Monday, February 5, 2018

Fave Class: SHS 414

Hey Future Jags!

I hope everyone is having a good semester and that you all are having some luck with your college search! As some of you may know from my previous blogs, I am a Speech and Hearing Sciences major and a senior, and I am on my last semester of undergrad! My senior year has been extremely bittersweet in so many ways, and my classes have been no different. My classes this year have been quite a bit more difficult but also very interesting and informative. Today I wanted to tell you all about my favorite class this semester: SHS 414, Neurological Bases of Human Communication.

This course is easily one of my most difficult this semester, and I have had to do a good bit of work outside of class to master the course content. However, this course is taking my knowledge from my previous courses (such as Anatomy & Physiology, Psychology, and Speech Science) and combining it with information from my other Speech and Hearing courses. During this course we are learning about the neuro-anatomy of humans and the many disorders and damages that occur in the neurological system that could cause a speech and/or language problem. We have learned about the various ways Speech-Language Pathologists provide intervention and treatment to individuals with these problems.

                                Just included this picture of the anatomy of the Functional areas of the                           brain because this is the type of stuff I'm learning!

I particularly appreciate this course because it has shown me that Speech-Language Pathologists are versatile clinicians and help with patients with any number of health problems and speech and language problems. I have always imagined myself working with pediatric patients in the future, and while I still love learning about pediatric speech and language, SHS 414 has shown me that I could enjoy working with adult or elderly patients as well. I feel that SHS 414 has strengthened my drive to become a Speech-Language Pathologist because it has taught me more about my field and my own interests.

If you all have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. I'm happy to help!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tips for Choosing the Right College

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share some tips with you all about finding the right college for you. Starting the search for a college can feel like a huge undertaking. I know I was overwhelmed, and I had a hard time even knowing where I should begin. This post is for those of you who felt the same way I did. Hopefully these three tips help point you in the right direction!

  1. Find out what you want in a college. Do you want to go to a university with a smaller student population? Or do you just want a low faculty to student ratio? Do you want to attend a school that has football? Do you need a school with a wide selection of majors? Do you want to stay closer to home or are you okay with being further away? You may want to ask yourself these questions during your college search.
  2. Decide what is within your personal budget. College is definitely pricey nowadays, and this can be one of the greatest sources of stress when choosing a college. Are you willing to take out loans if need be? Will you receive financial support from family, and if so, how much? What scholarships will you be receiving? Will you be able to work part time during college if you want or need to?
  3. Determine if you will be happy with your decision. Above all else, I would say that this is the greatest determining factor. If you have a full ride to a school that is within driving distance of your home, but you wouldn't be happy with that deision, then pursue your dream! If your friends are all going away to college but you would be more comfortable staying home, then do what you know is best for you. 
Your decision for what college to attend is just that- your decision. Definitely don't be afraid to ask for help or guidance when you need it, but never be afraid to go with your gut and do what will make you happy. If you have any questions, feel free to message me!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Come See What We're All About!

Hey Future Jags! I know that you guys are enjoying your senior year of high school, and you're probably anxiously considering what college you'll be attending. If you guys need more information about South, feel free to come to a USA Day! Even if you have seen our campus before, our USA Day can be a very informative experience. When I was a senior in high school, it was really stressful to try to decide on a major and a college all at once. One of the best things about USA Day is that future students have the opportunity to tour their future major department and gain more information about their future major. Many campus organizations also come to USA Day, so future students can check out all the organizations here at South and all the ways they can get involved! If you would like more information about USA Day, check out the website here:
As always, feel free to message me with any questions! Go Jags!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Thankful for Honors

Hey Jags!

This week I wanted to talk about what I am grateful for here at South. I have so many things that I am grateful for here at South, and it's so hard for me to narrow it down to just one thing. But what I would like to talk about today is the USA Honors College.

I was accepted into Honors when I was a high school senior, and at that time we were considered an Honors Program. I had no idea what a huge impact this one organization would have on my college experience. I have met some of my best friends in college through Honors, and I have learned so much about myself. I am grateful for the academic opportunities I've had through research and honors classes. I have had to learn to increase my work ethic and put myself in situations that were difficult academically, and I feel that these things have made me grow as a person and a student.

It wasn't easy for me to pursue research opportunities and take challenging honors courses, but I am grateful for those experiences nonetheless. I have been able to witness the growth of this organization into an Honors College, and I love that this organization is always moving forward and striving for excellence. I am so proud to be a senior who will be graduating with Honors in May 2018!

Here is a picture of our Honors building, the Bethel, during the snow storm on December 9th, 2017. Photo credits to: @theuniversityofsouthalabama on Facebook

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Get Involved!

Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about my two biggest worries about going away to college: finding friends and getting comfortable in a new place where I didn't know anyone. I am an introverted person, so for me this means that it can be hard for me to put myself out there sometimes. It was also very intimidating for me to leave my hometown and all of my best friends and go into an unknown situation. So because of this, I was very concerned about getting to know South Alabama and finding friends here.

After coming on campus, I very quickly learned that I had worried unnecessarily! As I became more involved on campus, I met more people and became more comfortable with being at South. I grew to love this university, and these experiences connected me with other people here. I have made some lifelong friends on campus.

So what would my advice be to someone having the same worries and fears as I had? Get involved! Find an organization that interests you to get involved in. You can learn more about South Alabama by getting involved on campus, and you'll meet people with similar interests to yours. And if that organization turns out to not be a good fit for you, don't be afraid to start over and find something else. I have found so many different ways to get involved on campus, from the marching band to the honors college to being employed on campus. Every experience I have had has taught me different things about myself and about South Alabama, and I have found so many great people and friendships.

To all of you who are having these worries about finding friends and getting involved, don't have your pain in advance! You will find your way. If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to message me.

Go Jags!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Keep Moving Forward

With finals just around the corner, I am experiencing what I call a pre-finals week "slump." I am feeling sick, tired, and in general run down. I've noticed that for myself this is something I experience every semester right before finals week, and usually it's because I'm just exhausted and overwhelmed.

So what gets me through the "slump"? I remember that what I am working towards is so much bigger than any exhaustion I feel. My overall goal in life is to be a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). I feel confident in my choice of major and career, and I know that although getting a degree is a massive undertaking, it will be worth it. The way I see it, four years of struggling is worth a lifetime of fulfillment and joy. I choose to push through those times when I don't feel well and the times when college seems overwhelming because I am dedicated to living a good life. I want to be an SLP because I know that I need to live a purposeful and meaningful life. My undergraduate degree is a worthwhile stepping stone on the way to living my dreams.

While I will be getting my undergraduate degree very soon, I know that some of you are worried about your future and overwhelmed by all the decisions you are currently having to make. Make sure that you keep your eyes on your goals, and always keep moving forward!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Band Geek for Life

Hey Future Jags! I hope everything has been going well for you guys so far during your senior year of high school. For my blog this week I wanted to talk about an organization that is near and dear to my heart, the South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band (JMB).

I've mentioned before in my blog posts that I've been in band since I was in the sixth grade. I play the clarinet, and I know that band has been a huge part of my life growing up. So many of my friendships and experiences during middle school and high school were shaped by my involvement in band, and when I got to college I knew I didn't want to give it up.

So I joined the JMB here at South Alabama as a freshman, and it was definitely a great decision. Band camp took place about two weeks before classes officially started, so I had that time to get used to campus and really get settled in my residence hall. I have made some of my best friends in college through band, and I really developed a sense of school spirit while I spent nearly every Saturday during the Fall cheering on Jaguar Football.

The JMB does so much more than just play at football games, though. I love that the JMB supports USA by playing at different events (such as the Veteran's Day and Mardi Gras parades) and by sponsoring a canned food drive every year. I feel like my three years in band helped me get acquainted with Mobile and give back to this community. So I know that band isn't for everyone, but I know that I will be a band geek for life.

If you have any questions about what it's like to be in the JMB, please feel free to reach out to me! You can also check out the Jaguar Marching Band's website here:

Fave Class: SHS 414

Hey Future Jags! I hope everyone is having a good semester and that you all are having some luck with your college search! As some of you ...