Sunday, September 30, 2018

Preparation is Key!

As a high school senior, there are many steps and actions that should be taken to prepare for college. Areas to work on while still you're still in high school include academics, finances, and social life. Having good balance between the these will make your transition into college and adulthood a lot smoother.
Some would say the most important aspect of college is academics; getting a nice, solid education. While in high school you can prepare by forming good study habits. Working hard to increase your GPA to its maximum or getting the highest possible ACT scores are things that will translate into college necessities. Others believe that college is a place to network and be socially active with other. Both are extremely important and force you to work on time management skills, which will carry over into everyday life. Another import aspect of college is making financially sound decisions. Just by creating a weekly budget and schedule, you are setting yourself up for success in the future.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Becoming a Jag!

Most students have a list of colleges they wish to attend before entering their senior year of high school, and like most student so did I. After narrowing down my list to two prospective schools I thought my final decision was near. A couple of weeks later a friend informed me of the University of South Alabama and expressed how much they loved it and wished to attend. Shortly after, I schedule a campus tour with my parents. The moment we entered campus on Stadium Drive from Old Shell we all instantly loved it. Immediately after returning home from the visit, I completed my online application and had my guidance counselor send my transcript. A couple of weeks later I received my acceptance letter along with scholarship offers in the mail. After sharing the news with my family, everyone proceeded to purchase me "Jag Swag". After applying and coming for the campus tour, my family knew my college decision was finalized and that's why you too should apply and come visit our campus.
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

My name is ....

Hi, my name is Jadontae Gray and I'm from Montgomery, Alabama. I'm a junior at the University of South Alabama majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I'm a HUGE sports fan, and these are some things you should know!

South Alabama competes at the NCAA Division I level, member of the SunBelt Conference, and is composed of eight men sports and nine women sports. South Alabama has on campus venues for the men's and women's basketball,  baseball, softball, volleyball, and women's soccer! Also an on campus football stadium is in the making! For all home games students have free admission, so come out and support our Jags!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Why is college for you?

Before deciding on what college you wish to attend, you must first determine if attending college is the right decision for you. After graduating high school, the goal is to become independent. Statistics show that males from the age range 20-24 that hold a bachelor's degree or higher have a 90 percent employment rate. Females have a 83 percent employment rate when having the same education. This data from the National Center for Education Statistics prove that your chances for employment and independence are favored greatly with a higher education. College is also a great place to network and meet new people. Universities are melting pots of different cultures and ideas, allowing student to explore their different interest and beliefs. College also brings you hands on experiences with the real world and better prepares you for the future.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Why South?

Nation College Decision Day is May 1st and its a time where most students submit their acceptance to mark the decision on what university they plan to attend. In high school for national college day, all seniors were asked to wear a shirt representing the university they plan to attend. That morning, waking up and deciding to wear my red University of South Alabama shirt is a day that I'll never regret. I've always considered South to be one of my top choices, but when national college decision day came around, my heart lead me to South. I remembered the friendly students and staff, smiling faces, and beautiful campus, which all made the decision that much more clear and easy.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Choosing Engineering

Throughout high school I was sure that I would attend college, but the major and career path to follow left me with uncertainties. My interest in problem solving led to engineering. After deciding engineering would be the path to take, the next step was to determine which branch. Working numerous jobs, it became clear to me that the mechanical aspect of engineering sparked my interest most. With engineering I feel that it is most important to be safe and efficient and various jobs have those requirements, and they need to be met.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

We Are...

We are United!
The catch phase "We Are South"can be used in a multitude of ways with various meanings! When i heard the phrase, it reminds me how united we are as a whole whether it be in or outside of the classroom. We are united in the aspect that we are all joined together working for a common purpose, to reach each individual goals. We includes each member associated with the University of South Alabama because every individual plays a vital role in making South united as we are!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

5 Facts About South!!

5 Fun Facts About South

1. The USA Jaguars field 17 Division I athletic teams that compete in the Sun Belt Conference!

2.The undergrad student body is composed of 34 states and also has a group of about 880 international students from over 34 countries! 

3.South offers opportunities in more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree program!

4. The University of South Alabama was founded in 1963 and in April 1964, the University moved from 154 St. Louis Street to its present location in west Mobile.

5.The Jaguars football program was established in 2009 and played in its first bowl game, the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, in 2014 against Bowling Green!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Biggest Challenge

Being a college student, some would assume the greatest challenges students would have to face would be a specific course or something directly related to the classroom. But personally, the biggest challenge for me as a college student has been time management. Taking 18 credit hours a semester, working, and finding time to sleep makes it seems like 24 hours in a day just isn't long enough. Being caught between wanting to go have fun and doing homework, its easy to see the choice that often gets selected over the other. With tons of activities constantly occurring on campus, I have the desire to attend every one. In actuality, attending them all is not realistic and shows lack in prioritizing. But finding a healthy balance in getting wants and necessities is the true challenge. I have found that planning specific times during the week for homework and studying to be very beneficial and a partial solution to what I feel is the biggest challenge of being a college student! 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Goals

The University of South Alabama provides challenges for every student, whether its directly or indirectly related to a certain classroom. As a result of those challenges, students create goals to counteract them. As a student, more direct goals for me can include making a desired grade in a classroom. But in preparation for the ultimate goal, which is finding a job related to my desired career, I have smaller goals in place to keep me on track. Those smaller goals for me include having a solid understanding of material, regardless of the graded outcome. This goal is important to me because with a better understanding I will be more proficient in things to come. Another goal of mine is to be an active member of groups and organizations that way it will allow me to create bonds and better understanding of the things that interest me.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What I Love About South

In honor of Valentine's Day, here are some reasons why I love South! One of the reasons I love South is because of the atmosphere and feeling you get from being a student on campus. With smaller classrooms, you are allowed to have a more personal connection with your professor and classmates. I love this aspect about South because it allows better understanding of material and also allows the bond you make with classmates to grow outside of the classroom. I feel that South is the perfect size, not too big or small. Allowing you to meet new people but also grow with the people you may have known since freshman year. South also has a diverse, welcoming campus that allows you to fit in and be yourself. This aspect allows you to meet new people from different backgrounds, resulting in you learning more about others and their customs.

Preparation is Key!

As a high school senior, there are many steps and actions that should be taken to prepare for college. Areas to work on while still you'...