Thursday, April 21, 2016

How to defeat Senioritis

It is definitely that time of the year again. You can feel it in the air. Senioritis is upon us. This is a dangerous, but very easy, mindset to fall into. You're almost done with school and so close to going to college that all you care about is getting out. STOP!!! re assess the situation and use these 3 tips to help defeat Senioritis.

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1. Keep the end goal in mind! Understand that every day of High School has its purpose and you need to make sure to stay on top of your grades all the way to the end because they DO follow you to college.

2. Savor every second you have left of High School. While most students can't wait to get out of high school, they soon regret thinking that way not long into their college careers because not only is college more difficult, but you don't get to see your same friends every single day like you did in High School. Sure you make new friends in college but definitely enjoy the time with your friends now while you can.
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     3. Practice makes perfect. Go ahead now and treat these last weeks like the beginning of your college career. Think that how I end right now is how I want to start come the Fall in college. If you practice that mindset now it will come so much easier when college actually gets here.
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Use these tips to help get you through these long last weeks because here soon those weeks won't seem like they took any time at all.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

We Are South

To me, We Are South means having pride in your school. It's the little things with the big things. If you see a piece of trash on the ground, you pick it up. It means saying hello to someone else you see in public that is wearing South Alabama apparel. It means saying Go Jags to another Jag for acknowledgement or agreement.
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These little things that you as a student should take pride in and feel honored to represent the University. The same University that is making strides to continue to improve each year and continue to grow and develop for its' students.
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You should look at this as more than a saying. At USA it is who we are, after all, We Are South

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

My hardest decision

Image result for mile marker 180Hello everyone! Today I want to tell you about the hardest decision I've had to make during my time here at South. To some people, coming from all over the country, 180 miles may not seem like a great distance. To others, it may seem like light years away. That is how far away I am from where I live. My hardest decision has been whether or not I can deal with being tis far away from home. I understand that it is different for everyone but I can honestly say that being this far away has helped me tremendously to grow as a person and helped me transition into adulthood. Having this distance between myself and home has taught me how to be more responsible, independent, and life lessons I would have never learned if I stayed close to home.
Image result for life lessonsLike most kids about to go to college, I wanted to spread my wings a little and experience college without having my parents always hovering over me. But when I got to college, I realized how much I missed being at home and around my family. This was indeed gut check time and I had to really think about what I wanted to accomplish while I was at South.  There was the obvious like make good grades, get more scholarships, and earn a degree but I wanted more. I wanted something that would help me more so as a person than just as a student. I needed to find out who I was and who I wanted to become, and having this distance has helped show me what kind of person I have become and the direction that I am heading in.
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It turns out, that deciding to have this distance between myself and where I am from was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.                     

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Best Advice I ever Received

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The best advice that I have ever received is simple. Don't be afraid to fail. When you are put in unique situations where you have a chance to standout, or have once in a lifetime opportunities, don't be afraid to fail. This piece of advice has helped me succeed in school, sports, and ROTC. I have had extremely unique opportunities that I have taken advantage of simply because I wasn't afraid to volunteer. One of these examples, is that I was able to sit in the cockpit of a C130 while it landed. This was one of the coolest experiences of my life because I got to witness all of the different steps and protocols that go into landing an aircraft.
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I also had the opportunity to graduate ROTC's version of Boot Camp as a distinguished graduate. This was due in large part to the advice that I was given. There were times when I was timid or anxious but decided to step up anyways, because I would not have been able to live with myself if I hadn't given it my all.

Another example that the advice has paid off for me is with my current job as a Jag Guide. I really didn't care for talking on the phone prior to attending college. I would get really anxious and nervous about how the call would go. This made me hesitant to want to work as a Jag Guide, but after I began to do it, I loved it. The decision to give the job a chance has really paid off for me. I get to work for my University and assist them in recruiting future students. Not to mention this job has also helped me get over the fear of talking on the phone.
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All in all I would say don' be afraid to fail. Some of the best things in my life have come simply because I was willing to try, and sometimes, that's all it takes.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

My Favorite Quote

Hello all! Today I wanted to share with you my favorite quote. This quote means a lot to me not just for what it says but the meaning that comes with it.

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling, which thinks that nothing is worth war, is much worse. The person, who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

                             -John Stuart Mill

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This quote, to me, means that those that aren't willing to fight for something, whether it is war or anything else, are sad people. Sad in the sense that they need other people to fight for them because all they think about is themselves. It takes a selfless, courageous, and determined person, man or woman, to fight for what they believe in and they key is that they know there are things worth fighting for. This is the war. Not just with Armies and Navies but war as a struggle, a fight, for something that is worth fighting for.