Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Why IT Is Best for Me!

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 becoming doctors, teachers, lawyers, or maybe even a painter, but as we enter high school those dreams often change. A lot of things may influence our choice of career such as our teachers, family members, favorite TV shows, and many other factors. The reason I chose to major in Information Technology was the influence of my favorite family member, my cousin Anthony. He has a very successful IT career in the Air Force and I have always admired him along with his success. While 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. Whenever I mention IT as my major people often reply with, "IT is a big money field!" That may be true, but it is not about the money. It's about my passion and love for electronics. Picking a major simply because of the benefits you can gain is not always the best choice, you have to choose a field that has your interest and that you would enjoy doing for the rest of your life. 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, hobbies, 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, November 12, 2015

Growing through College...

Many high school students may ask themselves the all time famous question, "Why should I attend college and what's so important about it?" Besides having the opportunity to gain an education and receive a good job after graduation, college can be the beginning of many other opportunities as well. It's the foundation to the beginning of adult hood and it helps an individual with personal growth, new friendships, and networking opportunities. In college, you'll get a chance to explore your interests in depth, discover new hobbies, and learn things about yourself that you may have not known before. I've grown in many ways since my freshman year here at South. One way in particular is with time management. At times I can be the biggest procrastinator known to man. As a freshman, there were times where I was able to study for a quiz the night before and do fine on it, but I quickly learned it doesn't work that way once you move up in your classification. Courses began to get harder and I learned that it was best that I start using my time wisely by preparing for quizzes and exams early so that I could have time to enjoy my hobbies. It was a little rocky at first and with a few slip ups here and there, I became better as time progressed!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jaguar Spirit!

Football season is our favorite time of the year and it comes with the excitement of homecoming week! Homecoming here at South Alabama is more than a football game, it's having a week full of activities that allows each Jag to express our school spirit! Our activities include talent shows, parades, and bonfires! 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 volunteers will go out and clean 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 29, 2015

Jag Guide Pride!

Growing up I've always found joy in helping others. Simply making someone else smile or just giving them a helping hand is always a great feeling. I never look for anything in return, a simple smile or thank you would be the only thing that I would need. Here at the University of South Alabama as a Jag Guide, I have an opportunity to help others from all over. Transitioning from high school into college is a big step, so being able to help students make that transition a little smoother is great. We often contact students via phone calls, emails, and social media but I would have to say by greatest experience would have to be USA Day. At USA Day, we get a chance to have that face to face interaction and we are able to not only hear the excitement in you guys voices about attending South, we get to see it as well! We also have a opportunity to show you all how passionate we are about South by showing out Jag Pride. Being a Jaguar as well as a Jag Guide has been a great experience for me over the last couple of years and I wouldn't trade it for anything! Go Jags!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ready for College, Ready for Life!

Out of all the years in high school, your senior year is probably the busiest year. You have to complete senior projects, prepare for senior pictures, and graduation. Aside from that, you also have to start preparing for your transition into college which can be stressful for some students. You have so many options and different opportunities that it may be difficult to make decisions.  At this point, as a senior in high school you should be planning to visit the campus of any University that's of your interest. Touring the campus of the University is an important part of the decision process simply because it can help you decide whether or not that college would be a good fit for you. Once you take a tour of the college campus, try narrowing your options down and then start the application process to each of them. Most of the Universities deadlines for scholarships is December 1st so you definitely want to have all of your applications sent in by that date. Some seniors tend to stress because they haven't decided what they would like to major in. If you haven't decided on a major yet, that's fine. It's really no rush because you will have to complete prerequisite classes first such as your Math and English classes. There are assessments that you can take that will give you suggestions on different majors based off of your interests and hobbies. Even though will have a lot of business to take care of, still try to enjoy your last year in high school with all of your friends!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

My Favorite On Campus Activity

South Alabama hosts many campus activities that is a great deal of fun to be apart of. One activity in particular that is my favorite has to be Oozeball. It is a tradition that The Southerners hosts every year where not only can the students participate but the faculty and alumni can as well. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Oozeball is basically playing volleyball in the mud. The rules include forming a team, creating a team name, and making a t-shirt. A few of my fellow Jag Guides and I got together and ended up having the time of our lives! At first we were terrified of playing in eight inches of mud, but we didn't want to let each other down so we decided to get down and dirty! As the saying goes, either you go hard or go home and we decided to go hard! After the game we looked like mud mummies after falling in several times while attempting to hit the ball. Although we didn't win, Oozeball instantly became one of our favorite sports and it helped us create a bond that could never be broken! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fall is Here!

Fall has to be my favorite season of the year! Aside from the colors, weather, and the tasty Pumpkin Spice frappe at Starbucks, my birthday is during this season as well. Activities that I enjoy during the fall includes pumpkin carving with my nieces, visiting a few haunted houses, and of course attending football games! I also enjoy sitting next to the fireplace with a warm cup of coffee while watching scary movies! Fall break starts tomorrow for us as well and it's a perfect time to make more memories!