Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lets Give Thanks!

As far as being a South student, I am thankful for my overall college experience thus far. South Alabama has far more things to offer beyond just gaining an education. I have gotten the pleasure to meet and even work with some of the deans and faculty here at the University which was a great experience. It's amazing that regardless of someone position here at South, they are always willing to help and guide each and every student. Another thing that I'm thankful for as far as being a student, is just the atmosphere of the University. That's why we tend to stress the importance of scheduling a campus visit because you want to make sure that you feel at home and let me be one of many to say that South Alabama is definitely my home away from home! Go Jags!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Favorite Spot!

My favorite place on campus has to be what I consider my second home, Shelby Hall! With my major being Information Technology, I spend a lot of time in Shelby Hall not only for classes but also for study time. Many students may enjoy having study sessions at the University's Library, but I would rather much study in Shelby Hall instead. It is one of our newest state of the art buildings here on campus that is always filled with hard working Computing and Engineering students no matter the time or the day. We have our very own Starbucks, which is great for grabbing a snack during study breaks. I enjoy Shelby Hall because it is a helpful place to study. I say helpful because if you are working on an assignment that you are having difficulty with, you are bound to run into your professor or classmates that will be willing to help you. Everyone is so friendly and we definitely help and push each other to succeed. I'm proud to be a Jaguar but I'm even more proud to be an IT major!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

South Alabama's Jag Swag!

I'm sure many of you have heard of and may even use the term "swag." By definition "swag" may describe a person's appearance, style, or the way he or she presents or carries themselves. Here at South Alabama we have "Jag Swag" where we represent our school spirit by wearing South Alabama apparel. We even have "Jag Swag Wednesdays" where we come together as a student body each week and in some way, shape, form, or fashion express our love to be a Jaguar! My favorite "Jag Swag" apparel has to be my red South Alabama sweatshirt! Now that Winter time is approaching, I'm excited to pull out my sweatshirt to keep me warm! It's very simple in it's design, with white South Alabama letters written across the front. Even though we have different stores around Mobile that sells South Alabama apparel, the best place to purchase some "Jag Swag" is at our very own bookstore on campus. We offer great merchandise in there that will not disappoint you!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Let's Get Down and Dirty!

Here at the University of South Alabama, we offer more than 200 different clubs and organizations so there or plenty of ways to get involved and many different on campus activities and events to attend. So far my favorite on campus activity that I have participated in was the Oozeball tournament! Many of you may be familiar with the game of Oozeball but for those of you who don't know, Oozeball is playing volleyball in 8 inches of mud! I know what you guys are thinking, that seems pretty messy! It is, so if you are not willing to get down and dirty stay away! Oozeball is a traditional event here at South hosted by The Southerners and it ended up being one of the best things I've ever been apart of here at the University. A few of my fellow Jag Guide coworkers got together, created our own team shirts, and was ready for war! Although we didn't make it to the final game, we had a lot of fun together and made some great memories! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

We're All In This Together!

Are you the type of student that likes working in groups or would you rather work alone? That decision may depend on the class that you are enrolled in and the difficulty of the material. One of my favorite classes thus far here at South Alabama has to be my team based learning Project Management class. Many of you may be unaware of  exactly what Team Base Learning is. Team base learning is a form of learning that involves individual work and group work. Each member of the group is required to attend class prepared with having read the material and ready to participate in any group discussions and activities. Team based learning is very helpful because if there is some material that you don't understand, you'll have your permanent group member's there to assist you. You all will participate in individual group work in which your professor will give you the opportunity to decide which grade will weigh more! I don't know about you but that is perfect for me! Some of the material with my Project Management class can be difficult to understand but I'm thankful that I have a very involved and helpful group that is willing to go above and beyond to help the other group members. Team based learning is used here all over campus, in many different courses. We Jags stick together and we have a little motto that says no student is left behind, we all will succeed! Go Jags!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Who let the Jags out!

Our favorite time of the year is here which is football season and football season comes with the excitement of homecoming week! Homecoming for South Alabama is more than a football game, it's having a week full of activities representing our school spirit! One activity that is a tradition during homecoming week is a little thing we call Junk the Jungle. For Junk the Jungle, students gather out in the traffic circle on campus and throw rolls of toilet paper into the trees. It gets pretty messy out there but it's so much fun! The trees will stay decorated for the week and then volunteers will go out and clean it up. It's a great way to express our school spirit while bonding with friends and other fellow Jags. Another way that we represent school spirit is by having Jag Wear Wednesday where every Wednesday students will wear something that represents South. Not only do we have school spirit for homecoming week, we have it every week of the school year,

Thursday, October 2, 2014

No Place Like Home!

As cheesy as it may sounds, every experience I've had here at South  has been an indescribable one! South was the only University that stood out to me when I took a tour of the campus. I would never forget the day of my tour because the faculty and the current students welcomed me in as if I were already a fellow Jaguar! We have an amazing campus with a layout that is far from your typical college campus along with many different ways in which to get involved and have a great college life. South has offered and is still offering me many opportunities to excel in life. From the volunteer opportunities to the many career opportunities the IT department here offers, everything has been a memorable experience. I must say that making the decision to be a Jaguar has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I've learned important life lessons here at South and I have made some great friendships as well. Having pride in being a Jaguar is a serious matter and that's something that no one can ever take from me!