Monday, April 20, 2015
Did you know that a 2007 study by WeatherBill, Inc. determined that Mobile is the wettest city in the contiguous 48 states, with 66.3 inches (1,680 mm) of average annual rainfall over a 30-year period. Mobile averages 120 days per year with at least 0.01 inches (0.3 mm) of rain? And, in Mobile, when it rains, it pours or at least it appears that way when the roads flood.
Luckily, South's campus is rarely affected by flooding. So, if you live on campus and need something to do catch a jagtran to the student center or the rec center. If you live off campus, it is probably best for you to stay where you are if it is severe. I recommend asking locals, friends, or neighbors which roads in the area flood and try to avoid them when it rains.
For me, I usually spend my rainy days catching up on homework if I'm feeling motivated. Otherwise, you can catch me relaxing on the couch watching netflix or enjoying a book in the while taking a bubble bath.
Rain is inevitable in Mobile. I recommend always carrying an umbrella on you and in your car for when it rains. For the girls, I suggest making the best of it and buying cute rain boots, rain coats, and umbrellas. After all, it does rain 120 days a year here, you might as well make the best of it. However, it really isn't as bad as it sounds! The rain in Mobile isn't a constant rain. Even on the rainiest days it usually has breaks where the sun comes back out before raining again.
Monday, April 13, 2015
My career goals are to become a clinical psychologist working with active-duty military, veterans, and their families to overcome mental health issues and struggles with day to day living. The military population is a unique community of people that go through things that most civilians never will. South has helped me tremendously in reaching my goals. I work in Dr. Currier's TRAIL lab and research PTSD and Moral Injury in military populations. With the guidance of Dr. Currier and help from my team I just submitted my first abstract for a poster to the ISTSS conference for Trauma related disorders. The psychology department - from the beginning - has been nothing but helpful in giving pointers and tips on how to succeed in the field. Joining Psi Chi and Psychology club was also a very vital part of my journey to be where I am now. I have met so many people who have helped and encouraged me with almost every part of my life, but especially preparing for graduate school. The psychology department really is my family and my home away from home. I have chosen to dedicate my life to helping a population that is really having a hard time right now. Nothing else to me could be more rewarding then giving it back to some of the people who really need it most.
Thank you to all of our service men and women who chose to fight for our country.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Reflecting back on the past three years, I have to say that I have really enjoyed my time here at South. There isn't much I would change about my time here, but if I had to do something over I would have joined clubs and organizations right away during my freshman year.
When I moved down to South, I had moved here from Illinois with my best friend since third grade. I had no real motivation to try and make new friends or keep myself busy because I already had my best friend, work, and classes. Well life doesn't always go as planned and my best friend ended up moving back to Illinois for family reasons. So, second semester I was feeling a little out of place on campus.
One day I just got tired of going to class then going to work or to my apartment so I started looking for things to do. I ended up rushing and getting into Kappa Delta. I joined Psychology Club and Psi Chi and then ran for treasurer for both and won! I started going to Baptist Church Ministries and found a great group of friends there. I also started volunteering at the Mobile SPCA this semester. This was also the semester I got a job as a Jag Guide!
By joining all of these, I finally began to feel like South home. I just wish I would have done this the first semester of my freshmen year. My suggestion to incoming freshman would be to immediately branch out and find groups to join. You will make friends with people who will help you down your road to success, life long friends, and you'll feel like you make a difference on this campus. Not only that, but don't rely on old friends to be around. As they say, "make new friends but keep the old" because life happens, friends don't always stay friends, your friends may end up leaving South, you just never know. It's always good to leave your comfort zone. I know I don't regret it.
Monday, March 30, 2015
If I had to choose one word to describe USA I would describe it as neighborly.
Neighborly: adj : of, relating to, or characteristic of congenial neighbors; especially : friendly <a neighborly welcome>
The University of South Alabama has a very inclusive, familial feel to it. Students are always exchanging friendly hello's in passing on the sidewalks and in the hallways of campus. Small talk and pleasant conversations are frequent between previously unfamiliar students in places on jagtrans and elevators. Professors are always doing the best they can to help their students reach their goals and achieve greatness. Student organizations frequently team up for events and fundraisers! South is a community of diverse people that enjoy coming together for fun events, to help one another, and to make everyone feel at home while on our campus.
Monday, March 23, 2015
The most beautiful time on campus is the Spring! Campus comes alive with all kinds of beautiful flowers and it is breathtaking. My favorite flowers are hydrangea and they bloom all over campus. It is really nice to be driving to class or walking into work on campus and seeing my favorite flowers everywhere. South does a great job of beautifying their campus in the Spring time!
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Whenever I'm not in class and have extra time, I try to volunteer at the Mobile SPCA. I am a volunteer cat socializer! One of the things I miss most about home is my pets. I started to look for something to fill the void of the precious purrs i missed from home. I was on the Mobile SPCA Facebook page when I saw that they needed someone to spend time socializing cats that had been up for adoption for a year or more. For most of those cats, the only interaction with people they were accustomed involved cage cleaning, feeding, and vet visits. So, my job was to try warm the cats up to human interaction in hopes that they would stop hiding in their cages and give them a better chance for a furever home. All I do is play and love on the cats! They don't know that they're helping me as much as I help them.
If you are interested in volunteering they are always in need of help and not far from campus! Here is a link to their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/mobilespca/timeline
Pictured are some of Mobile SPCA's cats that have been there for over a year.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Being in college is amazing and something I looked forward to all through my high school years. I was envious of college students who had the freedom of being out of the house and getting to decide for themselves whether or not to go to class everyday. Once I had my first taste of this, I immediately realized that skipping classes would be a bad decision. The temptation to skip class is real and it will taunt you. Gone are the days of your school and mom hounding you go to class. Most professors don't even require attendance. It's all up to you to now... You'll have to dig down deep at 6 a.m. when it's cold and rainy on a Monday and every bone in your body is begging you to stay in bed.
For me, this was the most difficult part of adjusting to college. I am a night owl and by nature I want to stay up all night, so waking up to go to my classes has always been difficult. Since being in college, I've had to learn that I can't stay up past midnight or I'll be snoozing through my alarms the next day. Setting a time to go to bed has definitely made my morning alarm a little more tolerable. I've also learned that turning on a lamp and standing up right when my alarm goes off is a good way to make sure I don't fall back asleep. I think it's okay to skip a class and take a "personal day" every now and then. After all, we are in college and this is probably the last time you will have the luxury to do that. Just be smart about taking days off class. Student's that regularly attend class do better than those who do not.