Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gotta love your roomies!

Roommates, roommates, roommates! 

The word alone could send anyone into distress.  

"Who am I going to live with in college? What if I don't know them? What if we don't get along?"

Well there is no need to fret! If you're anything like myself after I decided attend South, my next biggest question was "Who am I going to live with?!"

I am from the Birmingham area so it's a pretty long drive to get to Mobile. Moving 4 hours away from home is a big deal in itself, but living without your parents or with living with someone you don't know can make or break your college experience.

Like I said earlier, don't fret! On Facebook South Alabama has a page that you can join called "Jaguar Roommate Connection". This page allows you to post a short bio about yourself and also allows you to read other students post to find a room mate you would like to live with.

Back when I was a freshman (I know that sounds like I'm really old, but I'm not) we didn't have that Facebook page.  Only a few people from my school decided to attend South and I knew that I didn't want to room with any of them, so my only option was a random roommate.

We just recently celebrated Candace and I's 21st birthday!
My freshman year I was paired with a random roommate without having filled out a compatibility form and I can honestly say it was the best thing to happen, and I totally lucked out!

My roommate Candace was from Montgomery and was in the same boat I was. No one from her school came to South except her boyfriend, Michael.  And after we met for the first time we instantly became best friends. 

We shared all the same interests, we had the same hobbies, we enjoyed doing the same things, and we even wore the same size clothes (including shoes, which is awesome!)

My freshman year I also met to of my other best friends Jacqueline and Rose.  Together Candace, Jacqueline, Rose and I were inseparable.
 
Jag tran rides are fun...sometimes
My sophomore year Candace got an apartment and I lived on campus again but my roommate was Rose.

Living with Rose was just as much fun as living with Candace!  Once again we enjoyed the same hobbies, we had the same group of best friends, and we were able to share clothes (which is every girl's dream when finding a roommate right?)

Three peas in a pod.. or something like that
And now that brings me to where I am now. Junior Year.  This year I got an apartment with Candace and Rose, (although Jacqueline isn't living with us, she is still our best friend of course!).  But with that being said, I love living with Candace and Rose.  We all get along so well together!


Sometimes living with other people can be difficult, but the key to having a healthy roommate relationship
 is communication.

I'm so grateful that my best friends are my roommates.  We go on vacations with each others families, we go on vacations together, and we have each others backs no matter what the circumstance.

For my senior year I plan on living with Candace and Rose again.

Roommates are a huge part of your college experience so choose wisely!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Count your blessings, name them one by one


I don't know about you but I LOVE Thanksgiving.  Stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!  

But Thanksgiving isn't just a time were we sit down with our families and shove our faces full of good home cooked meals, it's a time were we take a second to sit and think about all the things we have been blessed with and all the things that we are thankful for.


First I just want to say that I am thankful that I am a South student.  There is no doubt in my mind about my decision to attend South Alabama. It is the perfect college for me. Just being a student here at South has blessed me and help me grow as an individual.  It has prepared me and continues to prepare me every day for my future.

1. Friends
I am without a doubt blessed with the best friends I could ever imagine having.  My close nit group of friends have been through thick and thin together since freshman year and I know without a doubt if I ever need them they are just a phone call away.  We have shared many many laughs, shed many tears, and there isn't a single memory I would change with them. We are always there to lift one another up.  Whether we are sitting around having our "family dinners", watching sports on tv (cause that's all we can get the guys to sit down and watch), or we are just goofing off going who knows where we always have a good time.  I couldn't imagine my life without a single one of them! 


 That also goes to say that I am extremely thankful for my wonderful boyfriend that I met here at South my sophomore year.  I'm thankful for his continuous encouragement he gives me everyday, buttttt I'll do everyone a favor and refrain from getting all sappy in my blog ;)

 2. Nursing School
I know, I know, I know, every blog you read from me has something about nursing school in it. Sorry... but I'm not sorry.  (I eat, sleep, and breath nursing school) and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity I have been given to learn here.  We have a state of the art Allied Health building we learn in everyday and incredible instructors to teach us.  I am thankful for each and every one of my classmates and how we are there for each other to help make it to the finish line.  I couldn't imagine being a nursing student anywhere else but here at South.




3. My roomies & my apartment
Living 4 hours away from home I love having my own apartment and what makes it even sweeter is my best friends I share it with.  I'm thankful for our beach themed apartment (living on the gulf coast why wouldn't you want to feel like you're living in a beach condo...am I right?)






 Every day I'm here at South I am constantly reminded of the many things I have been blessed with.  So many that I could sit here and go on and on and on and on...you get the picture!

One last thing that I am extremely thankful for that has just recently happened here at our campus is our newest addition to the South Alabama football team, 11 year old Colby Sawyer.  After reading article after article I can't help but tear up as our football team welcomed Colby with arms wide open.  Although I have not met Colby personally he has touched my life with his story as he is fighting against acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Check out the link below to read about how Colby was named player of the week by the Sunbelt Conference and his experiences he has had since joining the football team!







Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Oh, the places you'll go!

There are many reasons why I think you should come to South, and I could sit here and list them all but that would take forever!

I think one of the best things about South is it's beautiful campus!

South's campus gives students that true college feel.  Our campus is relatively large but all the classroom buildings are within walking distance, so that makes it easy for students who live on campus to walk from the dorm halls to their classes.

My favorite place to be on campus would have to be the Recreation Center.  The rec center is a calming place despite all the exercising and working out going on.  I enjoy working out (well...for the most part...I like the results from working out better!) and try to go as many times a week as I can.  The rec center is the place I go when I'm stressed out or want to blow off steam, but it is also a place I go to when I'm happy and having a good day.  No matter what my mood is, the rec center is my favorite place to be simply because working out (even if I'm just going for a short jog) can make me feel so refreshed afterwards.

Our rec center was built within the last 5 years so everything still has that "brand new" feel.  We have extremely nice workout equipment on each floor of the rec.  We have an indoor track (which is one of my top 5 favorite things about the rec) that overlooks the weight room and basketball courts.  The track is where you can find me 99.9% of the time because I love going for runs.  We also have an indoor soccer field, indoor swimming pools, ping pong and racquetball, and an indoor rock wall (which is scary tall!)

But I think what makes the rec center so beautiful is the salt water pool and hot tub outside that are surrounded by palm trees. It is a beautiful place to study and hangout with your friends during the summer.  And since South is located in Mobile, the weather typically stays hot here longer.  So that means you can enjoy the pool all the way up until late October, early November!



If you haven't visited our campus I highly encourage you to do so.  Its the perfect opportunity to see if South is the right fit for you!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

$wagged out

Since my freshman year at South I have accumulated lots and lots of jaguar attire.  From t-shirts, to hoodies, to car decals and notebooks I'd say I've just about got it all (well maybe not all things that are JagSwag, but I definitely have a lot!)


I can't pick just one of my favorite JagSwag items so I will just share a few that are my favorite:

SoCk MoNkEy
My freshman year I had a random roommate.  When I moved in she bought me a basked full of school supplies, a stress ball, tumblr and what I thought was the cutest thing, a USA sock monkey!

I loved my basket! And come to find out, my first year roommate ended up being one of my very best friends! Through out each year we continue to be better friends and we go on each others family vacations! She is my one of my roommates again this year as well!










ScRuBs
Another one of my favorite JagSwag items would have to be my scrubs. You can't really tell in the picture here, but on the sleeve of my scrubs is a patch that says, "University of South
Alabama Student Nurse". After all the hard work I've put into
getting into the Nursing Program here at South I am so proud to wear those navy scrubs!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gettin' down and dirty in the mud

Team Mudpuckers
It's sad to say but true, throughout the past few years of college I haven't really gotten to take part of very many campus activities.  I've always been either studying or working and when I'm not doing either of those I'm trying to catch up on my sleep and relax!

Although I haven't joined any extracurricular clubs, there is one event that I make sure I am able to participate in each year...

 Oozeball!

Many of you are probably wondering, "Oozeball, what IS that?"

Oozeball is an event put on by The Southerners each year, it's volleyball...in the mud!  Students create their own teams and compete against other teams.  Now you may be thinking, "Volleyball in the mud? Whats so special about that?"

Well this isn't just a little bit of mud that may get your shoes a little bit dirty, these are mud PITS. And when I say pits, I do mean pits.  Huge mud pits are dug out each year and that create the volleyball court.  The pits are so deep that the mud easily comes up to your knees.  So that makes it just a little bit more challenging!














My freshman year I played with a group of my close friends and we got 4th place out of about 60 teams, our team was called the Mudpuckers.
My sophomore year I played the Office of New Student Recruitment created our own team of JagGuides.We called ourselves the SwagGuides.


During the Oozeball competition, food is catered and they have other competitions, like dance competitions between teams.


There is tons of loud music and fun at Oozeball every year!

















Monday, October 20, 2014

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others"- Mahatma Gandhi

Out of all my classes that I have taken so far while I've been in college my absolute favorite class is a class I am currently taking this semester; NU 311 more commonly known as clinical.


Since this is my first semester of nursing school we aren't quite ready to be put into a real hospital taking care of patients, so in this course we learn the nursing skills and procedures that we will use next semester when we actually do rounds at the different hospitals in Mobile.

We have class each week in the skills lab which is set up to look exactly like a hospital.  Its equip with numerous hospital beds that each contain a human simulator.  Since my class is 3 hours long we cover a lot of information.  We will spend the first hour or two going over power points and having what we call "show 'n tell".  During Show 'n Tell our professors will show us all of the different hospital equipment we will use to demonstrate our procedures for the week.  After we have covered that information then we get down to business! We spend the last hour or so of class learning the procedures and practicing on the human simulators.


Every two weeks or so we will have to demonstrate the procedures to our instructors alone for a grade.  These are called check offs.  So far I have checked off on correct hand washing technique, wound care, and tracheostomy care and suctioning.  The purpose of check offs is to show our professors that we have learned how to perform the procedures while using the correct technique and not breaking sterility (sterility is a BIG deal!)

During check offs I'm always really nervous, but the professors are so nice and just want to watch you succeed.  While we are performing procedures we talk to our professors and explain to them what we are doing and why we are doing it.  It is very interactive and hands on.  Our motto for clinical is "practice makes perfect!" and that is so true.  The more time we spend practicing procedures, the more prepared and successful we are going to be when we perform the procedures on real patients.

For clinical we get to wear our scrubs too, so that is a huge plus!  I LOVE scrubs.  They are like cute, comfy, pajamas that are acceptable to wear in public.

Another great thing about my clinical class is my professors.  My nursing class is split up into different clinical classes so there are several teachers for each class.  In my class my professors are Dr. Younce and Dr. Brown.  They are both outstanding teachers and are both so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. 

Clinical is such a fun and interactive course I don't see how it wouldn't be anyone's favorite!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

GOOOOO JAGS!


South! Alabama

We're the pride of the red, white, blue!
Loyal, strong and faithful
To our alma mater true!
South! Alabama
We will cheer you to win the day!
For it's J-A-G-U-A-R-S
For U-S-A!


In honor of Homecoming week this week I want to tell you guys what I think represents our schools spirit.  Let me tell you, I love getting the opportunity to dress up!   I'm so busy throughout the week that all I can manage to put on each day (besides when I have to wear scrubs) is over sized t shirts and nike shorts. 

My favorite thing that I think represents our schools spirit is dressing up for football games!  Students, faculty, and Jaguar fans all tailgating and watching the game together in their red, white, and blue screams school spirit!  Even our mall here in Mobile will coordinate the outfits on the manikins in the front window to show their Jaguar spirit! 
Whether you're dressing up in your cute red dress, blue polo and khakis, or your favorite Jaguar t shirt,  when you come out to the game, show your "Jag Swag"! 






ALSO, this is pretty cool! My best friend/roommate was featured on AL.com for her "Jaguar Fashion" at the South vs. Georgia Southern game! Click here to read the article and see the photos that were taken of her!