Then, all of Jag Nation walks over to Ladd and cheers our Jaguars on to victory. Believe me, if it's something you have yet to be a part of, you are definitely missing out. "We're number one! Second to none! N-U-M-B-E-R ONE!"
*photo courtesy of al.com*

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Experiences With New Friends

College is full of new and unique experiences. Believe it or not, no matter the school you choose to attend those experiences will be different from one's you would have experienced elsewhere at a different school. But new experiences are a wonderful thing, and that's what makes college life so much fun.
So, what was a unique South experience for me? Well, it may seem kind of cheesy to some people, but just stay with me here. My unique South experience would have to be having to meet all new college friends. And yes, I do mean having to. After choosing to attend South Alabama, I realized no one I knew from home or anywhere was planning on coming down here; in fact, all of my friends were planning on attending almost every other school in Alabama except South. For someone who had had the same big group of friends since elementary school, the whole "having to make all new friends because you now have none" thing was way outside of my comfort zone. But my family helped me our by telling me a quote maybe you have heard as well: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." For such a small quote, those are some huge words of wisdom! My first little beyond my comfort zone experience was talking to people sitting around me in class, and that lead to meeting their friends. Those lead to going to club meetings with them and meeting even more people, and then if you have a job (on campus or off), you make even more friends. Basically, it just keeps going on and on until you suddenly realize you have tons of wonderful people to make the best memories with. And now, by this point in my college career, I have no problem meeting new friends, and surprisingly, I actually really enjoy it!