Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving!

So by the looks of my title, you probably think I am about to ramble on and on about the delicious food I will be eating on Thanksgiving. As exciting as that would be, I probably would not make it through my blog with out drooling on myself. So to avoid that instead I would like to share with you some of the many reasons I have to be thankful.

I would like to start by saying that I am so thankful to be a student at the University of South Alabama! I have so many reason to be thankful, but just to name a few:

A Promising Future: This is what I have as a student at USA. My major is Criminal Justice, and even though it is not as high of a demand as Nursing or Engineering, the professors, faculty and staff in my department really work hard to ensure that we have a smooth transition through out college and entering into the job market. The advisers take the time to sit and consult with you about your future plans and help you figure out the best path for reaching your goals. With the help of the CJ department I have had the opportunity to volunteer with our local Rape Crisis Center here in Mobile, and next Fall I hope to land a great internship within my field. One thing I know for sure, is my adviser and other faculty will be a great resource when trying to make that step.

My Job: I was so blessed to have been hired at the New Student Recruitment Communication Center on campus my freshman year. The Recruitment Communication Center was just opening and there was a poole of 200 applicants who were hoping to be chosen for the job. I was one of the 27 students chosen in 2012 and I have been an employee ever since. Throughout my time here I have met some amazing people. Between my boss and my co-workers I for sure know that I have established life-long relationships. With my job, I have the opportunity to also engage with prospective students looking to begin there college career at South. Being able to share my experiences with them and also make their visits to campus worth their while is always a great feeling.

Opportunities: I have had countless opportunities as a student here at USA. There are so many ways to get involved and make great connections. I am a member of Women of Excellence (WOX), Vice President of First Generation College Students (FGCS), a member of fashion organization House of Jags, served as a Statistics tutor for the Math Department for a semester, a member of the Gathering Campus Ministries, a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Every one of these opportunities have helped develop me into the person I am today. I have also had the opportunity to develop many friendships along the way. Also this Summer, I will have the opportunity to study abroad in London, England which I know will be beyond exhilarating.

Friends: Lastly, I would just like to say that my experiences here as a student would not have been complete without the people I was/am able to share them with. I have made life-long friends here  and I am so glad that they are apart of my life and journey here at USA. There is nothing like always having someone  there for the good and bad, or just someone that can give you astounding advice and encouragement when you need it.

I can just go on and on about how thankful I am to be at South Alabama Jaguar. I am for sure that I would not have experienced even half of what I have experienced if I would have chosen somewhere else to attend school. So grateful for everyone who pushed me in this direction. I wouldn't have it any other way!

GoJags










Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Favorite Spot on Campus!

So this week I will be sharing with you all my favorite spot on campus.

So this is a no-brainer, my favorite spot on campus, and the place where I spend most of my time when I am not in class is..... drum roll..... STARBUCKS! :)

I have hour breaks in between my classes during the day and our on campus Starbucks that is located in our Main Library is the best place to go to pass time. It is very cozy and is the perfect set up for studying, catching up with friends, and even Netflix.

My co-workers have come to the conclusion that I may have developed an obsession with Starbucks and I am starting to agree with them. Not because I spend to much time in there but because while I am in there it is so hard to turn down the delicious beverages and pastries that they serve. I even have a favorite every week. This week it is their new holiday beverage Chestnut Praline Latte (doesn't that sound delish). I have even resorted to asking my family and friends for Starbucks gift cards for Christmas.

We just got Starbucks on campus in October 2013 and it was the best decision yet. There are other great spots on campus fit for different activities. However, I must say Starbucks is the best fit for me. I love it!





Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jag Swag!

Jag Swag is a term we use quite often here at USA. Jag swag is basically any merchandise that you can own that expresses your love and school spirit for South. The first piece of jag swag I purchased was a pair of South Alabama Nike Shorts. Over the three years I've been here I have accumulated my fair share of Jag Swag. However, I do have some pieces that I consider my favorites.

The first piece is this thin casual pull over.


I like this piece for several reasons. First it only cost me $7.00. We all love sales right? Well the bookstore always has different sales on JagSwag items and its definitely the best time to rack up on them. Another reason is that it can be worn as a shirt/sweater or even a pull over. The versatility allows me to wear it year round. Its not too thick and not too thin. Lastly, compared to other jag swag pieces that are usually red, white, and blue, this color scheme is different, which makes it unique to me.

My second piece that has become my absolute fave is this sweatshirt.





I love this sweatshirt again because it was on sale for $10.00 WooHoo! But most importantly it is great for the winter. The fabric is so soft and it does a great job keeping you warm. The color is so vibrant and it makes the sweatshirt stand out. Every time  I wear it someone asks where they can purchase them one.  I'm always excited to see someone that does not even attend South go and get them some Jag Swag. It is so comfortable to wear and it will go with just about anything.

I love my Jag Swag Pieces and plan to purchase more the years to come! Go get you some!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kickoff Cookout!

One thing that I really love about USA, that will always reassure me that I made the right choice for College is that even though it is located in my home town, the campus atmosphere makes USA feel like a home away from home.

Most seniors in high school, feel as if going to college means going OFF to college, hence moving away. However, I did the opposite, I enrolled in a University that is 15-20 minutes away from my home. With that being said, my first year as a freshman at USA, I literally only went home maybe twice a semester. I lived in a residence hall on campus, and  South has everything that I need here so there was really no use to make a trip home so often.

Different organizations at USA host so many different events on campus to keep students entertained when they have down time from school or work. They make sure that students do not have to go off- campus just for fun. My favorite on campus event that I attended and will still attend for the duration of my time here is our annual cookout that we have at the beginning of each semester.

This is my favorite event cause it sets the tone for the rest of the semester. After a long summer break, you return to school, and nothing is better than an event where you and your friends can reunite and discuss all of the things that you have done over the summer. Not only will you reunite with your friends, but this is also an event to meet all the new faces on campus, and could be a start of a very long friendship you never know!It is a great time to mingle, play games, eat great food, and it is all for FREE. Despite all the moving you have done the past few days after returning to campus. And despite the busy class schedules you all are facing for the semester ahead, at this event you can let all of that go and just enjoy the moment.

I have really enjoyed this event over the past years. It is a great on campus activity that you don't want to miss!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Favorite Class This Semester.

As a Junior at USA, I have completed all of my general education requirements, which means I am now into my major core classes for Criminal Justice, as my adviser will call it the "fun stuff". I could not have been happier to complete my General Education requirements and move on to the stuff that captured my interest. I am enrolled in a Criminal Investigations class and I must say it has been my favorite class this semester.

This class has its pros and cons. Lets get the bad stuff out the way. My only criticism of this class is that it is a night class. Bummer, right? However, the pros quickly allows me to get over that fact. Now lets introduce the pros:

It is a night class because my professor has a full time job at the Sherriff's office during the day. This lets me know one thing. That my professor is so passionate about what he does that he is willing to take a day out of his week to come share his passion with University students who are trying to get to the place he is in his career. Having a passionate professor definitely helps. He cares about your performance in the class and will take time out and work with you if you were having a difficult time. He also makes the class very interesting.

My professor has been in law enforcement for over 40 years. He has been places I have never heard of and seen things I have never dreamed of seeing. Having a teacher with these experiences makes the class worthwhile. Rather than learning and reading from a textbook we are exposed to real-life experiences. Sometimes text books will leave out what I like to call the "juicy details". However, my professor have worked on high profile cases and does not hesitate to share with us the real deal. One class we even got to see classified footage of a real life undercover sting that he overlooked as a DEA agent(Drug Enforcement Officer).

Overall, this class is so informative and interesting. If you are a sucker for Crime Television shows such as Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds, Etc, you will definitely enjoy this class. However, I hate to crush your reality, you will quickly learn that those shows are complete fictitious and none of that stuff accounts for not even half of what happens in real life. However, on a brighter note this class allows you to see and learn the ropes of how a real criminal investigation is conducted. If you are into that kind of stuff it is definitely worth your while.

Criminal Investigations with Professor Joe Bettner will definitely fall on my list of favorite classes/professor this semester.  With that being all of my professors are great and has a passion for what they do. USA definitely makes all the years you spend in school to get your degree not as painful as it seems.





School Spirit!

So if you think that you have experienced what school spirit looks like when you're in high school just wait until you get to college. I always thought that I would never love another school like I loved my high school. However, that all changed once I got to USA. I still love my alma mater, but USA was definitely added to the list.

When I got to South Alabama the school spirit on campus was so alive and full of love for the university. School spirit was exhibited not only on campus but it can be seen at many of the local businesses as well.

School spirit can be seen the most when a big sporting event is coming up. For the Mississippi State game students camped out for parking passes, we have JagWear Wednesday every week, and there is always a sale in the bookstore on USA merchandise.

School spirit can be shown in so many different ways. In light of homecoming week, I will just tell you of the many different ways USA students will be showing school spirit.

First the theme of Homecoming Week is Clash of the Claws. We will be playing Georgia State University.

The following events this week are as follows:

"Jaguar Bash"- At this event students are able to showcase their school spirit by bashing in a car with Georgia State decals on it, meet the football player, participate in games for free giveways, and of course free food.

Jaguars Got Talent- will be a showcase to allow our fellow jags to compete and show off their many talents for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.

Fun Fest Carnival Night- Allows everyone across campus to come out and mingle among one another, while enjoying great food, games, music, and entertainment.

Junk the Jungle- is a tradition that USA students participate in every year that gives us the opportunity to run rampant like animals and teepee our traffic circle with toilet tissue. What better way to express our school spirit.

The end of the week will be topped off with Homecoming Parade on Friday and Kick Off for the Football game Saturday where students and guest will fill the stands screaming GO JAGS!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Once In A LifeTime Opportunity.

When I was getting ready for college I was sure it would be the best four years of my life. However, best four years was/has been an understatement. I have had so many wonderful experiences during my time here at USA. Ones that I am for sure I wouldn't have had if I would have attended elsewhere. 

One experience in particular has been able to get connected and volunteer my time in the field I hope to one day have a career. My major is Criminal Justice. The advisers here at USA are great. They are there to help guide you through your four years here at USA. Well my adviser, which most of them will, took a step further and was able to connect me with our local Rape Crisis Center in which I now volunteer for weekly. This experience is life changing because not only does it give me hands on experience with different criminal justice agencies, but I am able to change other people's lives. My volunteer work is basically to support victims of sexual assault, and although a touchy subject, I am grateful to have been given this opportunity. It is very rewarding and it gives me a peek into my future career. Not only does it give me hands on experience but through my volunteer work I have met officials that are highly ranked in the criminal justice profession, which is great for networking and finding a job in the future. It is also a PLUS that it is located in my hometown, in contrast to me going off for school, where such opportunities may not have been presented, or may have been difficult to do during school breaks when I would be expected to return home. Having it here in Mobile allows me to do it year round, during the semester and during summer. 

Overall, the experience definitely gives me a different perspective on life. It opens my eyes to real life challenges people face everyday, rather than reading about it in a textbook. Also just knowing that  you played a part in creating a new found  hope in someone's life is the greatest reward. 

So Glad USA Gave Me This Experience!