Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There's No Place Like South Alabama

Happy that I get to experience all that South has to offer that is!

Out of all of the schools I looked at I must say that choosing South Alabama was a great choice for me. Not just because I am 45 minutes away from home, but because I have had the opportunity to experience so many great things on this campus. I started out as the quiet girl who wasn't really involved in any organizations and now it's a totally different story. While being at South ,I've had the opportunity to gain volunteer experience, meet people from places like Europe, Alaska, and Canada, I am currently working as a Resident Assistant which has helped me get out of my comfort zone and I am gaining experience that I could use in my future classroom, I recently joined a sorority, and I've been inducted into two honor societies since I started in 2011. I have gained a lot of experiences here at South but as I get closer to graduation the thing that excites me the most is being able to graduate with a bachelor's in Special Education and Elementary Education. I bet you're thinking what's so special about that? Well most people go back to school to get their degree in special education because their college does not have a collaborative program that offer a certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. Out of all of the schools I visited and received information from South Alabama was the only school that offered a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. With my dual degree I'm not required to take any extra classes to receive my certification in special education or anything all I am required to do is take the special ed: core knowledge and applications praxis and pass it and I will be a certified special ed teacher. Everything I need as far as special education classes has been built into my studies requirements. NO EXTRA CLASSES

When this day comes I will feel the same way. 4 years and 2 certifications!

The perks of graduating with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education

-The need for special ed teachers are growing. This increases the chance of finding a job after graduation
- The median range salary for special education teachers is $50,317
-More than likely you will have at least one or two children in your classroom with special education so having that training and background knowledge about special needs children will help you tremendously

Visit The South Alabama College of Education bulletin to learn more about how you can be certified in special education and elementary!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Prepare Now!

During my the spring of my junior year I looked up different colleges that I thought I would be interested in attending and I gave them my contact information through their contact me forms. So during my senior year I look at all of the brochures and checked on each schools website to see if they had any of the majors I was interested in majoring. As a senior I really wanted to major in nursing so I looked up different nursing programs and compared each of them. My high schools gave seniors 3 days that they could miss to go visit colleges that they were interested in so I checked my calendar and scheduled tour dates with my top three schools. It's very important to narrow your schools down to at least three because your senior year will go by very fast and you probably won't have enough time to visit all of the schools you are interested in. I set up my tours close to breaks so that I wouldn't miss too many days of school and I even checked to see if any of the colleges I was interested in gave weekend tours. Fortunately, I was able to attend a weekend tour and I scheduled a tour on Friday because the college I was touring was located in South Carolina which was 8 hours away. It gave me enough time to tour the city that the school was located in as well. As a senior you should be making sure that you are signed up for or have taken all of the classes that you need to graduate and you also need to make sure that you are meeting the admissions requirements of the college you plan to attend.

Senior Checklist

  • Talk with your guidance counselor about what you would like to do post graduation
  • Decide on your career path
  • Make a list of schools that you are interested in 
  • Give the college you are interested in your contact information if you can
  • Register for a campus tour
  • Apply for admission
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Take the SAT or ACT
  • Apply for FAFSA
  • Continue to work on your high school GPA
Most of all enjoy the time you have left in high school and spend lot's of time with your friends and family!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time On My Hands...

The first two weeks of my freshman year I had a bunch of free time on my hands and I had no clue what to do with myself.  I had almost every class with my best friend so we were both in the same situation. I remember hanging out in her room all day because I was so "bored" in my own room. We would watch movies, get on each others nerves , and sometimes we would go to the rec to go rock climbing. My friend and I also attended some of the events that we held on campus so that we could meet new people. The event I remember us having the most fun at was the Epsilon Event because we were able to meet more people who we did not have classes with. Besides hanging out with my best friend I would socialize with some of the people who lived on the same hall as me. I found that meeting the people on my hall was very beneficial for me because I built close relationships with them and I always knew that I had peers who were closer to me (location wise) than my parents that I could depend on. Even though I had a ton of free time on my hands, I took advantage of my free time by buying a planner and looking through my syllabus for each of my classes to find scheduled quizzes, test, and other important information my professors gave me. Setting aside time to write down important dates helped me stay organized and it kept me from being stressed when my schedule started to get busy.

This is what having too much free time leads to!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Football Memories!

With football season going on I think it's only right to write a blog about my football game memories!

Last year we played Louisiana-Lafayette also known as the Ragin' Cajuns at home and I must say it was an exciting yet intense game for me knowing that this team had won 2 bowl games in a row and we lost to them the first time we played them. My classmate who plays football for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette had been bragging about how bad we were going to lose for two weeks and I couldn't wait for our guys to show them what we are capable of. The game was held at night and it was very cold, but that didn't stop me for cheering on my Jags! We scored three touchdowns in the 1st quarter and I knew right then that the Jags were going to win this game! Also, at this game I was very excited because I got to see some of my classmates from high school, who came support our classmate who played for the other team. After a long cold game I was extremely proud of our football team because we won 30-8.

More Memories to come

I am very excited that we are playing Mississippi State at home this weekend! I must say this is probably the biggest game in the history of South Alabama Football. Tickets are sold out and it has been predicted that the Jaguars will win the game! Parking passes sold out in the first 30 minutes on Monday and this will probably be the largest crowd Ladd-Peebles Stadium has ever seen from the University of South Alabama. I will be attending this game and I can't wait to share what I experience with you all!

Let's make some history!
Go Jags!
Beat State!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Transition

I must say living not too far from home helped me transition into the college life. With me being an only child and the first in my family to go off to school I didn't know what to expect, but I adjusted to the campus life well. I also think the fact that I would spend my summers away from home helped me with the transition. My first semester of college I arrived 2 weeks earlier than everyone else because I was apart of the Jaguar Marching Band and band camp was about to begin. During those two weeks I was able to adjust to having a roommate, getting to know the campus, and being away from my parents. However, I was afraid that my parents wouldn't allow me to bring my vehicle to school with me but they said that they had no problem with me taking my truck and I'm glad they did because I also learned how to get around Mobile and shopping centers and some of my favorite resturants. Having my truck at school also gave me the opportunity to go home as often as I wanted to and as I transitioned I would go home about 2-3 times a month to meet up with old friends and to spend time with family. As the semester went on I adjusted to being on campus on the weekends and I found things to do like going to Pensacola Beach, football games, and sometimes I would go out and shop with my roommate.

You know what made the college transition even better? A ton of my classmates were attending South with me and I wasn't forced to break out of my shell and make new friends. Even though I moved to a city where none of my family lived and I was 45 minutes away from home. I still had people I knew I could lean and depend that lived right on campus with me. Having some of my classmates at the same college with me also helped me come out of my comfort zone.

It's not as bad as you think....

Monday, August 25, 2014

Shakeya JagGuide

About Me

Hi, my name is Shakeya Andrews and I am from Gautier, MS. I was born in Florence, SC but I moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the age of 9. I graduated from Gautier High School in 2011 and I began my 1st semester at South Alabama in Fall of 2011. I am a senior majoring in Elementary Education here at the University of South Alabama so feel free to ask me questions if you are thinking about majoring in Elementary Ed. I am currently active in two organizations on campus (Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc) I hope to also join FEA (Future Educators In Action), which is a new organization for Education majors within the next semester. This is my 2nd year as a resident assistant and I am currently a resident assistant for Epsilon, which is one of our newly renovated freshman halls! Also, some facts you should know about me is I am an only child who loves to travel and meet new people. I absolutely love to write! In high school I wrote a lot of poems but most of my writings are just free writings.

Feel free to friend me on Facebook at "Shakeya JagGuide" to ask questions!
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