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!
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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.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rockin' Rec

Okay, so i know all you future Jags are wondering about all the "sweet" spots on campus. Well let me tell you this. My absolute favorite place on campus is by far our Rec Center. It's simply a "one stop shop" for all things you could ask for as a student. If you like sports, there's basketball, volleyball, and racqetball to name a few. For all of my gym rats.... well just see for yourself.



One of my favorite places in the entire Rec has to be our Resort Style Pool. It's truly a beautiful site to admire, There is also a hot tub where you can relax away the stresses of the day! 

Also, there is wifi throughout the rec center just in case you need to study, or if you want to watch nextflix in the hammock that hangs on the deck. and don't forget to stop by the smoothie counter before you leave!


Here is a short video of what goes on in the rec center here at South Alabama

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Swagtastic!

When it comes to having "Jag Swag", I would consider myself a connoisseur. My favorite piece of Jag Swag has to be my South Alabama printed sunglasses.  They're white with small USA Jaguar logos covering the entire surface. We all like to look stylish as we strut around campus, but these glasses add a whole new meaning to swag!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gotcha!


My favorite on campus activity I've had the luxury of participating in is by far a campus-wide game of "Gotcha". This was a week long event and all student were invited to participate. You may have played this game before (you might know it by a different name), but for those who aren't familiar with it, Gotcha is a game where you are given a picture of one of the other participants in the game. Your objective is find that person somewhere on campus. It could be at the rec center, in the dining hall, in class, at the student center, or just walking around the campus. Once you find them, you spray that person using a can of silly. You then collect the picture(s) they have and go to look for those people. At the end of the week, the person with the most pictures received a prize. It was a very fun activity for students to participate in and it also provided a means by which students could get to meet and know new people.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reduce Stress and No Tests!!!

As a Psychology major, I spend a lot of time with my head in the books. So, when an opportunity came for me to to take a class that would give me hands on practical experience, i was all in for it. During my Junior year, i had the privilege of enrolling in a directed studies course under supervision of Dr. Elise Labbe (Director of Clinical Training). Little did i know how much i would enjoy this class. One of Dr. Labbe's specialty areas includes evaluating mindfulness based interventions for psychological and health related problems. This sounded very interesting to me so i chose to focus my study on this field. This was one of the best college decisions i've ever made, and the course quickly became my favorite class.
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One reason i liked this course so much was because i got to work alongside current grad students in our Clinical and Counseling Doctorate Program. These student were very helpful and seemed eager to share with me all the knowledge they had gained so far. I even got the chance to help some of them on research projects by recording data collected from clinical trials.

My favorite part about this class, however, was learning about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, This program uses practices similar to yoga and meditation to help people become more mindful of themselves and their environment. It is beneficial for stress reduction, relaxation, and improvement of quality of life.
 




As an added bonus, there were no tests, quizzes, or exams. I was, however,  required to keep a journal of my experiences. To display my knowledge on the subject, I would sit in one on one (sometimes group) meeting and talk about MBSR and the techniques associated with it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SCHOOL SPIRIT!

We it comes to spirit South can compete with best of the best of the best. With this being our Homecoming weekend, our already high level of school spirit is multiplied by ten. Don't be leave me? Check out this video of the entire South Alabama Family showing their school spirit:


As you can see, one thing that set USA apart from the rest is how far reaching our school spirit is. Not only do our students and faculty exhibit school spirit, but the entire city of Mobile has become part of Jag Nation.

USA Students, Staff, and Community Members showing their School Spirit!
One of my favorite things to do to show my school spirit is to participate in many of the events in Spirit Week. Yes! We have an entire week dedicated to showing how much we love our University.
Many of our events are even open to the general public. Check it out and maybe you can stop by and show your "Future Jag School Spirit"!

Go Jags!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

USA: A university like no other

If there is one thing you can be certain of, it's that the University of South Alabama is certainly committed to providing its students with a wealth of knowledge and experience. I will be the first to say that i have benefited greatly from the opportunities presented to me here at South.m As you guys know, I'm a Psychology major. So, experience and research is very important if you plan on furthering you education. I am proud to saw that i have had the privilege to work and study under the supervision of two very prominent individuals at USA. I was able to take a Directed Study course with Dr. Labbe-Coldsmith, the Director of the of Clinical Training in our Psychology Clinic. I had the opportunity to learn about a practice called Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction, which is very similar yoga. I was also able gain hand on experience in research and data collection. This same semester, i also had the luxury of completing an internship under the direction of Dr. Roma Hanks, the Chair of our Sociology department. Doing this time, i was able to gain experience in grant writing, research and working with elderly populations. These experiences will remain with me forever. I'm so thankful that I was able to take in so much knowledge and gain that valuable experience from these experts in their respective fields. To hold such high positions at the university and still put the interest of the student first is something you wont find in every school!