Tuesday, September 9, 2014

HEY! Go Jaguars!!!

Football season. If you're from any of the Southern states, football season is pretty much considered an actual true season right along with spring, summer, fall, and winter. Though our South Alabama team is still relatively new to the sport, that hasn't stopped us from making some pretty big strides in the football realm; in fact, we've even played teams as big as Tennessee, Troy, and Tulane (which we played in the Superdome)! Of course with all of these great games, there's always the fun memories you walk away with at the end of the night.
For me, my favorite football memory happened my sophomore year. It was the first EVER South Alabama-Troy game, and for those of you who don't know, Troy is our rival, so it was a huge deal! All of my friends had planned our first tailgating party complete with tons of yummy food and a good ole game of cornhole. Everyone was having so much fun until it happened...rain. Like all good Mobilians, we simply got under the tent and crossed our fingers that it would stop. To our complete surprise, it stopped! We (like everyone else there) grabbed our pom-poms and sprinted to the stadium to get good seats. But, of course, right when the game started, it started raining...again! Since we were already soaked, we decided to stick it out for our Jags! In the end, we did lose 31-10, but none of us remembered that minor detail.
A few good football memories!
All-in-all, that was the most fun football experience of my life! Win or lose, the most important aspect of it all was having a blast with my friends and sticking it out, rain or shine, with #JagNation!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Road To College Life.

From high school life to college life...I don't know about you, but to me, that sounds like a huge life change. Going from being home where mom and dad are there and where all the friends you've had since preschool are to a life where mom and dad aren't there to pester you and your friends have gone off to other schools or stayed back home. Sounds like some pretty big changes, huh? And challenges with these changes happen to the best of us.
See that cute little group of adorable folks in the picture above? That, my friends, is my high school graduating class...and yes, that's all of us! I attended a small private school from pre-k to graduation with most of these same 24 people. Fast forward a few months after this picture was taken, here I am at South (3 hours from home) with more than 15,000 other students, and for the first time in my life, I didn't know a single one of my classmates. This was a big eye-opening experience for me, and one of the biggest challenges I had ever faced. Of course, I was super excited to come to South when I was planning by dorm room, looking at classes, and all of that fun stuff! However, after all of that faded away and my parents had left me here, I didn't like a single thing about being at South because I was being forced out of my comfort zone with all of these new strangers, but now that I'm graduating soon, I find myself not wanting to leave because of all the wonderful college friends that I have made and all of the great times we've had. I am certain that if I had not found the best friends that South Alabama has to offer I would've just went back home; thankfully, I met some of them on the first day, and their friendship assured me that I would be just fine for these next 4 years!
So the moral of my story is...don't let the big transition challenge get to you. Get out of your comfort zone and make some friends - they make your experience SO fun!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hey There!

Hey y'all! My name is Ashton, and I am a JagGuide here at the University of South Alabama. Just a little about me... I am originally from Dothan, AL (which is way over on the southeastern corner of Alabama). I am a Senior on the advanced undergraduate track for Occupational Therapy, and if you follow my blog long enough, I'm sure you will learn all about my love of OT and the fun of being in OT school. As a student at South, I have been involved with Baptist Campus Ministries, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Converge Campus Ministries, Pre-Occupational Therapy Club, and South Alabama Students of Occupational Therapy Association. And just because we do this for almost all of our classes on the "get-to-know-you" day, one random fact about me is I am a huge animal lover and rarely meet one I don't think is adorable.  So that's me, and I look forward to meeting and talking to all of you future Jaguars soon!
See, told you I loved all animals - even the stuffed ones like SouthPaw.