How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Aimee Var, PhD Experience

For many people, the start of a new year signals new beginnings. For about half of people, new beginnings also include New Year’s resolutions, which most commonly include a change in lifestyle like resetting their behaviors on a bad habit (think: quit smoking) or picking up a new positive habit (think: exercise more). While these are admirable resolutions, research shows …

What We Wish We Would’ve Known….

Amber Kelley Experience

Coming into college is exciting, fresh, new and sometimes confusing. University of Mobile offers some unique resources for freshmen, like Freshman Seminar – a class designed to introduce you to everything; and Ram Rush – a fun, new student orientation weekend.  But there is also another resource you might not think about – upperclassmen. As a soon-to-be-graduating senior, there are …

Devoted to Service: Jessica Catlin

Kathy Dean Alumni, Experience, Giving

As an assistant district attorney for the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office, Jessica Catlin ’13 is pursuing her professional calling. Now, this University of Mobile alumna encourages current students to discover and pursue their own callings. She helps Dr. Julie Biskner, associate professor of political science, coach UM’s Mock Trial Team and prepare students for regional competition. As a speaker …

A Performer with a Gift

Rivers Brunson Experience, Giving

When Erica Burleson takes the stage, everyone in the room remembers. “I wanted my performance to be very dramatic; I wanted to make sure that I had an on-stage presence that you’d want to watch and listen, and that you wouldn’t want to end after 90 seconds,” Erica said. A gifted musician in both piano and violin, the reigning Miss …

Ready for the Next Stage

Josh Taylor Alumni, Experience, Giving

Just a few short years ago, Anna Sailors never thought she would be stepping on stage to lead worship for one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in America. Knowing God was calling her to be a worship leader, Anna, like many ministry leaders, pushed back on that call, finding excuses for why God could find someone more qualified. Today, …

A New Year’s Resolution for Political Harmony

Julie Biskner, PhD Experience, Learning

We used to get along just fine, Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and progressives. For most of the 20th century, the two sides generally spoke of each other respectfully. By contrast, our current political climate is often described as “toxic.” I believe we can do better. As a professor of government and law at University of Mobile, I have the privilege …

The Most Important “Why” in Choosing a College

Luke Criss Experience, Learning, Purpose

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a college, and one of the most important is something you may not know to look for. It’s why I chose University of Mobile. University of Mobile is not your typical college. UM has deep convictions and a strong foundation that set it apart. As a high school student considering …

What are you doing with your life?

Ali Gardner Experience, Faith, Learning

As an incoming freshman at University of Mobile, I got asked this question from time to time by those sweet elderly men and woman who were at my home church. I also got asked the same question quite often by a co-worker of my mom’s that was a close family friend. What are you doing with your life? This question …

3 Important Things That Working in College Taught Me

Amber Kelley Experience, Learning

I love just going to my college classes, watching Netflix and taking random naps during the day more than anyone – but if you want to really grow and challenge yourself during your college years: pick up a part time job…or two or three. University of Mobile has many resources to help you get connected on campus and off campus: …

A Sociologist’s Advice for Freshmen

Cassidy Cooper Experience, Learning

As a first-generation college student, I felt prepared in many ways for my classes and curriculum in college, but lost when it came to navigating the social structure and institutional aspects of college.  I majored in psychology because I liked it and, quite frankly, because I knew what it meant.  I didn’t hear the word “sociology” until my sophomore year …