Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time to Kill

The older I get, the more I realize how much of a gift time really is. When I came to college, I definitely had no idea and took the extra time I gained in my schedule for granted. In the beginning of my freshman year, I spent a lot of my free time doing fruitless things like perusing the internet and TJMAXX, sleeping and just doing whatever else snagged my interest. Unfortunately, little did I realize that working on upcoming assignments in advance would be a lot more beneficial. As the semester progressed, I noticed I was spending a lot of time playing catch up, even though I had been given a list of upcoming assignments on the syllabus for each class. To avoid unnecessary stress from procrastination, I began writing upcoming assignments throughout my planner, so that during "free time" I could work ahead and complete those assignments. This definitely helped me to stress less and freed up more time later on, since I'd completed my assignments in advance.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Football Fever

As a southern woman, I should be dainty, hospitable and an avid football fan... or so they say. I guess 0.5 out of those three stereotypes isn't so bad, with the "0.5" representing my being halfway hospitable. Although not being dainty has not been to my detriment, it can actually be isolating to be a southerner and to not to be into football. This is also true with my being a USA student, since I've heard so many GREAT stories about the excitement surrounding our football games and our football team in general.

One of my fellow JagGuides told me that he recently stood in line ALL NIGHT LONG to get his hands on a parking pass for the Mississippi State Game. The fact that he not only stood uncomfortably, but also went without sleep just to make sure he would be able to park at the game spoke volumes to me: I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS MADNESS!!!

I've gotten revved up to the point that I've wanted to go some games to join the fun that is USA football: anything that gives other students such an intense sense of pride and makes them so uncontrollably excited to support the Jaguars is ok with me! Unfortunately, my very limited knowledge about how football actually works and my work load from graduate school always politely remind me to calm down.

Fortunately, I'm still graceful and classy

and I support the JAGS in my paraphernalia (and in spirit at the games) no matter what!!!

...unfortunately, I've been condemned to the kitchen. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Metamorphosis

Transitioning from high school to college was a real challenge for me: I felt a tremendous shock wave in moving into a new realm of independence. While I've always been an independent spirit, I still appreciated the occasional nudges from my parents for some things, like waking up in time to accomplish the day's tasks. 

I've always been a night owl and simply someone who thoroughly enjoys sleeping overall, so most times, my parents offered bits of "motivation" to wake up while I was in high school. Not having a car to drive effectively led me out of bed every morning. 

On the other hand, with the extra time in I gained in between classes in college, coupled with the late nights of studying, my priorities changed significantly.....

Needless to say, I quickly learned there were still repercussions to face in college for being late and/or absent. Although the transition from high school to college was tough, it definitely helped to make my transition from the undergraduate to graduate level occur more smoothly. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

I'm Brittany Autery, a second year graduate student at the University of South Alabama. I currently have a bachelor's degree is in English, but in May 2015, I will graduate with a master's in a different field: Speech-Language Pathology. I love my (future) profession, and I love my university. I've attended three schools in my seven-years of being in college, and my favorite has been the University of South Alabama. It has afforded me the best overall value and experience, and making the decision to attend USA was probably the best decision of my college career.

Presenting the Pat Covey College of Allied Health Professions Speech-Language Pathology Class of 2015