Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Life After High School

My growth during college
After you graduate from high school, you're faced with many tough decisions as a young adult. One being whether or not to attend college. Speaking from my experience, going to college has been one of the best decisions that i have ever made because of the opportunities I've been fortunate enough to come by whilst attending USA. A few of the things (excluding education itself) about secondary education that I have found beneficial include: work experience, networking, socializing, and exposure to resources. All of the things are important to what i want to do in life. This brings me to another point. The decision for YOU to attend college should be based on what you want to do. Some career paths require you to have degrees (i.e medical, teaching, and engineering) while others you can do without. Just remember, going to college is you putting a huge investment into yourself. Things will be difficult at times, but i have found it all to be worth it in the long run.


Another reason i would say that it is a good idea to attend college is because employers are starting to push both educational and experience requirements up. So, if you want to be able to find a job in a competitive job market, then having some additional credentials isn't a bad idea.

However, this doesn't mean that college is absolutely mandatory for everyone. There are many people who didn't go to college at all or didn't earn a degree and still became very successful. Think about people like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney,and even Abraham Lincoln. None of them needed to complete college become successful. The one thing they all had in common was that they did what they truly desired to do.

Besides, there's no age limit on going to college.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Me Time!

After I've taken care of all things pertaining to my academics and school related extracurricular activities, I often time like to spend my "free time" engaging in my favorite activity: FISHING! One thing I love about attending USA is its proximity to the beautiful Gulf Coast. I'm literally minutes away from great fishing venues. Fishing is such a great way for me to relax and get away from the stresses of the day. Well.... except for that one time my brother and I sank the boat we were working on as a project, but that's besides the point.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

MAJOR DECISIONS!!

So you've decided on a school. Now you have to make another life altering decision, which is choosing a major. Well, let me tell you from experience that this is something that requires some serious consideration. When we're young, we all want to be Doctors, Lawyers, Astronauts, or famous athletes. However, things do change and and we often times end up living more "reasonable lives". We grow to learn what we actually like to do and are passionate about. I believe that these should be the driving forces that influence your decision about the major you choose.

Take me for example. My major is Psychology. However, when i first came in, i was an engineering major. I quickly learned that if you don't have a passion for the things you wish to do, then it it'll be much more difficult to excel. I've always had a passion for people and helping others. This, along with a length conversation with my academic advisor, is what led to my decision to change my major to Psychology. What i learned is that Psychology is one of the most versatile degrees one can possess. When it comes to careers, employers from many different fields like to hire Psychology. You can do Mental/Behavioral health, Human Resources, Social Work, Management, and Probation Officers just to name a few. This gives you more options for life after college, especially if you don't plan to pursue a Master's degree.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Home Sweet Home

One question I am asked quite often is " Ty, why did you choose South Alabama? I mean, you grew up here, and you had plenty of offers from other universities. What prompted you to choose South?" My answer to this question always include these three things.

  1. Proximity to home. I love being around my family. Attending South gave me the freedom we all desire, but also allows me to visit my relatives at my discretion. Also, Mobile sits right on the Gulf Coast and I love the water. Some of my favorite pastimes include fishing and going to the beach.
  2. South has one of the lowest total tuitions (including room and board) in the state of Alabama. Combine this with great scholarships and other forms of financial, makes it a very affordable institution.
  3. Growth. The University of South Alabama has been one of the fastest growing universities in the Southeast. It holds its own when it comes to prestige, and has become a "hot-spot" for students from all over the nation.
                            Shelby Hall Dedication

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

From Day1

So it's the first day of class, and you're the new person on campus. You're nervous because you don't know what to expect, and now you're walking round campus like a lost puppy. Well, let me be the one to tell you Don't Stress, everything is going to be okay. I'm going to give you some advice on how to survive the dreaded first day of school.

The first thing i recommend that you do is spend sometime getting used to the campus prior to the first day. This will make it easier to navigate to your classes, and help you avoid that awkward moment when you're like 15 minutes late for class. Also, you'll want to be prepared to take notes as teachers tend to start teaching on the first day due to the amount of information that must be  covered over the course of the semester. 

Another things that i would suggest you do is meet as many new people as you can. Eventually, some of them will become your friends, study-mates, or co-workers. Since this is the first day, most of your classmates are just as nervous as you. So why not reach out to one another, that way you're not in it alone.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Multiple Personalities

"They" (whoever they are) say that college is when/where you do the most growing up in life. I for one, cant agree with "them" more. Your education is by far the most important thing when it comes to college; however, there are many life experiences that you encounter once you actually leave the nest. For one, in college you're going to meet a lot of new people. Take your roommate for example. You go from being at home with family members, whom you have a tight bond with; to living with a stranger you'll probably meet face to face for the first time on move in day.

This can be difficult for many people because you have to get used to a completely new person and personality (sometimes more than one). Speaking from my experience, having a roommate was great. I was able to get different perspectives, and ideas from people of different cultures. It also allowed me to build my social skills, form new relationships, and increase my networking. If i could change one thing though, it would be the number of years i had a roommate in college. I only lived with a roommate for about 1 and a half years. I would easily have roomed with someone each year if i could go back and do it over again.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Truly Thankful!

When it comes to being a student here at South Alabama, I must say that I am most thankful for having been able to develop and grow alongside the University. I came here in 2009 (I know, I know you were still in middle school). But I have been able to witness some serious growth in this institution.
My first year here was the inaugural football season, and the Jags manage to remain undefeated the entire season ( Bleed it Red!!!). This was also the year that the Health Sciences Building was dedicated, providing a state of the art facility for our Allied Health and Nursing students.

Construction of USA'S Recreation Center in 2010
2010 was a very active year for the university. This year, South added three new buildings to its campus including a new Recreation center (which you can read about in my Rockin' Rec blog), the Moulton Bell Tower, and our Dining Hall. This was also the year i FINALLY figured out what i wanted to do with my life! With the help of Career Services and excellent advising, i was able to declare a major in Psychology. I couldn't have been happier with that decision.

Stokes Hall
 In 2011, the University added Stokes Hall to its campus. Just one year later, in 2012, the College of Engineering and School of Computing were officially able to call the state of the art Shelby Hall, their new home. Also, in 2012 i was able to walk-on to the USA Football team!!!! 
I actually scored on this play!
As the
University of South Alabama continues to grow, so do i. Since 2012. I have made the President's List ( 4.0 G.P.A) 3 times. I've also become much more involved on campus, joining 8 different student and academic organizations. With regards to South, in August, 2014 there was a record 16,055 students enrolled at the University.