Thursday, April 19, 2018

How I Chose Nursing

Choosing a major is one of the biggest pressures felt coming into college. Your future is shaped by the path you choose to take.

I have always had a passion for people. Building relationships and being of service to others is something I have always strived for. For me, a career as a Nurse is a path to accomplish both of these things.

I hope to eventually become a Nurse Practitioner and work in women's health. This includes graduate school and a lot more learning, but I'm excited for my future and the opportunities to come that will lead me there.

Whatever major you choose, make sure it's one your heart calls you to. (As cheesy as that sounds.)

Lyndsie JagGuide

Thursday, April 12, 2018

We Are South

This week, the JagGuides are filling in the blank: We are _____.

For me, this phrase means: We are Family.

With my hometown being four hours away, I knew no one coming into this community. But through the opportunities South has offered to be involved on campus, I've met people I genuinely think of as a second family. The students at South are warm, accepting, and ready to get to know you! South offers a sense of community that is unique to this campus.

Come take a tour and find out for yourself!

Lyndsie JagGuide

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Time-Managed Self-Care

Hey baby jags,

Today I wanted to talk about the quality that has helped me most during my college career: time-management. Being a college student is enough in itself, but adding in a social life, a job, extracurricular activities, and even sleep can seem impossible. This is where time-management comes in, because, balance.

While you're chasing your future and avoiding FOMO, it's important to take time for yourself. I am a very scheduled person, with every day planned to the hour (like, even how much I'll sleep that night. Or when I'll eat. Or breathe. Or think. I know, sounds crazy). But in this schedule, I make sure to have ME-TIME. This means a $2 face mask from Target, a big ole tub of ice cream, and a 90's rom-com.

Managing time for myself out from the rest of my schedule keeps me sane. Self-care lets me hit the refresh button on my motivation, and has saved me from the brink of several mental breakdowns.

Until next time,

Lyndsie JagGuide

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

I miss my family!

One of the main reasons I chose South was because it's just far enough that I don't HAVE to go home every weekend, but just close enough that I can. However, the farther I've gotten into my college journey, the farther that four hour (sometimes three and a half when I'm feeling risky) drive seems.

Especially in a busy time like midterms, when everything is beginning to get a bit overwhelming, I miss my family. Plus, the weather is beautiful right now. Really, all I want is to be outside relaxing with my ten year old brother running around (and probably yelling like the small demon he is). The weather is just warm enough to start fishing again and whew, I'd love to be on the water with my dad right now.

During these times, I remind myself of my purpose here. To get that degree and create a future for myself.

And anyways, spring break is just around the corner.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This One is for My Fellow Nursing Majors

My long-term life goal is to be a Nurse Practitioner and work in a family practitioner's office. This license requires a Master's in Science and Nursing (MSN). Currently, I am in the Bachelor's of Science and Nursing (BSN) program at South.

So how is South helping me reach that next step? Research!

Our university is known for amazing research in all disciplines. For Nursing, that research relates to making nurses as individuals and nursing as a profession better. I am currently working with the interim Dean of Research and Development in Nursing on a project studying the health behaviors of nursing students as they go through the program. These health behaviors can have a positive or negative impact on their role as a nurse later on. My specific part of the project is going to look at the physical activity of nursing students and their perceived barriers to exercise.

Now what does all of this intelligent sounding mubo-jumbo going to do for me?! Give me an edge!

When I'm looking into MSN programs, they will be jumping at the bits to have ME, a South graduate and an experienced researcher.

South has tons of professors in all majors conducting research on various things. Any undergraduate student has the opportunity to pair with a professor and become a miniature expert in their field.

Now, where will you find your edge? (South. The answer is always South.)

Lyndsie JagGuide
Go Jags!

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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How I Chose Nursing

Choosing a major is one of the biggest pressures felt coming into college. Your future is shaped by the path you choose to take. I have al...