Sunday, April 19, 2015

It's About Learning to Dance in the Rain!

Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day! This has probably been the theme song of my life for the past week! I kid you not it has literally rained every single day since last weekend. As I told y’all earlier in my springtime blog, South typically has some pretty great weather and mix that with being close to the beach, and you have like the most perfect place ever to spend four years!
While normally that's what our weather looks like, we do get a few curveballs thrown at us sometimes, and one of those is rain. When telling people I had decided to attend South, the first thing most people told me to do was invest in a good rain jacket and some rain boots! Originally, I thought they were just joking, but I am so happy I listened. Rain boots and an umbrella are almost like a necessity. Luckily, they make rain boots super cute, so I enjoy wearing them on those rainy Mobile days and splashing around in a few puddles on my way to class. Plus, my favorite part of the rainy days is that, right after it rains, it clears up, the sun comes out, and it's back to the perfect, normal Mobile weather. Personally, my favorite way to spend a rainy day is watching movies with my roomies, but sometimes it’s time to get out and embrace the rainy day to have some fun! Like this past weekend, even though it was raining, I made a trip to the USS Alabama, the outlet mall in Foley, the movies, and the beach. Now granted it wasn’t the best weather to be out and about doing everything I had planned, but I didn’t melt (as the old saying goes), and, actually, it was pretty fun still even when we got rained inside the battleship and a few stores at the outlets for a little while.
Basically, even though Mobile can be super rainy (and I mean really rainy…like rainiest city in the US per the WeatherBill in San Francisco), put on that rain jacket and pull up your rain boots and go have some fun! A little bit of rain water never hurt anyone!

Monday, April 13, 2015

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be.....

When I grow up, I want to be… Do you remember thinking when you were a kid what you wanted to be when you grew up? Maybe a fireman or policeman? Maybe a ballerina or a princess? For the longest time, I always wanted to be a veterinarian because I wanted to play with dogs all day long. Then, one day, someone told me that’s not exactly what they do, so I changed my mind pretty quickly. As I’ve said before I haven’t always wanted to be an occupational therapist, but now that that’s where I am in my life, I couldn’t be happier.
If you’ve been reading my blog or if you’ve ever even skimmed over it, you’ve probably noticed that OT is my life and what I want to do for the rest of my life. But I thought I might give you a little more insight on the goals I have in mind for my career as an OT. As an OT, I can work in many different kinds of settings like nursing homes, hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, and many more. My dream OT job, however, would to be able to work in an outpatient rehab clinic with stroke patients. These patients interest me the most because, in one of my shadowing days, I was able to watch a lady who just 8 months earlier was unable to move her left arm due to a stroke actually moving weighted therapy balls up onto a shelf (kind of like putting up dishes at home) with her left arm. It was truly amazing and helped me decided that I wanted to help people just like that. Thankfully, I attend a great school which has helped me in achieving these goals! South has an awesome OT program, and I was blessed last April to be chosen to start that program a whole year early as an advanced undergrad student. This opportunity has given me the chance to meet my wonderful classmates who I love, to learn a whole lot (and I mean a whooooole lot) about the field that I love, and, soon, to actually go out and practice in fieldwork as an occupational therapy student. I am so blessed to attend South Alabama where I was given the chance of a lifetime to chase my dreams to help me achieve my dream career goals!
P.S. Since I’m writing about OT and how much I love it, I only find it appropriate now to wish everyone a happy OT month!! Occupational Therapy: Transforming Lives, Building Independence

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I Call a Do Over!!

Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re like “I really wish I could do that over again”? I know I have…and more times than once at that. Though I believe that everything does happen for a reason, there are some things that I wonder what it would be like if I could redo something.

Throughout my college career, there aren’t actually very many things that I would choose to do over again if given the chance. I suppose if I truly had to choose one thing to do over I would more than likely choose to get involved sooner. If I've said it once then I think I've probably said it a million time, it is SO important to be involved on campus. Take it from someone who didn't really care to be involved in anything her first few months at South, it is not at all fun to sit in your room and do homework/watch TV every single night while your friends are out having fun with organizations they are involved in; it's actually pretty much the most boring feeling in the world, so I had to get out and find something I liked. Finally, I ended up being involved in about 6 clubs at once, and while it was sometimes super busy, I never enjoyed anything in college more than being involved, getting to meet new people, and making many new friends. Also, one awesome thing about South is there is literally a club for everyone! South offers over 200 clubs (check out the list here) and organization for students, so there is no possible way to not find at least one that you could enjoy!! Getting involved in at least one club or organization will make a huge difference in your college experience and will make your time at South so much more enjoyable. Can't find one you like or think of another club that would be cool to have? Start your own club (where do you think all of these clubs came from)! So you may miss your favorite TV show one night, call mom and tell her to record it to watch next time you come home or watch the rerun when it comes on because once you get involved with a group on campus, you'll be having too much fun with all of your new friends to even think about the fact you missed it!

So, the moral of the story is – get involved early! I promise you will not regret it one bit, and it will make your college life so much more fun and enjoyable! I only wish I had gotten involved sooner, so I would have had more time to spend in the clubs I loved and with the best friends I could ever ask for.

One of my favorite clubs I was ever involved in and actually blessed to serve as Vice President for - Pre-OT Club!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One Word to Sum It All Up

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” [Robin Williams] As we’ve all been told since we were little kids, words are a powerful thing. But try thinking about one word to describe something. That’s a pretty difficult task if you ask me. For this week, though, I’m going to give it a try and tell you one word that describes South to me. So here we go. My one word to describe South is…
Okay, big word. So let’s start with a little definition (courtesy of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary): “to supply something with light, to shine light on something, to make something clear and easier to understand.” So why this word, you ask? Well, I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase “the light at the end of the tunnel,” right? You know like when you reach the end of something like high school or college, you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Well, that’s kind of how I see South for me. When I first came to South, I didn’t truly know what I wanted to major in though I thought I had an idea, I had no idea what it was like to live away from my family, I had no idea how to make new friends, and things like that, so it’s kind of like coming up to the tunnel and being totally in the dark with only a little, teeny-tiny flashlight. But as I’ve taken classes, gotten used to life at South, met lots of new friends, and had tons of fun experiences, I started to accomplish new things, and at that point,  I could  look around in my tunnel with a big flashlight (think camping flashlight). Now that I’m only a little over a month away from the end of the tunnel, I can really see the light, but I can also look back at all the fun over the last four years and see how South has opened my mind to new thoughts and ideas, exposed me to other individuals from different places, and expanded my world. It has certainly challenged my ability to achieve goal, but it has also expanded my knowledge base and gave me more confidence than I started my college life with. South has truly shined a new light on many things that, in high school, I thought I never would accomplish.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Here for a Good Time in the Springtime!

Spring has officially sprung y’all!!  What’s better than springtime in the south than springtime at South?! With beautiful, sunshine-y summer days perfect for heading to the beach, followed by perfectly cool fall days great for cheering on our football team every weekend (Go Jags!), then cooler but still just as pleasant winter days just enough to give us a glimpse of cold, South’s campus is beautiful throughout the year. However, to wrap up the school year, campus becomes particularly beautiful with wonderful spring days that are just right when it comes to weather and good for a nice day outside with friends. Plus now it is finally warm enough but not yet too hot to walk to class and actually enjoy it.  Simply put, it’s just a great time to be on campus.
One of my favorite things about campus during the spring would be finally being able to enjoy our amazing pool at the rec center. If you guys haven’t seen it yet, you are in for a treat when you get on campus. It has multiple different styles of pools all wrapped into one big area, a hot tub on the side, and plenty of lounge chairs to go around. After a long day in class or on the weekend with all of my friends, this is my go to spot when it finally gets warm enough to go outside.
Aaaaaaaand play ball! Another one of my favorite springtime activities would definitely have to be cheering on the Jags at a baseball or softball game. I love getting together a group of friends and heading over to Stanky Field to watch the Jags, and if you happen to go on a Friday night, they also have Friday Night Fireworks! How awesome is that?
So, if you’re ever on campus, be sure to take a moment to look around at our beautiful campus, but especially if you’re here during the spring, rest assured that you will find plenty of fun activities to do to enjoy the wonderful, warm weather!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

So Why Is This Important Again...

Show of hands, how many of you at one point in your life have heard these words from your parents: "College is important so make the best of it"? (raises both hands) I know I sure have and many more times than just once too. But, turns out, your parents (and mine too) were actually right this time (I know, it's shocking, right?). The choice to go to college is huge, and the choice of what degree you pursue is even more important. So, if any of you out there reading this are still wondering if mommy and daddy are right about this whole "college is important" business, then you have come to the right place because this week I have for you...
The Top 5 Reasons Why YOU Should Attend College
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  1. Money. (Cha-ching!!) If you didn't guess this one already, a college degree will directly influence your earning potential, and, for most people, your future income will multiply. And who doesn't want that?!
  2. Job Opportunities. Studies have proven that a college degree is more likely to land you a better job like that fabulous dream job that you've always wanted. Can you say big corner office with a gorgeous view?
  3. Education. This is a big one for me personally. Since my dream of being an occupational therapist requires me to attend graduate level school, it is impossible to get there without a prior undergraduate degree. Even if going to graduate school isn't in your plans for right now, you never know when you may wake up one day and decide you want to go to medical school, and with your college degree  already in hand, you'll be closer than you think!
  4. Marketability. As with most things in life, there are a whole bunch of people going for a little bit of something, and that, my friends, could be your dream job. Having a college degree could put you on a higher level than some other applicants because you will already be knowledgeable in the field you have chosen.
  5. Self-Satisfaction. I can't quite say this one from personal experience, but I'm almost there (like less than two months away). I promise you could ask any college graduate that has walked across the stage to get their diploma after four (or more) years of hard work how they feel at that very moment and get nearly the same answer from each of them. I bet they are pretty satisfied with their accomplishments so far in life and can't wait to see what's in store for them next.
And there you have it, everyone! Life is full of options and choices (like whether or not to attend college or what major to pursue) and each of those choices shapes how you're future will look. The possibilities are endless in college, and a college degree can open so many doors for you; all you have to do is go after it!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fun Times in the Neighborhood (aka Mobile)!!

Just because I'm in Mobile because of school doesn't mean that is all my life revolves around while I'm here; I mean come on we are all college kids here! And like ant other college kid out there, sometimes I need to de-stress and have a little fun! While it is super convenient that Mobile is located SO close to some great beaches (which I love), sometimes I don't have the time (or the money) to go all the way to the beach or just want to stay around Mobile for a fun day close to home.
So, of course, the next thing to wonder would be - what is there to do in Mobile? Well, I'm glad you asked! Mobile has plenty of entertainment to fit about any personality. You have the Mobile Art Walk, downtown life, amazing restaurants, wonderful shopping, and the list goes on! Personally, my favorite things to do in Mobile would be going out to eat and then a nice shopping trip. The first thing I knew when I moved down to Mobile was that it was certain to have some fantastic seafood fresh off the boat, and it has yet to disappoint me! I have plenty of places I love to go eat here (La Cocina, Foosackley's, San Miguel, Carrabba's, Bonefish, Lapp's, Tacky Jack's, and many more), but just to introduce one for great seafood, my all-time favorite Mobile restaurant is Felix's Fish Camp!
Inside Felix's is a really neat little place with all mismatched chairs; then, the food is amazing; and to tie it altogether, it's right by the bay, and you can see out while you eat! Simply the best!! After eating some wonderful Felix's food, it's time to go shopping! Mobile has some awesome little boutiques where you can find your unique items, and it even has your favorite stores from back home at the mall. It's like the best of both worlds! I know it might sound kind of typical for a girl to like eating and shopping, but don't knock it until you try it on your next visit to Mobile.
As an extra note of things I like to do in Mobile, one of my favorite times of the year in Mobile is Mardi Gras!! While Mardi Gras only comes around once a year, it's a great time to get together with all of your friends to go downtown for the parades! While you're on your Mobile visit, if you want to experience true Mobile style, you MUST check out at least one Mardi Gras parade! It definitely will be the highlight of any visit!