Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiv(en)

USA has given me countless opportunities and experiences that I'm thankful for; however, I'm most thankful for my OVERALL experience at USA. I feel extremely grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to meet so many fun, intelligent and open-minded people. Students, faculty and even local Mobile residents have made my stay here very pleasant. For a person who gets homesick easily and, consequently, is experiencing her first extended stay away from home alone, having good people around is very comforting. I've also had the most fulfilling educational experiences. I've never felt so purposeful, excited and equipped to go out into the professional world. The knowledge base and clinical experience that my professors and supervisors have provided me with is immeasurable. Everyday I'm reassured that I made the right choice to become a student at USA, and am thankful that I know all of its glory first-hand.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Recreation Station

My favorite spot on campus is definitely the Recreation Center ("Rec Center"). I'm not a health nut by far, but I look forward to going to the Rec Center everyday. After a long, challenging day, the Rec gives me an outlet to relieve stress and reflect. Since it's also the space I use to work toward my fitness goals, I love that it's filled with so much state-of-the-art equipment. The equipment is so state-of-the art that my health nut friend, who's already a member of a commercial gym, was so impressed, she paid $10 just to experience it for one night. I love going to the Rec Center because it gives me a sense of freedom and accomplishment like no other campus location.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

JagSwagalicious

I love to be fashionable while sporting "brands" that I support, so University of South Alabama paraphernalia (also known as "jagswag") is perfect. I have one item in particular that stands out as my favorite: it's a navy blue sweatshirt that's labeled "South Alabama Speech Pathology." It represents three of my favs (fashion, University of South Alabama and Speech-Language Pathology) all in one sweatshirt. It's also awesome because it's warm, cozy and convenient to throw on while studying or heading out to class. It's total jagswag overload.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Festivities in the USA

The best on-campus event that I've attended at USA has been the Fall Festival hosted by the Women of Excellence. Women of Excellence is an organization on campus which, like its name implies, promotes & cultivates excellence amongst young women on campus. This event was hosted in the Student Center and was definitely student-friendly! There was free food, games, prizes & music to enjoy. This event was undoubtedly a great way to celebrate the best season of the year.

Monday, October 20, 2014

CliniClass is in Session

I've had plenty of classes that I've enjoyed, mainly because I'm studying a field that keeps me interested. My favorite class, though, is clinical practicum. This is a class in which we put the things we've learned in our classes into practice in an actual clinical setting. We administer diagnostic evaluations, provide treatment and educate our patients on how to improve on their current status. Although preparation involves intricate planning and intense studying, it's undoubtedly worth it. All of the hard work is rewarding, since this is what helps clients to achieve their goals. Besides the nature of the coursework, I always have amazing supervisors that make the experience more pleasant. They're always willing to offer suggestions as well as provide critical feedback about my performance. Clinical practicum has been an unforgettable learning experience that has shaped me toward my ultimate goal: becoming the Beyonce of Speech-Pathology LOL.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hold on, We're Coming Home

The University of South Alabama is naturally, a very spirited school. As I've said in a previous post, students really get into football games and wear paraphanelia regularly. There is one week in particular though, that totally embodies the school spirit of South: Homecoming Week. It's a week full of festivities celebrating the gloriousness that is SOUTH and building hype around the big football game that takes place on that Saturday. This week is actually Homecoming Week at South, and there's plenty to get into. The student center hosted an event earlier this week which invited students to enjoy food, music & fun activities to get the jag swag in motion. Later today, the Mitchell Center here on Campus will be hosting a similar event with free food, music, games & giveaways to get the jag adrenaline flowing. Events like these are great opportunities to socialize with fellow jags and bond over our pride for the USA.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

YAY USA

I often talk about how I've had the best college experience at the University of South Alabama. Instead of citing a single event, I will say that there are many experiences that I've had due to my being a student at USA. I've not only had the luxury of visiting the beach on weekends & school holidays & indulging in fresh seafood.but I  have also been  able to experience warm weather for the majority of the year. These things are all complementary to the awesome academic experience I've had as a student. All of my professors & clinical supervisors have been extremely helpful in educating & making me feel at ease. Moreover, my classmates' level of dedication is so admirable & motivates me to be a better student. I owe my gratitude from my great experience all to USA.