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15 Things To Do while Taking a Break from Studying

Here my roommate Catie demonstrates napping while studying.

Here my roommate Catie demonstrates napping while studying.

A successful student studies a lot (or should study a lot). But, when it's time to take a break from studying, here are my suggestions for how to spend the time.

  1. Visit the Owl’s Nest (or your pantry/local coffee store) and grab a snack or, even better, a Starbucks coffee.
  2. Take a nap (a quick twenty minutes might rejuvenate you and make your studying more effective).
  3. Cartwheel. Get some blood flowing to your brain.
  4. Yoga/deep breathing. If you’re super-stressed, take a deep breath. And then keep studying (this is especially effective for finals week).
  5. Clean. Be productive on your break and tidy up your [dorm] room, and give your mind a break.
  6. Do some laundry. Start a load and then when you break again, you can switch loads. Then when you’re done studying, you can fold.
  7. Go for a walk/visit the horses. William Woods has a beautiful campus with lots of horses to visit.
  8. Go to a LEAD event. If you coordinate right, you can go to a LEAD event and take a break from studying--and still be productive!
  9. Shower. A hot shower can be re-energizing.
  10. Call/talk to your parents. They probably miss you.
  11. Talk to your roommate/siblings. Discuss what you’re studying, and it will help solidify the concepts in your brain.
  12. Schedule the rest of your day. Keep on track by working out what you want to accomplish for the rest of your morning, afternoon, or evening.
  13. Write a thank you note. People love hand-written cards, so think of the last person that did something generous and write a little note. It will surely make his or her day.
  14. Make your bed. It’s probably not made…
  15. Read the William Woods blog!
The lovely William Woods campus in autumn.

Go for a walk and experience the lovely William Woods campus.

I hope that these suggestions liven up your next study break. Thanks for reading!



Build your own and make a difference…

Hey! Lisa posting here, again.

woman blowing bubbles

A carefully reconstructed representation of me creating my personal bubble

I spent most of Friday the 13th inside my personally-constructed bubble.  

I was doing the things that I needed to get done. Most of the time I was listening to albums (yes, played in the LP format!) on my headphones. Listening to Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath & Paranoid, Cream's Disraeli Gears, and The Stone's Let It Bleed--my playlist from Friday--just never gets old.

In some ways, it seems to re-center me.  I compare the me that existed when these songs were new, to the me who exists now, and realize I still have the same core ideals.  I still want to make a difference in the world.  I still want to speak for those who can't. I still stand up to bullies. I still believe in equality.  I still want to save the wolves, the whales, the earth. I still reduce, reuse and recycle.  I think globally, act locally.

person silhouette milky way

Simulation of what the Lisa Bubble Universe looks like to an onlooker

I am still an idealist, but one who has been tempered by ennui, pragmatic and harsh realities and real world mundanities.

Later that night I left the Lisa Bubble Universe. I ventured onto the interwebs, and discovered that on the evening of 13 November, all hell broke loose in Paris.  I began reading about the horrific acts of terrorism. The simultaneous attacks in six different locations around Paris was called an "act of war" by the French President. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the carnage.  The eight suicide attackers, all had explosive belts, were sent in to the pre-selected targets in retaliation for France's air strike campaign against the IS in Iraq and Syria. Estimates given on 14 November, place the number of dead at 128, with over 300 injured, and 80 of those in critical condition.

Harsh reality, indeed.

It is the idealist, optimistic me that came back to school. I still want to go forth and do good, thinking globally and acting locally.    However, we all live in the real world, and the pragmatic, realist me dictated my choice of classes. Because I was pursing a second degree, my general education requirements had been met already.

I would be able to customize the emphasis in my degree, because I had electives I could take and still would fulfill the degree requirements for my BFA. The idealist wanted to take the studio art courses. The pragmatist took courses like Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Public Relations, and Web Design, so I would be able to combine the knowledge and skills gained from those courses with those from my past work history.

Another great opportunity afforded to William Woods students is the "Internship."  This semester I have had the opportunity to work as intern with the social media strategist for William Woods. I am gaining invaluable experience and course credits. In addition to "job shadowing," I also am learning, by example and from research, methods and metrics for engagement in social media channels. While I may have worked as a web server administrator in the past, none of my past job duties included these kind of activities.

SunnyPoliceStation-Banner1I also have a social media project. The Show Me Innovation Center is a non-profit entrepreneurship and innovation center that fosters the development of home-grown businesses and encourages the spirit of entrepreneurship in Callaway and surrounding counties.  It makes startup capital, business services, mentorship, and training resources available to community entrepreneurs.  My challenge is to enhance the website, develop and update content, increase its visibility, and to increase engagement and readership via social media channels and its Internet presence.

I am already making a difference, going forth and doing good things. I have the guidance of a seasoned, generous WWU staff member, who encourages me and is my safety net.  I get to work independently, and I get the benefit of benevolent oversight.

How great is that?!




“Should I dump my High School Sweetheart before college?”

Hello all, welcome back to my blog!

To begin this post, I must warn you that I am writing as an advocate for love who has been through the freshman year of college transition with my high school sweetheart in tow. I learned a lot from my experience that I would like to pass on. Hopefully it will help you out with a decision or two that you might be making here in the near(ish) future.

First things first: This is not a decision that I can make for you at the end of this article. Every situation is a little different, and you'll have to exercise some independent thought to make the choice that is best for you.

road sign reading "change is just ahead"

Change is Just Ahead


You know that comfort zone that you have achieved with your sweetheart in just about any situation high school could offer? Prepare for all of that to change when you go to college. You will both enter situations that are foreign to you with new people, new rooms, perhaps an unknown roomie, new schedules, and new lives. This will eventually change you. You may not notice it, but the person you are dating most certainly will notice the shift in your personality. You will both grow at different rates and adapt to the culture that is surrounding you. Be prepared.

"I'm jealous of people who get to see you every day."

The truth about long distance relationships.


I have always heard that distance (or absence) makes the heart grow fonder. In some cases this may be true. I have seen it go both ways. One week you'll be Facetiming daily, feeling a close bond, then the next week homework sets in and neither of you really have the time or energy to sit down and dedicate a few minutes to one another. It's sad but true. It may come to a point where going out with your new friends on the weekends will overcome that urge you once had to drive a couple hours to spend an evening with your loved one.

Family Guy character Peter Griffin about to push a button labeled "Do not push button" because he is tempted to do so.

Peter Griffin is tempted too.


I hate to say this because it's quite a terrible creature, but there is going to be some temptation. This temptation may come in the form of the opposite or same sex, it may come from the dining hall, it may come from the activities you choose to indulge in. Whatever the situation may be, you will be tempted to steer your life in one or two different directions in some areas of your life.

Final thoughts...

College has a strange way of rearranging your priorities. If you really want to know, people sort of come and go. Life has a way of bringing people in to travel the path of life with you, but your never know how long they'll walk along side of you. One minute you might know they are the one for you, then the next you're not so sure. There are some paths that may be better traveled in singularity. Often I've seen the high school sweetheart as more of a safety blanket for the incoming college student. Having confidence and being comfortable must come from within yourself.

Love, peace, and chicken grease.



10 Things to do on the Weekend in Fun-ville Fulton

I’m not sure if you are like me but, every Monday I automatically think what my plans are for the upcoming weekend will be. Being in a small college town, your options might seem limited but in Fulton they are not!

  1. If you have a car or very nice friends like I do who do have a car, you can easily pop to the mall in Columbia, which is only 20 minutes away!
  2. You can go downtown for a relaxing walk, while window shopping at all the quaint little shops.
  3. You can easily top up your tan at Fulton’s two tanning shops. Lasting Image and Tanfastic. These are both relatively affordable tanning salons!
  4. If you love Mexican food, Jalisco is perfect for you and your friends. If you are 21, Jalisco       has great margarita offers on selected days of the week.
  5. History fans can enjoy the National Churchill Museum. This 4-million-dollar museum inside a priceless piece of architecture will give you a look back at living history.
  6. Lulu’s frozen yoghurt! This is one of my favorite places to hang out downtown! Indulge in some good frozen yoghurt on a Sunday afternoon with your friends.
  7. Play some golf at Tanglewood golf club that is only a 5-minute drive from campus. It is a FUN public golf course; just make sure you don’t lose too many golf ball

    The Women's Golf Team at Beks!

    The Women's Golf Team at Beks!

  8. If you are keen on nightlife, the Post Office Bar and Grill ("The PO") and Underground are fun places to hang out on a Saturday night.
  9. Beks! It is the perfect restaurant to take your family when they come and visit. It is located in the "Brick District" downtown and is famous for its spinach and artichoke dip!
  10. The Art House gallery is right up the street from Beks. It displays work from 100 different regional artists. The Art House also hosts classes teaching painting, pottery making, drawing, rug weaving, and other fine arts.

I hope this helps guide you to fun weekends in Fulton!

Thanks for reading!