I don't know about you, but when I think about fall break, I think about going home and visiting family. For many students at South Alabama, however, this is not a feasible option because their family is a day's worth of driving, or a plane ride away. Thankfully, South Alabama is located in the great city of Mobile! Being a bay city, Mobile is an ideal place to keep a college kid occupied for many reasons.
In only an hour drive, students that attend the University of South Alabama have access to treasures such as the casinos of Mississippi, the lottery in Florida, and the beautiful beaches spread across Alabama's Gulf Coast.
A common misconception across the United States is the belief that Mardi Gras originated in New Orleans, Louisiana. Nicholas Langlois, a Frenchmen, started what is now known as Mardi Gras in 1703 (a whole 15 years before New Orleans was even founded as a city!). While Mardi Gras isn't celebrated until after Christmas break, the rich history of the festival can be experienced throughout downtown Mobile anytime during the year through architecture, local cuisine, and monuments that are unique only to The Port City.
Not limited to only the weekend of Fall Break, fall festivities at South Alabama include Homecoming week, Greek Week, and of course, Saturday football games! Even if you are not part of an organization on campus such as Greek life or athletics, the university and the SGA do a great job of hosting events geared towards any and every body.
Obviously, there is more than enough to keep anybody busy at South Alabama. The most important thing to remember while in school is to study hard, and play hard. Keep Calm and Fall in love with Mobile.