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Magazine Photo Shoot

I am so excited because today we are having a photo-shoot for the Hoot magazine. We have invited a select group of people to come to Kemper Arts Center today and get their photo taken by Robin Powell, a student photographer.

Here is a stock photo I found that gives me photography inspiration.

This stock photo gives me photography inspiration.

This photo-shoot is for the cover and centerfold story. The story all about preventing sexual assault on college campuses, which is something I am passionate about. I wrote a four-page article about what William Woods is doing to help prevent this, including the O.W.L.S. and Not Anymore programs. You should read the article when it comes out in February to find out more.

During the photo shoot, people will hold up poster boards we have created that have statistics, campaign names and pledges that all have to do with preventing sexual assault.

We will then use the poster boards and photos to promote the article around campus and to get the word out that anyone can be the change. All it takes is one action to prevent someone from being a victim.

I will post a sneak peak of one of the photos soon. Maybe I have will Robin take one of me? Thoughts? I am now thinking that the managing editor and I should take one together.



Back In The Saddle

It has been a very busy start the semester! We're almost two weeks in and it feels like we've been here for a month! I am so glad to be back as a University Ambassador blogger. I took a semester off in the fall because I had a very demanding course load, but this semester I just couldn't stay away (despite taking an overload at 19 credit hours).

Not only do I get to give tours and write about my life here at The Woods with University Ambassadors, I am back in a riding class doing what I enjoy. Over the summer I got into a horse related accident as a veterinary assistant, so unfortunately I had to take last semester off from riding. I did, however, get to take Horse Management Practicum I, fondly referred to as keeper here on campus.

As a keeper, you're responsible for the daily care of a number of horses. Being a keeper 1 with a large crew of other people, I had two mares in the Dressage barn. I was certainly able to get my horse fix even though I wasn't riding! I knew I would learn a lot from the hands on nature of the class, but I wasn't expecting to make such a bond with my horses. I spend time with them every single day making sure they were happy and healthy, including turning them out to run around together. I was glad to get to come back and say hi to them after our long winter break, and I still catch myself trying to head out to the barn to put a blanket on, even though I'm not in charge of that anymore!

Annie was one of my keeper horses last fall. I made sure to say hi on my first day back!

Annie was one of my keeper horses last fall. I made sure to say hi on my first day back!

Getting back to riding has been an interesting process. I find that my ankle (which was injured) is quite stiff so it is not as easy to move the way I used to. The dressage instructor, Karen Pautz, has been wonderful in helping me figure out what types of exercises I need to do in the saddle and at the gym to get back into riding shape and work with my new limitations. It has been good to get back on the horse!

Dragon is so much fun to ride! We had a great time this weekend!

Dragon is so much fun to ride! We had a great time this weekend!


I hope you're enjoying the first month of the new year!



Keep On Keeping On

Today has been a full day of activities, classes, and practice, and it's not over yet! I woke up this morning to my cell phone playing the song "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran at 7 am, letting me know that it was time for the day to begin! I rolled out of bed fully aware of the days obligations consisting of class at 8 am, 9 am, noon, and 1 pm, my University Ambassador responsibilities at 2 pm, and then practice from 3 pm to 6 pm. It is on days like this that we find ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of commitments we must follow through with. Dealing with stress is an important part of learning to function in the adult world. Here are some tips and tricks that I find useful on those days when I feel overwhelmed.

1. Take things one step at a time! - when you have a lot to accomplish, you must focus on one task at a time and do your best at that very moment. It is easy to let your focus slip onto panicking about how much you have to do. Instead, focus on what you are currently getting done.

2. Focus on the here and now. - if you have many responsibilities to take care of, they can distract you from the here and now. Stay focused and use those thoughts and energy for later projects to keep your motivation up and your motor running.

3. Feel fortunate to have so many opportunities! - it's easy to get down and have a negative attitude about everything that you have to do. You have the opportunity to become better in many different aspects of life! Be the positive light shining down on the situation. Attitude is everything. Keep a smile on your face. It will stimulate creativity and affect those around you in a positive way.

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4. Plan some down time. - we are only able to stay focused and on task for so long. It is okay, even healthy, to schedule 20 minutes of down time to grab some coffee from the Owl's Nest and relax for a few minutes! Allowing yourself to decompress for a bit can help spur you on to a victorious day!



Photographer Status

I had a very fun opportunity this past three day weekend. My work study is with the University Public Relations and Marketing department. I work for Mary Ann Beahon, the director of university relations. Most of the time I just write news releases that I am assigned, but this week I had a different assignment. I was able to be a photographer at a Callaway County alumni brunch on Saturday.

This is what I got to eat for brunch! The picture is a bit blurry, because I snapped it with my phone camera quickly.

This is what I got to eat for brunch! The picture is a bit blurry, because I snapped it with my phone camera quickly.

The alumni brunch was filled with great food and people! There was everything from French toast to quiche to candied bacon. It was a delicious way to start off a Saturday.

I was able to take the group picture that Becky Stinson, director of alumni activities, requested. And I took many other pictures to hopefully submit to the Columbia Tribune. I also let one of the young girls in attendance help me take some photos. It was really cute to watch her take snap shots of her parents and other people as well.

I love having an on campus job where I can get experience in my passions. It is really has helped me figure out what I want to do in my career and my life.

I look forward to many more opportunities to come, and if you live in the Columbia area - keep an eye out for my photos!