Thursday, November 20, 2014
Here at USA the thing I am most thankful for has to be the professors. I have yet to take a class where the professor did not genuinely care if I passed or not. No matter if it was one of my criminal justice classes or a general education class like biology or history, they all have not only wanted me to pass, but actually know the material and understand it as well. Having these professors actually care about your education as much as you do makes going to class, having discussions in class, and all around studying more worth while. It would be extremely easy for them to just lecture for 3 hours a week and just grade the test in front of them, but instead they put their all into making sure we, as students, get it. This is something that I believe helps USA to shine and is definitely something that I have to be thankful for!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
My favorite place on campus is the Humanities building. Being a Criminal Justice major, the majority of my classes are in there as well as the majority of my general education/elective classes. It holds departments for philosophy, history, literature, foreign languages, Criminal Justice and Sociology. It also has a computer lab on the bottom floor in case you need to use the internet in between classes, and it is open to students as long as it isn't occupied by a class during that time. There is even a lounge with chairs and couches you can go to in between classes with drink and snack machines as well.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
My favorite piece of Jag Swag that I own has to be my custom South Alabama basketball shoes. Whenever I decided that I wanted to come to USA I immediately went online to nike's website and made my very own design and color scheme for my shoes. I thought what better way to show school spirit and still have style at the same time than to have a unique item that represents my school and my personality all in one. The shoes are high top, white, with blue and red trim. I just wish I had a picture of them to show you guys but I will be sure to post one on my next blog!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
My favorite on campus activity is by far intramural sports. I love playing sports here on campus whether it's soccer, football, dodge ball, or softball I love going out and being active. It's a great way to hang out with friends, take a break from studying, and, if you're like me, compete against other people. It is a lot of fun to play and really easy to sign up. Plus you get to pick which night of the week works best for you, so that way you don't have to worry about it interfering with school or a job. I highly recommend playing intramural sports here at USA because it's a fun, healthy way to spend time with friends and get away from school for awhile.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
In my Junior year here at USA I have had quite a few classes. Some I have enjoyed and some... I have enjoyed a little less. However, one class I am taking this semester for my major of Criminal Justice, is Intro to the Offender. In this class we actually look at why people commit crime. We look at lower-class crime, we look at white-collar crime, we look at delinquency crime, we even look at environmental crime which is where someone commits crime just by being in a certain city or location. What we do is study different ideas, or theories, that experts have come up, and then we will discuss possible flaws in the theory or why this theory does a poor job of explaining crime. It has extremely interesting material because it answers that ever lingering question of WHY? why do people commit crime? why do people steal? or commit assault? or embezzle money? This course looks at this question and seeks to discover why it is that someone engages in criminal behavior. Another thing that makes this course awesome is the professor which is Dr. Sarah Koon-Magnin. She goes to great links to understand the material herself in order to relay the information to her students in a way that we will understand. She actually cares to research these different theories and find out exactly why it is that some of them don't work. Overall, having this type of material to study, combined with a professor who cares as much as this one, assures me that I picked the right major and reassures me why I fell in love with Criminal Justice in the first place.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Here at USA one of the things that really has school spirit is our book store. They have just about anything you can think of with the University's name or a jaguar on it. From hats and shirts to glass mugs and key chains. They even have different notebooks with the University's logo on it. They have things to decorate your dorm room in USA gear as well as what you'll need for game day to support the Jags. Such things as jerseys, tailgating tents and chairs, face stickers, and foam fingers. They have money clips, sunglasses, even stuffed animals! I'm telling you they have just about anything to represent school spirit. Go Jags!
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ok one thing that I think helps USA stand out from other universities is that we have a tower in the middle of our campus. It is really tall and you can see it from almost anywhere that you are on campus. During my freshman year in my freshmen seminar class we had to walk around campus during our free time for homework and go to certain hot spots on campus and document what they looked like. The Moulton Tower was one of the places on my list and I thought "how am I going to write anything other than that it is really tall", but when I actually got to it I realized that there was a mural underneath that celebrated the history of USA with sports figures, professors, and student life. I thought this was really cool and it fascinated me because I thought that it made USA stand out from other universities. A lot of universities have towers but this one had something that helped it stand alone. One figure stood out to me, however, over all the rest. I saw a professor of mine in the mural and I thought that was really neat to not only have this mural underneath the tower but that I actually saw one of my professors. His name was Dr. Mata and he was my Biology 101 professor.
This is the Moulton Tower at night
This is a picture of the Mural from underneath the tower.
My professor is the man above in the blue shirt on the left side of the picture.