Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Free Time!

Everybody loves things that are free. Whether its a free t shirt, free meal, free anything. One thing that you didn't get a lot of in high school that you will become familiar with in college that is completely free is....wait for it....FREE TIME. Yes. That is correct. I know we have all heard the phrase time is money, but this time here doesn't cost you anything. & for the first time its up to you to settle in and enjoy this free time because it does not last long, as you become more involved in school and class. 

When I first started my freshman year at USA. I managed to settle in to my free time several different ways.

First, I took advantage of my free time by napping. In high school we had a full day with class after class then lunch then more class. After lunch time in high school, sleep haunted me. All I wanted to do was sleep. Well in college, depending on how you schedule your classes(yes you are in control of that) you may have some time in between your classes. Or if you are like me and want to schedule your classes back to back you can be done with class by 12:00 and have the rest of the day ahead of you. Either way, once I had my free time, you can almost bet the first thing I would do would nap. I am a power-nap type of person, so a 30 minute-1 hour nap would definitely rejuvenate me.

After I took advantage of napping the next thing I would do would eat. Living on campus was great because the Dining Hall was right next to the residence halls. That way no matter what time of day between 7:00 a.m-9:00 p.m I can go enjoy a buffet style meal at the caf as we called it. Because the dining hall presented our meals buffet style, you can imagine a trip there would definitely take up some time. 

I know you are all wondering why I didn't say I use my free time to study. Well because I don't. I am a night owl when it comes to studying or doing school work. I have a standard where I will not come home after a full day of school and do school work. I have had this standard since high school. Instead for my school work to be effectively get done I have to do it in the late hours of the night whether its midnight, 2:00 a.m., etc. It really depends on how much I have to get done. I do not know why I do this, it is simply just what works for me. Keep in mind what works for me may not work for you.

As I mentioned earlier, free time is something you can expect at the BEGINNING of your college career and I guess throughout as well if you manage your time wisely. However, I am now a Junior at USA and my free time that I had before set aside for napping and eating now consists of a working 20 hours a week, volunteer service, participation in clubs and organizations, etc. Even though my free time is limited, I wouldn't change it one bit. 

How will you settle in to your free time once you get to college? 





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Go Jags!

So this week on campus when I say everyone, I mean everyone is excited for the weekend. Why? Well we are playing our first home game against our first SEC opponent this year, Mississippi State on Saturday. To describe how excited we are lets just say that this is the first time in history USA has SOLD OUT the stadium. Not only has USA sold out but Mississippi State has sold out of their's as well. With that being said Ladd-Peebles Stadium is the place to be in Mobile, AL this weekend.

Our football program is fairly new and has grown tremendously for only having it for 6 years. The environment is awesome when you have the entire student body supporting you. Students camped out for parking passes, and everyone is getting their grills ready to enjoy the fellowship of tailgating before the game with their classmates. Students get free admission to all home athletic events so that is a plus.

The stadium will be bleeding red as we all scream to the top of our lungs Go Jags! I cannot wait!.





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Transitioning

Seniors don't get too comfortable because soon you will be making a big change. The transition from high school to college can definitely be a bit challenging. The world as you know it will change. Starting college is a new beginning. Once again you are at the bottom of the barrel, a freshman. There are lots of things that make the transition challenging whether its leaving friends behind,  making new friends, budgeting, getting involved, I can go on and on.

For me, I will have to say the most challenging part would have to be Time Management. In high school, you basically stuck to the same schedule every single day. In college, your classes are now spread out, some you may attend three times, twice, or even once a week. All of  a sudden there are over 200 organizations to get involved in. You ARE a college student so more than likely you will be interested in getting a part time job. You WILL want to attend different events on campus and most importantly you will value your sleep.

In high school, I literally went home every day after school and took a nap, and did my homework the morning before school. In college with all of these different things going on if you do not have experience with time management, your life could turn to chaos. Participating in all of these things as well as keeping good grades is possible. It is all about how you manage your time.

With that being said the first thing you must do is prioritize, and not procrastinate. The quicker you get your school work done (because that ALWAYS comes first) the more time you have to participate in organizations, events and work. Getting a planner definitely helps. Staying focus, using your weekends wisely, and having a good support system, will help you keep things in order.

All of you are rushing to graduate as I was too, but definitely make sure you cherish the time and leisure you have now. Soon, you will embark on a different chapter in your life that will entail lots of fun, but also a little more dedication to work and time on your behalf. Learning how to manage your time can make your college career stress-free and a great experience.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Hola!

Hi Future Jaguars! My name is Carla Adams and I am a junior here at the University of South Alabama. I am actually from the area Mobile, Alabama; born and raised. I have definitely enjoyed my time here at USA. I am majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor is Sociology. A lot of people make fun, when they ask what I plan to do with my degree and my response is that I am not sure what I want to do, but I am sure about what I do not want to do. I will not pursue a career as a lawyer or a police officer with my degree. So whatever falls in between will be for me! I do some volunteer work on the side with the local Rape Crisis Center in Mobile, Alabama. During my time here at USA I have an on-campus job that is the best as what is best known as the Senior JagGuide, and I am apart of different clubs and organizations. I am a member of the Women of Excellence organization on campus, we assist with hosting different events for students as well as lots of community service to the area. I am also apart of the Gathering. This is a religious organization that conducts weekly bible study for students to come out and enjoy. I am a member of several honor societies consisting of Phi Beta Sigma and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. There are so many opportunities to branch out and find your true self which I have done during my time here. I love my USA and the person I have become here.