Hey again! This is the time of year when applications go out for all the campus jobs, so I thought I'd take this time to talk about some of the many student employement opportunities we have here at The Woods! I know the "poor college student" stereotype is overwhelmingly prevelant, but there ARE ways to combat it so you have ways to fund your various activities during college! While some students do have jobs off campus, there are many jobs available to students right here on campus. These campus jobs will be the focus of my blog today.
"Work Study" is probably the most common job for students on campus. Work study is needs-based and takes a variety of forms. Every year, students fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This form synthesizes all the info about your family's income and assets and determines how much "federal student aid" your family qualifies for, which in turn regulates how many hours per week you can work and how much money you can earn during every semester. These work study jobs come in many different shapes and sizes. Sometimes, students choose to work as assistants in the department of their majors (such as the ASL/Interpreting dept or the Theatre dept, for example). Other times, students choose to work in independent departments, such as the campus library or in the Fulton community daycare that is housed on campus. The position of Community Advisor (CA) is also a work study position. There is a CA on every floor of every residence hall on campus. CAs basically act as the go-to person for everyone on their floor. For example, if their residents need a lightbulb replaced, the CAs will contact maintenance for them, or if two roommates are having difficulties, the CAs will help them find a solution. CAs also host a social event for their hall every couple weeks. It can seem like a lot of work sometimes, but I know many students who have been CAs for several years and have absolutely loved it!
There are several other jobs on campus that aren't part of work study. These jobs are available to all students, including students who come from higher-income families that may not qualify for government aid. The first one of these jobs I want to talk about is University Ambassador (UA). I touched on this in my post two weeks ago. UAs are the students that host you, the prospective student, and your families when you come to visit William Woods! We give you tours, we host you for lunch in Tucker, and sometimes we host you when you stay overnight on campus! Lindsey Cornelius, Joanie Ryan, and I are also blogging this year as part of our UA job. I have been a UA for two years now, and I have loved every minute of it. I love meeting new students and talking about my favorite university. If you like meeting new people, this could be a great job for you!
Phonathon and Telecounseling are the next two jobs I want to discuss. If you don't mind talking on the phone, these jobs would be right up your ally! Phonathon involves current students calling William Woods University alumni to see if they would be interested in/are able to donate money to William Woods. We're proud to say that William Woods is one of the few universities that is entirely debt-free, and part of the way we maintain that is through the donations of people who have had first-hand experience with how great WWU is! Telecounseling, on the other hand, involves calling students who are still in high school that have expressed some interest in William Woods. Students who work this job call high school students to invite them to campus visit days, remind them of application deadlines, etc. New students are the life-blood of every university, so the importance of encouraging interest in WWU cannot be underestimated!
Finally, I want to talk about my two favorite jobs ever: Freshman Advantage Mentor and Peer Mentor! Freshman Advantage (FA) is a three-week summer program in June that is open to any and all students who have just graduated high school and are planning on attending WWU that August. During these three weeks, the freshmen have the opportunity to take a couple common studies courses to get those out of the way, familiarize themselves with campus, and meet several other freshmen as well as some upperclassmen, which is where the job opportunity comes in. Every year, WWU hires
several upperclassmen to work as mentors during this program. In addition to being available to tutor the freshmen in any given subject, the mentors are in charge of organizing and conducting a different social event every single night as well as the weekends. I absolutely LOVED working as an FA mentor last summer. I also really enjoyed working as a Peer Mentor the year before. Peer Mentors serve basically the same purpose as FA Mentors, but on a slightly smaller scale. Every incoming freshmen is required to take a class called "connections," which essentially serves as an "intro to college" course. If you attend FA, you take connections then. If you don't, you'll take connections during your very first fall semester on campus. Peer Mentors are upperclassmen who sit in on connections during the fall semester and are there to offer a student perspective on anything the teachers discuss in class. I love getting to act as a role model for others, so working as a mentor was one of the best experiences of my life!
I guess the moral of the story is simple: you don't have to be a poor college student! Obviously, there are many different opportunities to work on campus. The types of jobs available are as varied as the students that attend this university. No matter what your interests are, you will be able to find something that is right for you!
Look out! Here comes the next theatre update!Every semester, Jesters Club puts on a play that is separate from the ones directed by the university faculty (commonly called "mainstage shows"). This year, they are tackling something unlike any show Jesters has ever done before: "The Woman in Black." You may be familiar with the movie of the same title, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds, and Liz White. I think the play actually came first, originally published in 1987. The first movie came out two years later, and the newest movie was released in 2012.
"A widowed lawyer travels to a secluded village on an important assignment, and encounters a vengeful ghost with mysterious motives. After losing his beloved wife in childbirth, young barrister Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) was nearly consumed by grief. A haunted widower father, he raises his young son with the help of his devoted nanny. Arthur is on the verge of losing his job when an important client of the firm dies, and his boss offers him one last opportunity to prove his worth by settling the woman's affairs. Determined to succeed, Arthur travels to the remote village and receives a chilly welcome. Something horrible once happened here, and it seems that the locals are determined to ensure Arthur never finds out what it was. Now, the more time Arthur spends in his client's crumbling estate, the more aware he becomes of a presence that isn't quite human. In this house dwells a woman's ghost. In life she lost something precious, and now in death she'll do whatever it takes to get it back. Until she does, her spectral presence will serve as a harbinger of doom, always to be followed by the death of an innocent."
Okay. I'll be honest and admit that I am terrified of watching scary movies and, consequently, will have to keep my involvment in this particular play to a minimum. There are many people who are very excited for this show, though, and I can understand why! William Woods has never hosted a play that could be classified as any sort of "scary," so this will give the students a chance to try new techniques that will be entirely different than anything we have ever done before. The other cool thing about this production is that, because it is a Jesters production, it is entirely student-produced. That is, students will not only get to act in the show, but they will direct it, design it, and work all the various technical positions during the performance. Due to its supernatural characteristics, this show will rely more heavily on technical aspects than most shows, so it will give many of the students a chance to gain valuable experience backstage.
The director (senior Maggie Hunter) and assistant director/stage manager (junior T.J. Green) held auditions on January 27th and jumped immediately into rehearsals the very next day. They will devote a few hours each day Monday-Thursday for the next several weeks as they prepare for their performances. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend! The performance dates are March 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 pm in Dulany Auditorium here on campus. I haven't heard the official ticket price yet, but generally the tickets for Jesters shows are only $3 apiece and can be purchased at the door.
I've heard lots of positive things about auditions and the few rehearsals they have had so far, so I am definitely excited to see how this particular production shapes up! I think it's going to provide some wonderful opportunities and new experiences for everyone - the actors, the crew, and the audience alike!
We are officially over halfway through the second week of the spring semester! The students are gradually "getting back into the groove" as they adjust to their new schedules and new classes. The spring semester provides great opportunities to socialize, to renew involvement in organizations you joined last semester, or to join new organizations all together! In light of the new semester, I want to take this post to talk about a few of the things I have been involved with since I started this semester.
First, University Ambassadors! Every semester, WWU Admissions hires a few new students to work as University Ambassadors (UAs), filling the spots of the students who just graduated. UAs are the students you meet when you come to visit campus as a prospective student; we give you tours and host you and your families/friends for lunch in Tucker! It is also a paid position on campus, so I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys meeting new people and is looking for a chance to make a little extra money while on campus. I have been a UA ever since the spring semester of my sophomore year, and I have loved every second of it! Since I love William Woods almost as much as I love meeting new people, being a UA has been a perfect fit for me. I missed giving tours and hosting lunches while I was away at my internships last semester, so I'm definitely glad to be back!
Second, ODK! Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society that students qualify for by showing themselves to be leaders on campus. ODK recognizes leaders in every field, from academics to arts to athletics. Every year in February, ODK hosts a leadership conference, featuring a keynote speaker followed by various breakout sessions. This year, the conference will be held on Saturday, February 22 and the theme is "Leadership After The Woods." We have finished with the general planning and are now moving into the more specific aspects; tomorrow I'm meeting with the coordinator of the LEAD program, Debbie Schick, to talk about her presentation topic. The conference usually goes over really well, so I'm excited to see how this year's pans out!
Third, Tucker! "But wait!" you say. "Tucker isn't an organization I can join." Well, no, not technically. But no conversation about socializing or getting involved on campus is complete without taking a couple of minutes to discuss the dining hall. Some students who are used to bigger schools express surprise when they find out that we only have one main dining hall here on campus and that they are only open for specific hours during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I think I prefer it that way, though, because you can't help but run into your friends every time you go eat! Students tend to unconsciously gravitate towards the same general tables, too, so it's easy to find you group. There have been countless occasions where I have gone to Tucker expecting to grab a quick bite, only to end up spending an hour there because I got caught up in conversation with my friends. I guess my main comment is this: when you're thinking about ways to spend time with your friends on campus, don't understimate the power of Tucker!
I recognize that, at first glance, this post seems to combine several unrelated topics, but the three things I mentioned are all things that have been occupying a lot of my time as I "get into the groove" of my last semester. Obviously, there are many more opportunities for involvement than the ones I just mentioned here - the Student Activities Council hosted a free bowling night last week, the theatre department has already auditioned and begun rehearsals for their first show, and the sororities and fraternities are already planning their philanthropy weeks for this semester! I love how many different opportunities WWU provides. Whether your are looking for a chance to get involved in every possible organization or simply to hang out with your friends during lunch, William Woods could be the perfect fit for you!
Well, it's official! The spring 2014 semester has begun. All the students moved back into their rooms yesterday and classes started today! I'm definitely very excited to be back on campus after being gone all last semester for my internships, although I have to admit that it did feel a little weird to actually move in again. It feels like it's been forever since I lived on campus!
It's good to be back, though. On Mondays and Wednesdays I have a class called Visionary Leadership, and it's one of the last classes that I need to graduate! There are only seven people in it, which I think will lend itself to some great class discussions. I am also taking the communication capstone course and a legal studies class called Law, Ethics, and Morality. I imagine I will be writing a lot about my communication capstone class - from what I hear, it will be a lot of work! The legal studies class will be fun, too; I'm looking forward to evaluating some current social issues and examining both sides of the arguments. Finally, I'm taking the theatre senior project class, in which I will work with other graduating seniors to put on a show! It's going to be busy, but I think it will be a lot of fun!
Of course, my excitement to be back on campus goes much farther than just getting used to my new classes! I got my room all set up last night and I was finally reunited with Kassi, my amazing little sis in the Alpha Chi house! It is so great to see everyone again. I definitely missed being on campus last semester much more than I anticipated, so it is really great to be able to come back and enjoy spending time with everyone again for my last semester!
Well, I think that about wraps up this post... Since school is back underway, I will once again be posting every week! I hope you'll stick around as I journey through my last semester. Maybe I'll even get to meet some of you at one of the campus visit days or if you come get a tour!