Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I will teach! What's Your Superpower?

It started when I was a little girl.. No seriously. I remember being at home during the summer with my cousins with nothing to do. In my room stands a tall bookshelf and I would always go pull textbooks or a chapter book off of the shelf and have my cousins sit down and play school with me. I would flip through pages of the textbook and write down problems for them solve and when they were done I would make them read and tell me what the book is about. I didn't know back then that I was preparing myself to become a future educator, but here I am in my senior year of college writing lesson plans, and teaching students at the school I was assigned too. With it only a month away from beginning my student teacher I look back often  and think "This was something that I was called to do." I enjoy each and every minute of going in that classroom to teach my students (our future). I also think about my cousin who has cerebral palsy and how I made him sit  down and solve problems too. I treated each of my cousins the same way just like I hope to treat students in my future classroom.

When choosing my major I thought about several things, but I knew that in order for me to work hard and graduate I needed to choose a major that I

1. had knowledge of
2. Would stick with
3. Was passionate about

I chose elementary education/special education so that I could                 
 encourage                                                            instruct
                                                         Guide                                              Inspire

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What a Journey!

From freshman year..

My first year here at South Alabama was definitely a learning experience. From that experience I was able to grow as a student and as an individual. During my freshman year I would go to class, eat, study, and go back to my room. I was very shy so meeting new people was out of the question. As time went on I realized that I was miserable and I needed to get out enjoy college. I met new people who lived in the same building as me and I attended events that went on in my residential area. I met people who helped me get into the positions that I have held on campus such as becoming a resident assistant. I am currently in my senior year of college and I must say I have grown in many ways since then. I am more involved and I am not afraid to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve also learned more about professionalism. I have more business attire for meetings and to wear in a formal setting.

To senior year..

I am more organized

I prioritize things I need to do accordingly

I am more open to trying something new

I am a leader


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Homecoming Spirit!!

We've got spirit yes we do, we've got spirit how about you?

Days leading up to the Big Game. Where's your spirit?

It's finally homecoming week here at South Alabama. On Tuesday, there was a talent show. Where students across campus gathered to show off their many talents. Some of the acts included karate, singing, dancing, and poetry. Let's just say that our Jags have talent!

Today is Junk the jungle which is one of my favorites! It takes me back to high school when peers from my senior class rolled my house and my car. Junk the jungle is so much better though because there's a designated area on campus where the student body can roll the trees and have fun doing it with their friends without causing harm to anyone's property.

Homecoming can be fun, but it can also be competitive. My sorority and two other organizations have been paired to compete for points throughout the week. The winners of the competition will be announced at the homecoming game on Saturday. Right now we are collecting cans to see which team can get the most.

Jag Swag ALL Week
Jag swag is the best way to show school spirit during homecoming week! I have a variety of South Alabama shirts that I wear. I usually wear them to games, on campus events, and sometimes to class. Along with my t-shirts I have a few items I have picked up along the way like my South Alabama paw, my stuffed animal SouthPaw, and let's not forget my South Alabama cup!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Why Am I a JagGuide?

To me becoming a JagGuide is like having the opportunity to work at Disney World!

I am a first generation college student and over the past few years I've learned a lot about myself and I've been able to learn so much about college and the different opportunities it has to offer. I know you're probably thinking where is she going with this. Well as a JagGuide I am able to inform others of my experiences as a student and guide others by giving them information that they may not know about South through emails and phone calls. Many people have dreamed about working in the parks at Walt Disney World, but my dream was to give back to prospective college students as well as current college students.

This job is rewarding and fun! I get to talk with students from the east coast, west coast, and the south, which is where I am currently living. I always hear students say thanks for calling me or I am so happy you called. To make a difference is to make a huge impact. I  remember when I was a senior in high school. I had a long list of schools that I wanted to visit and apply to but only two of the many school I researched actually showed interest. I was excited to hear that a University wanted me to visit their campus and I was extremely excited to meet with representatives at my high school. Honestly, having that constant contact made a difference in my decision making. I can't forget about the many phone calls when students find out that they have been accepted to the University of South Alabama. Those moments are priceless!

I also get to work with a diverse group of people with different majors from me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How to Prepare for College

Being a senior in high school can be exciting and overwhelming. You are getting closer to your last semester of high school and everyone keeps asking you the big question "What's your plans after high school?" Even though you may not be going off to school until August of 2016 now is the best time to start preparing yourself. It'll make the transition to college smoother. There are tons of resources, people, and maybe even blogs that you can find to help you prepare yourself for college. Looking back there are a tons of things I wish I would have done before coming to the University of South Alabama.

1. Learn how to be organized - Label your folders and keep up with important documents you receive.

2. Practice time management NOW - Learn how to make time for school, work, and family because everyone knows that good time management skills keeps the procrastination away.

3. Develop study skills - Find out what works best for you when it comes to studying. Maybe you need to be in a quiet place to study or maybe you like studying with a group of people. I like to listen to music while studying it's very relaxing.

4. Think of all the things you may need to have such as: a laptop, Microsoft word/publisher/powerpoint, etc. Think ahead so that you do not have to buy all of these materials at once.

5. Apply for scholarships - Look for scholarships at the school you plan to attend and scholarship websites.

6. Make a list of schools that you are interested in, do your research, take a tour of their campus, and lastly make your final decision.

7. Create a checklist. Make a checklist of all of the things that you need to get done before your senior year ends. Taken your ACT? check that off the list. Graduation invitations? You can check that off the list to.

Now, there's one more thing I want to tell you. Enjoy your last year of high school!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Campus Fun!!

In honor of Halloween!

                It's Back

Jaguar Productions, an organization on campus is known for putting on the biggest and best programs here at south. Each year I look forward to the many events that they have on campus, but my favorite event is Rave from the Grave. Sounds scary right?

Not Really..

Every October Jaguar Productions puts on an event called Rave from the Grave during the week of OktSOBERfest! Students are invited to come dressed up in their best Halloween costume and have fun. Along with getting dressed up in your favorite Halloween outfits, you can win prizes and eat free food. Last year, I dressed as a flight attendant with other resident assistants on my staff.  I didn't buy an outfit to wear but it was fun creating my own flight attendant outfit. It is also cool to see how creative people are with their costumes.I had a blast dancing to all of my favorite line dancing songs and hanging out with my staff members. I was also able to meet others while at this event.

Last year's Rave From the Grave costumes!

Monday, October 5, 2015

I know it's Autumn when...

I know it's Autumn when...
The leaves are falling and the weather is changing!

My favorite thing about fall in Mobile is being able to wear my cute scarves and boots.

Fall is also the time when South Alabama begins to prepare for homecoming. This year our homecoming is later, but the preparation has already begun. The homecoming court is preparing for their campaigns and organizations are teaming up compete against each other. Having homecoming fall on a day during fall is great because it's not too hot to tailgate and I'll be able to watch the game in 70 degree weather!

32 days until...   homecoming South Alabama VS. IDAHO Vandals
Along with being able to wear cute scarves and South's homecoming game comes Thanksgiving!
Each year I look forward to being able to spend time with my family and trying to convince my grandma to cook some of my favorites!