Thursday, August 27, 2015

WOW! We're Back, South!

Welcome new Jaguars, and welcome back old Jaguars! It seems like it's been forever since I last wrote to y'all! I hope everyone is getting settled into their classes and schedules and has had an awesome first two week!
I can definitely tell it is going to be an awesome year already! We have so many faces (new and old) on campus, and lots of new, fun events going on. For me, it's definitely going to be a fun year because it's my first year as an alumna of South Alabama, my second year as an OT graduate student, and my first year as a "big" for my grad school "little."
Looking back to my first weeks of classes (which seems like forever ago now), honestly, I wasn't sure of my decision of coming to South. I didn't know a single person here; I was sharing a room in the Residence Halls with someone I had never met before; and I wasn't really involved yet with other students. It wasn't the most fun first two weeks, but, after getting out and becoming more involved, I met so many new friends and started to love every minute of being at South.
This year at South, however, there's a new program called WOW (aka - Week of Welcome)! Sounds pretty fun, right? Well, that's because it is!!! WOW shows all of the new students all the places they belong at South. There's a full schedule of events starting at Move-In Day last week and going all the way to tomorrow night with the Evasons Mentalists Show. WOW was a super fun week of events to help everyone find their place on campus by getting involved and meeting new friends.
Today, another JagGuide and I attended Get On Board Day and were able to see so many students looking at all of the different clubs and organizations available to join at South (and, believe me, there are a TON!!). Everyone looked like they were having so much fun and so many people seemed to find a good place to check out and possibly be one of the many places they fit in!
So check it out! There are two more events left in WOW! And, future Jaguars, be sure to check out your WOW next year!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

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 recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Professional Health Sciences from South this past May (Class of 2015, y'all!) after completing all of my undergraduate studies here, but I came back to continue on in graduate school. I am a second year graduate student in the Department of Occupational Therapy and was an advanced undergraduate in the program. 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.