Thursday, February 26, 2015

Procrastination Kills!

One of the most difficult aspects of attending college to me thus far is procrastination. There were times where I would put off studying for a quiz to enjoy my personal hobbies or to hang out with friends. It seems like they always want to go on the most exciting adventures the weekend you have to study for an exam. But staying focused along with time management has been the two key factors that has helped me along the way. Whenever my professors assign homework I'll complete it the day of and I will study my lecture notes daily to make sure I don't fall behind. By studying my notes daily, I don't have to cram when the time comes to study for exams. Without time management, you will not be able to fully enjoy every aspect of the college experience.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Why I Picked My Major

Not only is making your final college decision a tough choice, but what you would like to major in can be a tough one as well. Growing up we always fantasize about being doctors, teachers, lawyers, or maybe even a painter, but as we enter high school those dreams tend to change. A lot of things may influence our choice of career such as our teachers, family members, favorite TV shows, and many other factors. One reason for Information Technology being my major is the influence of my favorite family member. My cousin Anthony has a very successful IT career in the Air Force and I have always admired him and his success. As I was growing up he would teach me little things here and there about computers and how they operate. With the help of Anthony and my own research on what type of careers I could have with an IT major, I knew that I was making the right choice. I really enjoy my major and I'm just as in love with my minor, Criminal Justice, as well. If you are having a difficult time trying to decide what to major in, don't stress it. Think about your passions or maybe complete a career aptitude test. Overall just make sure that it's something that you want to do and that you would enjoy to the fullest!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

No Place Like Home!

Deciding which college you would like to attend could end up being a difficult decision. There are so many options and each college offers something unique that sets them a part from any other university. Scholarship offers, the location of the university, and many other important factors could lead to a stressful senior year in high school. The best thing to do is take a tour of each campus that you are interested in and from there just follow your heart. That's exactly what drove me to South Alabama! South was in my top two choices and when I made my campus visit, I instantly felt at home. The campus atmosphere was amazing and everyone that I interacted with was very welcoming and it was then that I knew I had found the best fitting college. This is my fourth year at South and I can honestly say that I made the right choice. All of the experiences and opportunities I have gained here at South has helped me grow and mature in ways that I never imagined. Being a Jaguar is a great feeling that I wouldn't trade for anything! Go Jags!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

First Day of Class!

First day of school is many student's favorite time of year. After an adventurous summer you finally get the chance to see your best friends and share your stories. But this time around it will be different, you are starting your journey off to college! First day of class always creates nervousness. A little advice would be to have a open mind and be prepared to gain some of the greatest experiences of your life. My first day of class here at the University was quite funny if I must say so myself. The campus seemed extremely big so I ended up getting lost walking to my first class. I was at least 20 minutes late and walked in with big frizzy hair due to the humidity along with papers falling out of my book bag. My teacher chuckled a little and remembered my name from that day forward. So making sure you know in advance where your classes are located will be very beneficial. If you are normally an introvert, step outside of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to your other classmates on the first day. This will be a great start to gaining new friends and it will make it easier for you to form study groups as the semester goes on. The last piece of advice I would like to give is don't be hesitant to ask questions. As you are walking about on campus, if you don't know where a building is just simply ask. Whether it is a fellow student or a faculty member, everyone here at the University is willing to lend an helping hand. So don't be afraid to ask for help, you are now apart of the Jaguar family!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Living With a Roommate!

You may have grown up having to share your room with a sibling or you may be comfortable having your own space. Whatever the case may be, sharing your space with a roommate while in college may be a scary situation for many. Having a roommate, whether it is someone random or someone that you already have a relationship with, is one of the best experiences you can gain. This is my fourth year here at the University and I've had the same roommate every since freshmen year. We have actually been knowing each other since the 7th grade, so we were pretty excited about coming to college and living together. One thing to keep in mind about having a roommate is that communication is the key! If you like having everything clean and in order, you can't expect your roommate to like the same thing. Move in day would be a great time to tell each other your likes and dislike so that all problems can be avoided. As long as communication and respect is in the mix everything will run smoothly! If you have a roommate that's already your friend, expect for your relationship to strengthen and if you get placed with a random roommate, expect to gain a new friend!

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!