Wednesday, February 21, 2018

College Prep

Seniors,

The end is in sight. Your college journey is starting soon! So, what should you be doing now?!

TAKE THE ACT ONE MORE TIME.

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The next ACT is being held April 14th. The deadline to register is March 9th. Just over two weeks away!

I know what you're thinking. Taking the ACT is awful. It's like a mini torture session for your brain. But hey, you got it! Higher ACT = more free money, aka SCHOLARSHIPS. Take it from me, I took the ACT FIVE times. I know, wild. However, my bank account thanks me when it's time to pay for my tuition.

While you're at it, take a look at South's scholarships based on ACT scores and GPA here: https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/financialaffairs/scholarships/freshscholarships/.

You'll thank yourself later,

Lyndsie JagGuide

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ain't No Problem Here

This semester, my favorite course has to be SY 112: Social Problems.

This course is online (yay for no class) and covers a wide variety of topics. I have found the information within it to be very interesting and applicable to my every day life. We discuss social theories that are seen all throughout our world.

The best part about this class is that even though it is online, I still learn just as much. However, I definitely have to use my time-management skills to sit down and do the online work. The teacher has also been extremely helpful and resourceful with any questions I or other students have had.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

So you've got your top three.. now what?

We're getting close to that time, Baby Jags. Are you still struggling to choose which college is right for you? Here are my top three tips in making the right decision:

1. Visit. You're spending the next FOUR years on that campus, you need a good feel of the place. I advise taking your parents as well, they've known you forever (literally) and will know if the campus is the right fit for you.

2. Collect your Coin. What kind of scholarships are they offering you? Tuition costs are ROUGH anywhere you go. Remember, free money is the best money.

3. Find your Major. What school offers the best program for your passion? Picking a school that is leading in research and technology is important for your future.

Signing out,

Lyndsie JagaGuide

Thursday, January 25, 2018

How should you visit USA?

Hello again Baby Jags,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. (A whole month later.)

When looking at your options to find out more about South, you have a ton. You can come to us, through a campus tour, USA Day, Diversity and Inclusion Preview Night, or a Scholastic Excellence Tour. We can also come to you through our newly revamped Preview South, where you will have the option to experience South in the comfort of your area. All of these options would be beneficial to your decision making process, but there is one in particular I would like to focus on.

The Scholastic Excellence Tours are held monthly and are exclusive for students who scored a 27 or higher on their ACT ( or 1240 or higher on their SAT). They give students the ability to meet with the Dean of the Honors College, get an overview of Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Study Abroad, Early Acceptance Programs, and National Scholarship Opportunities. As a member of the Honors College, I think this tour is crucial to see what South can offer YOU. 

Through the Honors College I personally have been given a position into the Early Acceptance Program for the College of Nursing, Studied Abroad in Italy, and am looking at Undergraduate Research Opportunities right now. Touring our campus and getting the opportunity to meet our Dean, Kathy Cooke, will do so much for your view of our university. 

As you narrow down your list of potential schools, I encourage you to find what life-changing opportunities South can offer you through our Scholastic Excellence Tour.

Until next time,

Lyndsie

GO JAGS!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Getting Involved!

One of my favorite things about South is how easy it is to get involved here. Every semester (typically the second week of classes) the Student Center hosts Get on Board Day! Get on Board Day is an event where all of our student organizations set up tables around the bottom level of the Student Center; giving the opportunity to passing students to learn more about each organization. Each organization will typically have 2-3 representatives at their table to talk about what their club does and even hand out free stuff! There are normally tons of organizations represented, so I'm sure each of you will be able to find your fit!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Inspiration

As the semester is coming to a close and Thanksgiving gave us a little whiff of what it's like being back home... finding inspiration to push on is hard. Finals ahead are daunting. In times like these, I have to remind myself why I am here. to get my degree. To become a nurse. To build my future. This mantra (and a couple of encouraging phone calls from home) keep me motivated.

Plus, it'll be over soon, and I can sleep all I want!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Looking for an Organization on Campus?

Hey baby Jags,

I'm going to take the topic for this week and use it to do a li'l shameless plugging for my organization, AAUW. The acronym stands for the American Association of University Women.

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We are a new organization to campus and our main goal is to empower women here at South. We hope to offer workshops and mentorship opportunities to help campus women become better leaders. Anyone that is a student at South and wishes to support women on campus is able to join.

Feel free to reach out to learn more about AAUW and other student organizations on campus!

Go Jags,

Lyndsie

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ahh! It's almost time to enter the adult world!

Seniors,

Right now, your life is full of lasts. Last first day of school. Last pep rally. Last football game. Last homecoming. Last year before adulthood! However, this year is full of plenty of firsts too. First time applying for college. First time visiting a campus. First time choosing an entirely different environment for yourself. In this jumble of feelings of craziness and excitement, there are a few important things to make sure you have covered before entering college.

1. Choose your top three. Research these schools to ensure they have majors and programs you're interested in, and are places you can see yourself prospering at (it's real easy to prosper at South btw).

2. Apply! Most colleges have priority deadline for scholarships (South's is December 1st) and you'll want to be accepted before then. Also, consider retaking the ACT or SAT to up your score for more scholarship money!

3. Visit. A campus might look great on paper but the vibe you get on campus is just as important. A special feature of the campus (South's Rec Center--shameless plug) might take it from your #3 spot to your #1.

Most of all, enjoy it. Enjoy your last days of high school with all the people who will follow completely different paths. Enjoy the process of finding where you'll be for the next four years. Make every moment as cliche and wonderful as it should be!


As always,

Go Jags!

Monday, October 30, 2017

My "Free" Time

Hey future Jags,

This week I wanted to share with you all what I do when I'm not in class or studying. While these two take up most of a college student's time, it is important to schedule time for yourself and things you enjoy! I love spending a majority of this time in organizations, such as the American Association for University Women, the Honors College, or Baptist Campus Ministries. I also spend time doing awesome things with my friends, like going to see movies, going to football games (Go Jags!), going out to eat, or exploring Mobile. However, outside of resume-building opportunities and friends, I spend my time being indulgently lazy. I have once watched three seasons of a show on Hulu in three days. Not joking. I basically eat, sleep, and watch television on my laptop. These nights are my self-care nights, giving me a break from any other responsibility. Though I may have this "treat-yo-self" attitude a little too often, it works well to help balance my busy schedule.

What do you do in your spare time?

Lyndsie

Monday, October 16, 2017

Homecoming!

This week is a big week for us Jaguars, it's HOMECOMING!

Homecoming is always an exciting time because there are so many events going on around campus. All week long, SGA and other organizations sponsor events for students to come out to. Tonight is my favorite tradition, "Junk the Jungle." On campus we have a traffic circle, and within it is a bunch of trees (great for enoing) that they call the "jungle." At the beginning of every homecoming week, SGA gives us hundreds of rolls of toilet paper to throw in the circle! This is such a fun event to bring a group of your friends to. On Wednesday, we have #JagWearWednesday, in which all Jags are encouraged to represent our school with their gear. This and all of the events throughout the week get us pumped for the game on Saturday. This year we're up against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. Because of our recent win against Troy (our biggest rival) this game should be really intresting!

Go Jags!

Lyndsie Rhoden

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall Break!

Our official Fall Break is this Thursday and Friday.

Typically, I would use this extra time to spend some quality time with my fam, but this Fall Break I will be staying in Mobile. I drive a Jeep and takes two full tanks of gas to get home and back, which equals about $80, and his broke college kid ain't got money fo that. To say I have bad gas mileage is an understatement.  Don't worry though, I went home last weekend due to my Mother's worry about my safety (thanks, Hurricane Nate), so I've had plenty of quality time with them.

Instead, I will be working, going to the Shrimp Fest in Gulf Shores, hopefully spending the day on the beach, and binge watching Hulu. The great thing about being here in Mobile is that it's still about 85 degrees outside, so the beach is still an option! There is also always tons to do downtown, so I'm sure I won't be bored. I am so thankful for South and the opportunity to catch a break from my classes! (I'll still probably end up needing to study though.)

I hope you take some time for yourself this weekend too, it's important.

As always, Go Jags!

Lyndsie Rhoden

College Prep

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