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!



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

THE TO-DO LIST!

As Seniors in high school, there are a few things that you guys should be doing right now to prepare for college.  In less that a year, you'll be part of the 2015 freshman class, so here is a list of important things that you should have or be in the process of doing.
  1. Narrowing down your college choices.
    • As you draw closer to graduation, it's important for you to have a pretty good idea of what school(s) you are interested in attending. If you have't decided by now, you should probably narrow you choices down to your top 3 or 4 schools. This will make comparing programs, tuition, scholarships, and campuses much more manageable. 
  2. Start thinking about your major.
    • It's a good idea to go a head and start thinking about your major as well. Doing this can help you plan and set goals. (also useful in helping to narrow college choices)
  3. Make Visits
    • After you've narrowed down your potential schools, you should try to set up visits to the university. This is a great way for you to get a feel of the university and the location.
  4. Look for outside Grants and Scholarships
    • Now is also a good time to start looking for outsides sources of funding. Outside Grants and Scholarships can be of great help when paying for college. There are many Companies, Institutions, and Organizations that provide tuition assistance to students entering college.
    • Here are some websites that might be useful in your search: 
  5. Just A Reminder
    1. Remember that you'll need to fill out the FAFSA soon.  The best time to apply is as soon as possible after January 1 and before the end of March for the following school year.
    2.  To see more details about preparing for college, please visit







Thursday, September 18, 2014

Free time: Use it wisely

When you first get to college, it'll  seem as if you have all the free time in the world. This is because you go from to spending  8 hours a day in class in high school to maybe 3 hours in college. There is also the fact that you don't attend the same classes everyday, so you might tend to put things off until a time closer to deadlines or what not. However, i strongly encourage you to use your time wisely. I'm telling you, there has to be some kind of ripple in time when it comes to the amount of time you feel like you have and the amount you actually have. 4 days can turn into 4 hours in a blink of an eye. 

When i came to college, this was a serious problem for me. I really wanted to find a way to management my time better. I wanted to be a "good student", but at the same time i wanted to enjoy all the luxuries of being a college student. I found out that if I took care of my academic duties first, there was still an AMPLE amount of time to do whatever else i wanted. I could be active on campus or hang out with friends and not have to worry about cramming for tests or rushing through  assignments.

After completing assignments and projects, I would spend the rest of my day working out at the Rec or playing basketball with my friends. I also enjoyed going to campus events like laser tag, cookouts, and FOAM PARTIES!





Thursday, September 11, 2014

USA Football: The Experince

As you guys will come to know, football is my favorite sport. My favorite memory(ies) about football is being on the USA Jaguar Football team in 2012. I was a walk on Running Back for our mighty Jags that year. This is not only my greatest football memory, but one of my favorite memories of all time. Getting the chance play the sport that i love, in my hometown city was just an amazing experience. I can remember walking out onto the Ladd-Peebles Stadium football field with the crowd roaring, portraying the epitome of college in the fall.



South! Alabama,
We're the pride of the red, white, blue
Loyal, strong and faithful,
To our Alma Mater true.
South! Alabama,
We will cheer you to win the day.
For its J-A-G-U-A-R-S for
USA!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Making The Transition

There were many things that i noticed were "different", to say the least, when i was making the transition from high school to college. By far, the most challenging thing for me was to find a way to cope with this new found freedom of being a college student. In high school, I can honestly say that there was a lot of "hand holding" from my parents and teachers alike. However, when i got to college, this all changed. I had officially become an adult and i was expected to do everything on my own. No longer did my parents wake me up for class. As a college student, you MUST have the ambition to be successful. This is what will make you get up and go to class each day or reach out for help when needed. I also had to learn how to study all over again because my usual methods (all-nighters before the test) had become inefficient. There was just no way for me to cover the amount of material discussed in class in just one night. So that had to change as well. Another thing that i think is worth mentioning is meeting new people, In high school i had a small group of friends that i hung out with. I strongly recommend going out and meeting new people when you arrive on campus. It is a good was to build your resources and expand your knowledge.