Christmas break has officially begun for the students at WWU!
The home stretch of the fall semester can be pretty challenging for some students… After Thanksgiving break (during which most students go home), there are only two weeks left: finals week and the week before. Since Thanksgiving break comes so late in the fall semester, it can be difficult to find the motivation to go back to school to finish up! But once again, we have all made it through and are enjoying our first week off!
At WWU, we’re lucky enough to get an entire month off during Christmas break! It seems like a long time at first, but that month definitely goes by pretty quickly once all the holiday celebrations get going. I am always amazed by how quickly the time flies!
My fiancé and I just started taking ballroom dance lessons (which is SO much fun, by the way!) so I’m going to spend a lot of my free time over break practicing that! I’m also going to spend as much time with all our families as possible – as well as with some old friends that I haven’t seen in a while, such as my old roommate who graduated two years ago!
I probably won’t post another blog until the first week of the spring semester, which will begin on January 13th. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful break and a fabulous holiday season! I will talk to you soon!
This weekend, the William Woods University Theatre Department is going to explore this crazy scenario with their second mainstage show of the season, a play aptly titled The Dead Guy. The cast auditioned in the middle of October and they have been rehearsing five days a week since then to prepare for their performances!
The show opens tomorrow (Thursday the 5th) and runs through Sunday the 8th. Show times are 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday. Ticket prices are as follows:
Seniors (age 62+): $10
Children (ages 6-12): $6
For the WWU students enrolled in the LEAD program, the play counts as a 2-pt LEAD event! Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by going to www.showtix4u.com or calling the box office at 573.592.4267, or you can wait and buy your tickets at the door.
I can’t wait to see this show! The plot sounds very intriguing and I’m sure everyone will do a wonderful job. I’ve definitely missed getting to be a part of the shows this semester, but I’m so excited to see my fellow theatre students perform!
Most of us imagine what our careers will look like after we graduate—some in more detail than others. Some students have every last detail of their future jobs planned out. Others have a vague idea of what they want to do with their lives, but they never really took the time to legitimately determine what exactly they wanted to do and/or how to go about it.
I fall into that last category. Luckily for me, William Woods University has been there to help me determine what my career aptitudes are and how to go about preparing to search for a job. This last week, WWU hosted a series of LEAD events called “Career-A-Palooza” designed to help students learn the tricks of the job market trade.
Amy Dittmer is the director of career services and student transition at WWU. Basically, that means that her job is to help students like you and I find jobs! She hosted each of the events this week, focusing on current relevant topics such as how to build a resume and write a cover letter, how to specifically tailor your resume and cover letter to the job you are applying for, and how to use LinkedIn to your networking advantage.
Almost every college and university has someone like Amy who is supposed to help the soon-to-be graduates find work, but William Woods University is the only school to provide events on this important topic that students can receive financial scholarships from attending. That’s the incredible thing about WWU; everyone here really goes above and beyond to help us, the students, succeed. It is truly amazing to get to be part of such an incredible support system!
As you begin your college career, everyone tells you to “enjoy it, because it goes by really fast!” If you’re like me, you won’t believe them in the slightest. After all, college is going to last FOUR YEARS! That’s a long time, right?
Wrong! It really does go by fast. Sure, any given week may drag so much that it feels like Friday will never get here, but somehow, midterms and then finals will roll around before you even realize it. It took until my junior year to realize that it would not be very long at all until my graduation. Now that I have officially registered for my last college classes EVER, I am slowly beginning to integrate the fact that my college career is coming to a close.
I am very excited for my last semester, though! I registered for only four classes: Visionary Leadership, Communication Seminar, Theatre Senior Project, and Law, Ethics, & Morality. I’m really looking forward to all these classes. The theatre senior project will be especially fun! I get to work with another senior to put together a performance that will showcase the abilities we have mastered during our time at WWU. I’m working with a guy named Stephen to put together a unique production of Alice in Wonderland designed especially for kids. This production will consist of only the two of us! I will play Alice, and Stephen will play everyone else! It should be a lot of fun!
My communication seminar class should be very cool as well. I will get to work with all the other graduating communication majors. Together, we will pick a current controversial/high stakes social issue and put together a documentary, host speakers on campus, raise money, and generally create awareness of/prevent the issue. Two years ago, the class chose to tackle bullying in schools, and last year they chose to support the fight against sex trafficking. I will be curious to see what we decide to do this year!
While I have absolutely enjoyed my internships and have learned so much from them, I am really excited to move back to campus in January so I can take classes and be around all my friends again for one more semester! Is it January yet?!