Today, I thought I'd write about some of the many things I am thankful for being a student here at the University of South Alabama.
#1. I am thankful for my major.
At many schools, a degree in meteorology or atmospheric sciences does not exist. I am thankful that South not only has a meteorology program but we have a great meteorology program. I am thankful I've gotten to take, not only required courses such as Physical Meteorology and Dynamic Meteorology, but also elective courses in Meteorological Phenomenology and TV Weather. These courses are truly preparing me for my career and I am thankful for that.
#2. I am thankful for caring professors.
Today, I had a sit down with my Intermediate Spanish professor. We had a slight row earlier in the week, but it is now water under the bridge. We talked, and I realized this professor, despite her being angry with me on Monday, actually cares about my values, interests, and life, despite her being only a teacher for a general education course. I am thankful that I have a professor who cares about my well-being and that wanted to get to know me. It isn't just this professor though. Virtually every professor I've had at South, has cared about me and genuinely wanted to know about me. This has helped made my college experience monumentally better.
#3. I am thankful for coffee and caffeinated beverages
Without coffee, mountain dew, or pepsi, many homework assignments would have gone undone, and tests unstudied for. I am thankful for the existence of these. 'Nough said.
For some odd reason, waking up for my 9:00am classes has been difficult as of late. I am thankful that I have a car and that South allows all students commuter and resident, in state and out of state, to have a car. It has made my life significantly better.
#5. I am thankful for my elective classes.
If you come in with extra credits or you plan smart, you will have (at least most majors will have) opportunities to take electives outside your major that help with your career plans or interests. I am thankful I've gotten to diversify my education beyond my gen eds by taking courses like: Linear Algebra, Radio and TV Performance, Karate I, Mardi Gras, and next semester, Landscape Processes. I see all of these as opportunities to enhance my resume and prepare me for my career and the world I live in.
#6. I am thankful for true friendship.
For those of you that I have followed my blog since we started, you may have noticed my life today is very different since them. I have joined a fraternity, investing time and effort in to different things, and through my fraternity specifically, made some new, incredible friends. It goes without saying, that had I not come to South Alabama, I never would have meet these guys. I am thankful to know that if I'm hurt, sick, or in danger, I can call them and know they'd be on the way to help. I am thankful to know them and I am thankful to call them my best friends.
So those are six things (or concepts) that I'm thankful for this holiday season. I hope you found this an interesting read and hope you and your family have a joyful and happy Thanksgiving.
On another note, the week following Thanksgiving, will be my last week working as a JagGuide. It has been an honor and pleasure to help many students along their journey and I hope to see y'all on campus. GO JAGS!