Remember that busy week I was telling you about? With CourtWarming and Lyrefest... plus classes, SWAT and University Ambassador duties I put my health on the back-burner and didn't dress for the weather. Unfortunately it caught up with me.
Come Sunday I was not feeling the best, so first thing Monday morning I called the William Woods nurse to make an appointment. I was able to get right in the nurse's office and get checked out. I then found out some bummer news, I have influenza!
The nurse was more than helpful with getting me on track to healthy again. She provided me with proper medicine dosages, a face mask to prevent spreading germs, nurse's note to excuse me from class and thermometer to check my temperature.
After my trip to the nurse I went back to my room to start up a medicine regimen and get some sleep. I am not usually one to sleep during the day so that was a sure sign that my body was in need.
I am so lucky to be on a campus where medical care was readily available and helpful to me. I also love how supportive my professors were, all of them telling me to rest up and get better. They were very understanding and helpful with the assignments that I missed this week as well.
Getting meals from Tucker Dining Hall while sick was something I was worried about, but my worries were quickly put to ease. I emailed Jim Utterback from Fresh Ideas and found out that I was able to send a green to-go box and my student ID card to Tucker with a friend and get my meals that way. This was such a relief and I greatly appreciate my friends bringing me meals, and Tucker allowing them to do so.
My friends have also been great at bringing me PowerAde and sending Snap Chats and texts checking in on me.
I never enjoy being sick, especially away from home, but having amazing friends, faculty and staff here at WWU has really made my road to recovery so much easier!
I'm sure that I will be feeling 100% next time you hear from me!
Every semester there are several equestrian clinics on campus, as well as opportunities to show on and off campus. Each seat hosts its own events. This semester dressage hosted Betsy Steiner. I did not ride in the clinic, but I did get to go and watch! Betsy Steiner is a very well known trainer and rider in the dressage world, and she has had a relationship with Karen Pautz and William Woods for quite some time now. There have actually been William Woods students who went on to work at Steiner Dressage!
Watching the clinic was a great opportunity to learn. I saw two full 45 minute sessions in which the main focus was on control at the canter. The riders worked on collection, counter canter, and flying lead changes.I learned a lot of things that I'm hoping to apply to my own riding.
Clinicians offer a unique opportunity to learn. Whenever a clinician comes to William Woods, regardless of the seat, I like to go and watch (often we get a LEAD point for it too!). Every trainer and professional has a different background, and they often have new training techniques and exercises. I like to listen and learn about different exercises and think about the biomechanics and mental challenges they present to the horse. It is fun to try and adapt exercises from a different discipline to my own riding.
This semester is full of opportunities at the barn. A few weeks ago there was a judging clinic for high school students. Last weekend we hosted Betsy Steiner and this weekend we have an on campus show for hunter/jumper, saddle seat, and western! In a few weeks there will be a dressage schooling show on campus, and then our annual recognized USDF show is in April! The other seats also have off-campus shows this semester for students to go to. I'm looking forward to all of the opportunities to support my friends and peers!
One of the best things that has happened since I started at William Woods is that I have found my passion. Now I still don't know yet exactly what I want to do with my life, but I do know that it will probably involve vet school and eventually a PhD. I get to go to my classes every single day and enjoy what I'm learning. I find myself making connections to concepts in my current classes with the information I learned nearly three years ago as a freshman! It is an amazing thing to really enjoy class and reading the textbook!
This year I've had the opportunity to work with Dr. Pullen on a research project involving eukaryotic cell culture. We work with several types of human cancer and I have learned how to keep these cell cultures alive in the lab so we can study them. The goal is to find out something new about these cell lines by looking at the proteins they express.
Last week we started to think that maybe our approach wasn't going to yield well quantifiable results. This means that I get to learn about another lab technique I haven't done before! I've found that I really enjoy the challenges Dr. Pullen gives me in the lab. Often times things don't work out either due to a mistake or just luck, but it turns out the feeling you get when something finally works is just that much sweeter if it didn't go the way you'd planned the first (or second or third) time. I'm learning that lab work requires a person to be resilient.
Whether you're interested in science, American Sign Language, equestrian science or business, I hope you find that the professors here at The Woods help you find your passion. Through the experiences I've had with my professors here, I've figured out that I really enjoy learning about the science you can't see (cell biology) and I want to continue to do things in the lab that broaden our understanding of how life works.
This has been a wonderful week here at The Woods that started off with a giant snow fall! It was such a pretty sight out the window to see the white blankets all around. We did not get a snow day, but after classes were over we managed to carve out some time to take cute pictures in the snow. I cannot even explain how much fun a ton of fluffy snow is when you are with your friends.
Not only did we get to enjoy the snowfall, but this week just so happened to be Courtwarming and Lyrefest! I am on Student Alumni Council (SAC) and the junior class gets to put on Courtwarming. We picked a Hunger Games theme and planned many events and spirit days. We also have king and queen candidates and there is voting in Tucker Dining Hall all week. I am in charge of the pep rally that is Friday and I could not be more excited. Check out fellow blogger Dakota Smith's blog for more information, we are on SAC together.
Lyrefest is the philanthropy week for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Other fraternities and sororities help us raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault. We also use this week to raise money for the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence organization that is right here in Fulton. The events we have had so far are a volleyball tournament and serenades. When I was touring WWU, my guide mentioned serenades and I was very confused by this. Serenades are songs that are rewritten to have words or phrases that are specific to the sorority or fraternity chapter that is having their philanthropy week. So basically we had other fraternity and sorority chapters come over to our hall and sing songs about us to us in our basement, doesn't that sound awesome?
I have been creating so many memories this week and I really do not want it to end.