Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Week of Welcome

Welcome back Jags!! 

I hope everyone is getting settled in with their classes and has had a great first two weeks!

I can tell that it is going to be a great year here at South and I'm especially excited because I will be graduating this spring.  I'm (a little) sad because I have really enjoyed the last 3 years I've spent as a student at South but even more excited because in May I will be a South Alabama Alumni!

As I reflect on my years spent here at South and as we near the end of the first two weeks of classes over I can't help but to reflect on my first two weeks as a freshman here at South.  The first two weeks are the most exciting and terrifying as you try to get adjusted to your classes schedule, figure out a routine that works best for you, and then making new friends and having fun.

If you're looking for events to meet new friends and have some fun South Alabama offers some WOW events.  WOW events or otherwise known as Week of Welcome, are some events where students can make friends and get familiar with the University.  

My freshman year I attended the Walk your Schedule event where I made several friends, enjoyed a free lunch, and was able to familiarize myself with campus and where buildings where. 

Although the Walk your Schedule event has passed, there are still a few more WOW events you can catch before the Week of Welcome is over!

CLICK HERE to find those events before the day passes!  

I hope everyone gets on board and has a great rest of the week!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rain, rain, go away

If you haven't heard already, it rains in Mobile quiet a lot!

As a matter of fact Mobile, Alabama is the rainiest city in the United States.  It out rains Seattle, Washington y'all!

Al.com even wrote an article about how much it rains here in Mobile.  CLICK HERE to check it out!

If that worries you (like it did me when I was told that) don't fear!  Our beautiful days out shine our rainy and dreary days!

But when it does happen to look a bit wet outside these are my favorite things to do:

1.  My #1 absolute favorite, NETFLIX!

So let's be honest.  I don't know about y'all but I could watch Netflix when its raining or sunny outside.  I'm addicted to Grey's Anatomy and I watch it every chance I get.  When it's raining outside I love sitting in my bed, stuffing my face with snacks, and watching McDreamy and Meredith Grey perform surgeries. And if it decides to rain for a few days, I might just even start a new series.

2. Shopping till I drop

Whenever I can't stand to watch another episode on Netflix and I'm getting cabin fever, I will brave through the rain just to get out of my apartment.  Usually I go shopping at the mall (even though most of the time I'm too broke to buy anything) just to look around and have fun with my friends.  Although window shopping isn't as fun as real shopping its better than sitting in my apartment! But just like Netflix, I could go shopping rain or shine.

So I guess what I'm getting at is that even though Mobile is the rainiest city in the U.S., you can still go out and about and do regular things just like if you were living anywhere else!  You just have to find hobbies and/or activities that you enjoy! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Started from the bottom.. Now I'm here (Thanks to South!)

When I was growing up I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse.

I enjoy taking care of other people and taking care of people who desperately need your help is just what makes my heart content.  I want to become a nurse to care for those who cannot take care of themselves, I want to save lives and I want to touch patients lives along the way.

This was me 3 years ago when I was a senior in high school.  I came
for USA day to meet the Deans and Faculty of the nursing program.
Right now I am in my second semester of nursing school. It has been a very difficult journey for me so far, but I have really enjoyed it (even though I complain..a lot!) Unlike a lot of people I didn't get accepted early to the program. So the first two years of college for me was making A's and a (few)
B's so that I could be competitive enough against my peers to be accepted into the program.

Now I'm here!

I chose to come to nursing school at South because of their small class sizes, simulation lab, and high percentage of students who are offered jobs upon graduation.

I plan to graduate in May of 2016.  Right now I don't know what type of nurse I would like to be. The good thing about South's nursing program is that I get a different clinical experience with each class I take so I can get a feel for what I would like to do after I graduate.

My mind is constantly changing about what kind of nurse I would like to be, but for right now I would enjoy working in the Emergency Department or the Operating room!

If any of you are interested in nursing or have any questions about the nursing program feel free to message me on Facebook!



Thursday, April 9, 2015

If I had one wish..

Reminiscing over the years that I have spent here at South there isn't much that I would change.  My time spent here has grown me into the adult I am now and has given me unforgettable memories along the way.

If, however, I could go back in time to have a "do-over" I would choose to be more involved on campus. My freshman year I was in two clubs, Phi Eta Sigma (a national Honor Society) and the Student Nurses Association but I wish I had join more. 

Joining clubs is a great way to make friends with people who share the same interest as you!

South Alabama offers several different student organizations you can join.  CLICK HERE to see the long list of organizations that you can join!

Another great way to be involved and make friends is find a job on campus.  Working on campus is convenient for students because it is close, flexible with your schedule, and you are working with other students!  

I've had two jobs on campus since being a student here and I'm so thankful to work at the Office of New Student Recruitment.  I've worked here for almost 2 years now and it has been a great experience. I've made several friends while making a little extra spending money (so I don't have to constantly bug my parents).

If you might be interested in working on campus CLICK HERE




 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Whats the word?

Opportunistic.

That is the one word that I would use to describe being a student at The University of South Alabama.

My freshman learning community class
learning about simulation lab
Being a student here at South I have been presented with more opportunities than I could have ever possibly imagined.

Now I'm going to relate all of mine to my degree, nursing (since I so eat, sleep, and breathe nursing school these days).

Since my freshman year (when I was a pre-nursing major, before I got into nursing school) many doors were opened to me that I believe you couldn't experience anywhere else but here at South.

My first semester I participated in a nursing learning community.  This "community" was a once a week class where I would get together with many other students who wanted to be nurses too.  In this class we would discuss study tips, what nursing school was like, how to study in nursing school, watched presentations, and participated in group projects to better prepare us. 

I even got a chance to see the simulation lab and be around our state of the art simulator dummies! I also belonged to a group called the Student Nurses Association as a freshman.  This group consisted of pre-nursing and nursing school students.

Earlier this week at the White Coat Ceremony
(thank goodness for change right?)

Now that I am in my second semester of nursing school I am still continuing to be blessed by the opportunities that the University has given me.  This last week I participated in the College of Nursing's first ever White Coat Ceremony.  This ceremony was to honor my class for all the hard work we have accomplished thus far since being in the program and it was also a chance for faculty to welcome us into the Profession of Nursing. Talk about a blessing!

My study buddy and best friend Kristan!
My nursing school professors and clinical instructors are wonderful and put so much effort into our education.  They go above and beyond to prepare us for the NCLEX and to make sure that we are well equip for the real world. 

 
 
Not only are the instructors doing a fabulous job, but I've also made so many friendships during my clinical rotations and classes.  I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to work with instructors and other students who are as determined as I am to be a great nurse one day!
 




This is my wonderful Adult Health 1 clinical group!




















Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Money, money, money, moneyyy... MONEY!"

Deciding to go to college is a big life decision!

Many people know without a doubt that they want to go to college (that was me), others come to college and after the first semester or two decide that college isn't for them, and some people know without a shout of a doubt that college is not right for them and that they don't want to go.

And guess what?

All of those decisions are PERFECTLY OKAY!

Deciding that you don't want to go to college isn't the end of the world.  College is very difficult, expensive, and is a huge commitment to make.  Unless you have got all of the money in the world you will probably come with student loans. And student loans means debt..and well no one wants to be in debt when they are 18 right?

Even though those are some scary aspects that come along with college, the risk is worth the reward!

College has been the best time of my life.  I've met wonderful people here at South and I have had incredible once in a lifetime experiences that I've experienced here that I couldn't at other schools. Coming to college has matured me and prepared me for what the real world has to offer.  While the experience of being a college student is one that I think no one should miss out on, the number one reason why I think students should go to college is for....the obvious.....

$$$$$MONEY$$$$$

I'm sure a lot of you (if you read my blogs) already know that I am in nursing school.  Nursing school hands down has been the toughest obstacle I have EVER faced in my entire life.  Even though I complain about it everyday and I am always exhausted I know that in the long run this torture I am in now will be worth it.

I could have been a CNA (certified nursing assistant) or an LPN (licensed practical nurse) which don't require a college degree. But I chose to attend a 4 year college to get my BSN (Bachelors in Science of Nursing) and become an RN because of the rewards I will receive after working my butt off in this tough program!

AVERAGE:
CNA yearly salary: $30,000
LPN yearly salary:  $33,000
RN yearly salary:  $66,000

Even though college can be expensive just look at the difference a 4 year degree can make!  The beauty of a degree in nursing is job security.  So even though you may be acquiring student loans you can begin paying them back in no time once you have found a job after graduation!






Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lets go to the beach- each, lets just get away!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not in school

My favorite way to spend my free time when I'm not in school is going to the beach.







Warm sand, nice breeze, and fresh salt water, the beach is my happy spot.  I loving laying out and reading or listening to music while spending time with my friends.






One of my most favorite things about going to school at South Alabama is that the beach is only an hour away from campus.  You can go to Gulf Shores or Dauphin Island.  You can even drive down to Orange Beach or Pensacola.  







In Gulf Shores there are so many things to go.  Go-karts, putt putting, and so many seafood restaurants to choose from. Not to mention The Hangout, which is the perfect place to listen to live music.









If you are looking for a more remote place to get some peace and quiet Dauphin Island is the place to be.  Dauphin Island is about 30 minutes away from campus and is more of a relaxed retirement home environment.  They have old Civil War forts to explore and also a sea lab that they are famous for.





If you are looking for a change in scenery, just take a trip over to Pensacola! Why not take a small trip to Florida? Try your luck at the lottery while you're there and enjoy the beaches!





We are so close to the beach that on a beautiful sunny Saturday or Sunday a trip to the beach is the perfect cure for school stress!


A day at the beach is a day well spent!