Monday, September 15, 2014

Do I really have free time?

WARNING: College may lead to an excessive amount of free time. Side effects listed by students with lots of free time includes, but is not limited to: binge watching Netflix, planning their whole life on Pinterest, oversleeping, overestimation of time, poor time management skills and/or procrastination, and are more likely to be persuaded by friends to do unproductive tasks.
As I talked about in a previous blog, college is not nearly as structured as high school. With that being the case, you will find that you have a lot more free time then you've had before. Making the adjustment for some can be difficult but I made a smooth transition into my new found free time.

My transition to free time was an easy one because I still had commitments that kept me on track, like I did in high school. Even before I came to South I had already started trying to find jobs. It took me awhile, but eventually I found an off-campus job. Having a job to take up some of my time made it easier for me to use the time I did have more effectively. I would imagine it would also be the case for student athletes or students involved in Greek Life. Having something to fill a few hours a day or every few days made it much easier to use the free time I had for productive things like studying.

I would suggest that all new students find something productive to do to take up a few hours of their free time a week. I believe that limiting your amount of free time allows you to make better use of it. For example, if you only have 2 or 3 hours of class a day that leaves you with a lot of free time, and in my opinion, makes it easier to lose focus or get off track. Oppositely, not having as much free time allows you to more accurately assess how much you really have.

Also, I would recommend having a planner to allow you to keep track of important deadlines. If you don't keep close a close eye on your due dates, you can really overestimate the amount of time you have to study or forget about a due dates altogether.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Favorite Football Memory!

In preparation for the much anticipated University of South Alabama vs. Mississippi State football game this week, I want to share my favorite football experience with you. My favorite football memory is from my Freshman year, back in 2012. While, I can't tell you who won that day or even who we played, it was a lot of fun to be with friends and "watch" the game. *Side note: For those of you who read previous posts, I have lived in hockey loving states my whole life, so hockey is my sport of choice.* For my friends and I, it was more about being with new friends and enjoying the experience more then the technicalities of the sport. After the game, we went to Baumhower's and had wings! It was an enjoyable night.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Making the Transition

From the time I started high school, I was looking forward to the day I could walk across that stage and receive my diploma. Marking the end of bells every 55 minutes, 5 minute breaks between classes, and nasty school lunches. The thing I didn't realize was how hard going from a jail-like structure to no structure would have really been. 

In college no one is responsible for you, but you. Whether or not you attend your classes will be entirely your own decision. If you decide not to go to class, the school is not going to call your parents or turn you in for truancy. Some professors don't even keep track of absences, making it easy to only show up once a week and on test days. However, as nice as that sounds, those who go to class on a regular basis have higher test scores than those who don't. Oppositely, there are professors who take attendance every class or maybe not every class but give pop quizzes to see who is really coming to class and paying attention. In my experience, finding the motivation to go to class whenever I'm tired or just don't feel like going  was one of the hardest parts of the transition. Making the mature decision to go to class, when no one is making you, will pay off whenever you ace your tests and get to know the professors. 

Don't get me wrong, losing the structure is one of the hardest parts about the transition, but it is one the best parts too. College is a time to grow and find the strength to do the things everyone else has been doing for you your whole life. It may be difficult but it is very rewarding when you walk across the stage at your college graduation knowing you did it completely on your own!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Introduction to Alyssa!

Welcome Class of 2015!

My name is Alyssa Wood and I am a Jag Guide here at the University of South Alabama. I'm writing this to welcome you to our beautiful campus and tell you a little bit about myself. I'm doing this in an effort to allow you to not only get to know me, but familiarize yourself with the questions I can help you out most with.

The Basics: I am 20 years old and I'll be 21 in October. I only have one sibling and that is an older brother who is leaving for the Army this September. I am a junior and am a Psychology major. I do not have a minor right now but I am considering Criminal Justice or Political Science. South was my number one pick for college and I'll explain why in a future blog!

Where I came from: I am from Southern Illinois! I am a military brat and while my dad served his 20 years in the Air Force I lived in: Illinois, Washington (state), and New York. Illinois is where my dad retired and where I went to middle school and high school. In Illinois I lived fifteen minutes from St. Louis and will always consider that my "home".

Group affiliations at South: I am the current President of Psi Chi and Psychology Club. Last year I was the Treasurer of both. I am also a former member of Kappa Delta Sorority. I also attend Baptist Campus Ministries whenever I can!

Things I love: Picnics under the bell tower with friends! Baking home made cinnamon rolls. Anything and Everything cat related. I enjoy watching hockey and the St. Louis Blues are my favorite team. I love spending time in Gulf Shores and Orange beach. I also enjoy dinner on the causeway with friends {The Original Oyster House is my favorite}.