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


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 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!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Model for the day.. say whaaaat?

Before coming to South Alabama I knew that I would be presented with new opportunities and experiences.

Two experiences that [I think] are pretty cool that I probably would not have been able to experience at any other college is having my picture to be selected to use on the website and also this years calendar!

As a JagGuide we are constantly being introduced to prospective students all over the US.  Whether we are talking to prospective students [like yourself] on the phone, working USA Days or answering your questions on the Facebook group we are always keeping in touch with prospective students all over the Gulf Coast and even bigger, all over the United States.

I enjoy working as a JagGuide because I love telling others about my school.  Us JagGuides love helping answer students questions about the University and helping them decide if South is the right fit for them. 

So anyways, back to my super cool experience!  I was asked to be apart of a photo shoot one day at work, I was completely thrown off guard but really excited and up for it!  So me and a few other JagGuides went around campus taking pictures.

A couple weeks later my younger sister texted me.  She was starting to look at colleges and she had been looking at South's requirements.  Low and behold, when she was looking up the admissions requirements for South, she found my picture on the website! I had no idea the pictures we had taken that day had even went online! 

About a week ago when we were mailing out Admissions Packets to prospective students, I just so happened to flip through the calendar we were mailing out and saw my picture AGAIN!  So if you happen to get an Admissions Packet from us, check me out, my picture is on the month of September!

The amount of opportunities you can be offered at South and the number of experiences you can get from our University are endless.  Getting involved on campus opens up so many doors for students! 

Here I am [in the pink hat] on the website! You can go to, click on students, click on admissions, and click on freshman. You can also find our admissions requirements there as well if you are interested in applying!

Here is another picture! This one is for the month of September for this years calendar!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Well I wish someone would have told me that..

Have you ever looked back on some things in your life and wish that someone had given you a little more advice on how to handle a situation?

Well if you're a senior in high school my blog this week is for you!

There is so much activity and buzz going on when you are a senior in high school.  Preparing for graduation, participating in sports, being involved in clubs, band, or working a job can make seniors very busy, and on top of all that you have to start preparing yourself for college! 

It is really important as a senior in high school, amongst all the craziness going on, that you make time to prepare for college.

Looking back at my senior year of high school there are is only one hing that I would have changed to prepare myself for college.

I wish I would have applied for every scholarship under the sun.

I knew I wanted to attend South so I already had the most important decision made (where you want to attend school) 

But I really wish that I had applied for every scholarship that I could have.  I did apply for and receive a few scholarships but y'all, college is expensive.  APPLY APPLY APPLY for everything that you can! Even if you don't think you will get the scholarship, apply anyways. The worst thing that can happen is you wont receive it. It is better to try than to not try at all. 

It doesn't matter if the scholarship is $5 or $5,000, every little bit helps!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's that time of year again!

Ahhh its the most, wonderful time of the year.. and nope I'm not talking about Christmas, its.. FOOTBALL SEASON!

I love this time of year when your cutest game day outfits come out, you grill out as you tailgate, and you hangout with your friends and family and watch a good ole football game!

In preparation for the South Alabama vs. Mississippi State game this Saturday I'd like to take it way back to the beginning of last year to my favorite game of the season!

My favorite football memory would have to be the first game of the season my sophomore year.  It was such a fun game because all of my friends and I dressed up and tailgated together outside of Ladd- Peebles Stadium, which is where our Jags play for home games.

After tailgating for a few hours and grilling out we went into the game and cheered on our football team with the rest of the South Alabama family.  Its a great experience to see all the students, faculty, and Jaguar fans coming together to cheer on our Jags!

Everyone was excited to hangout and cheer on our school together and all in all it was a great game!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

It's all about being responsible!

One of the most exciting times in my life was graduating high school and taking the next big step into my life.. starting college.

Starting college is so new and exciting.  You're taking the next big step in your life to becoming a responsible adult.

The transition from high school to college can be very difficult for some students though.  Its hard to go from a lifestyle of structure and rules to complete freedom.

When I moved to college the hardest transition for my was managing my time.  It takes a lot of discipline to make yourself go to your classes and make yourself do your homework.  Especially if you have work to do and your friends are out having fun.

Once you are able to manage your time you will really excel not only in your classes, but you will be much more responsible and mature which are life skills you will use throughout the rest of your life!

Monday, August 25, 2014

All about Kirsten!

Hey y'all!

My name is Kirsten and I am a JagGuide here at the University of South Alabama. 

My blog this week is just a little introduction about who I am!

I am from Calera, Al.  Calera is located roughly about 30 minutes south of Birmingham so in case you haven't heard of Calera before (and a lot of people haven't) I am from the Birmingham area.

I am a junior here at the University of South Alabama and I am in Nursing School.  This fall is my first semester of being in the nursing program at South and so far I absolutely love it! 

Each week me and my fellow JagGuides will be posting blogs about our own personal experiences at South as well as providing information about our University.  Check out our blogs each week to read about what it is like being a student here at the University of South Alabama!


Lookin' official with our stethoscopes!