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!
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!