Greetings, friends! I'm glad to finally reach you again. It has been a whirlwind of a semester, and it is hard to believe we are closing in on final exams. Phew!
Last post, I brought up the women's basketball team and our trip to the NAIA National Tournament. What an event! Today, I'd like to share about our trip and what an honor it was to be selected to go!
After a tough loss in the semi-finals of the conference tournament, our team had a long week of waiting to see if we would receive a bid to play in the National Tournament. We continued to practice with our fingers crossed hoping we would see the court for another game this season. During a practice on Friday, March 14, we waited diligently while the raters across the country submitted their votes. Finally, we got the thumbs up -- we were in!
For the next two days, we practiced and prepared for the trip. On Monday we waved goodbye to our lovely home at the Woods and left for Frankfort, KY. After a couple movies and lots of joking on the charter bus, we arrived in Frankfort at our hotel.
Tuesday was full of energy and excitement. We had practice in the morning, with the Banquet of Champions that night. The banquet is one of my favorite events during the tournament week. Not only is the food absolutely amazing, but we get to see women from all over the nation. I love seeing how different all of the teams are, from their team chemistry to their fashion. Three of us were chosen as NAIA Scholar Athletes for having a 3.5 or higher: Katie Scherder, Blake French and yours truly. We always pride ourselves on having great grades as a team, and collectively we ended above a 3.0!
On Wednesday, we put on a basketball clinic at a local elementary school. The students ranged from third to sixth grade, and we taught them basic skills like lay ups, passing, shooting, and dribbling. The team and coaching staff has so much fun hanging out with energetic and enthusiastic kids like we did that day. Community service as a team is always a blast!
Thursday was the big day -- GAME DAY! We were up against Westminster College which was a tough opponent and sitting at number 1 in our bracket. We boarded the bus and kept high spirits when we arrived at the gym. We warmed up and before we knew it, it was time for tip off! To me, the game is a blur. We were cheering so loud and having so much fun competing with one of the best teams in the nation! Unfortunately, we ended our season that day with a loss and a final score of 66-50, Westminster.
It was disappointing to lose, but some of my teammates performed so well on the court that it almost didn't matter. I'm so proud of the team I play for and the teammates that represent us! The coaching staff is also a very important component to our success. Head Coach Dan Chapla and our assistant coaches Megan Aubuchon, Denise Rosario, and Chris Newland always prepare us and push us to our full potential. There's nothing better than being led by great leaders like our coaches!
The next day, we journeyed home and back to reality. Although basketball season is over, we still continue to get better. Congratulations to my team for finishing the season 22-11. It has been such a pleasure to play with you incredible women and learn from all of you! I cannot wait to see what my senior season has in store for us!
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Hey friends! It’s another wonderful week here in the Woods.
Last week was one of my favorite weeks of the year – Greek Week! What is Greek Week, you ask? Good question! To me, Greek Week is a week devoted to the celebration of sorority and fraternity life by promoting unity and service in our community. This year was FULL of service opportunities and fun activities for the Greeks at WWU!
Throughout the week, we focused on serving the community as a collective group. This year, we chose the Buddy Pack Program for the Fulton area. The Buddy Pack Program provides backpacks full of kid-friendly, nutritious food that students can take home over the weekend or holiday periods to supplement their meals when there may not be enough for them to eat at home. In my Greek house, Chi Omega, we chose Stephanie Behlmann to represent and lead our chapter in raising money! She wore the cutest backpack labeled "Ask Me about my Backpack!" around campus for a week and sought out donations from the businesses and organizations in Fulton.
On Friday, Stephanie organized a bake sale outside of Fulton Walmart. Not only did we raise some money, but my Chi Omega sisters had a great time hanging out in the sun representing our sorority! In one week, Stephanie lead our chapter to raise $729! As a Greek community, WWU's Greeks raised around $2,000! It was so rewarding to be a part of a service project that could help the people right here in Fulton!
I was so proud of my sorority sister for putting in the effort to collect so much money. When I asked Stephanie about her feelings about the week, Stephanie said, "At first, I was only collecting money because it was what we do as Greeks. Community service is part of our purpose. As the week went on and I got closer to the program, I started so see how important it was that I did my best to raise money! I learned so much about what it really means to serve and I am glad I got to be a part of this week."
There was so much to do during the week. I love the opportunity talk about my sorority experience and celebrate how fortunate I am to be associated with these other Greek members at William Woods University! There are a lot of benefits of sorority and fraternity life, and I'm happy that we get the chance to help others in the process.
Thanks again for reading my Admissions Blog! Next week, I'll be hanging out in Frankfort, Kentucky for the NAIA Women's Basketball National Tournament! Check in next week to see what the basketball team is up to!
Hello again, friends. I hope your second semester is treating you well, whether you're a high school freshman, graduating college senior, or anything in between! It's another great day here at the Woods, and I'm excited to share more about my junior year.
Lately, I've been so busy! It seems like there is always something on the calendar between sports, clubs and campus life. Most importantly, I've really trudging away and enjoying my classes. When classes are fun and engaging like mine are this semester, schoolwork seems less like work and more like play! Because of my credits and current path of study, I'm ahead on credit hours. The closer I get to my senior year, the less communication courses are left for me to take. This semester, I chose to look into different areas of study and expand my academic horizons. My course load reads as follows:
- Psychology 200: Finding Your Personality
- Communication 220: Logic and Persuasion
- Psychology 209: Child Development
- Art 256: Fundamentals of Photography
My personality class is probably one of the most interesting classes I've ever experienced. Taught by one of WWU's well known professor, Julian Hertzog, this class pushes you to identify what your personality actually entails and what that means to you! Not only is Julian a real character to be around, the subject has kept me interested all semester! A typical class period includes a few notes, but most of our time is used taking personality inventories. The inventories show us what personality traits we have and we can make assumptions as to what that looks like in our daily life. If you're a William Woods student, make sure you enroll in this class during registration! It's fun and informative!
Logic and Persuasion is a communications class that will fulfill one of my communications credits! The class is designed to help us use critical thinking skills to assess arguments and form valid arguments for ourselves. This is a class that I didn't know what to expect, but it definitely has shown me a lot about using logic. Katie Speer is our instructor, and she always keeps us involved in her lecture! Class discussions are how I learn best, so you better believe I have an A in this class!
If you ever have questions about kids, Dr. Boyer is the mastermind of child psychology. Dr. Boyer teaches my child development class, and she is always so excited to lecture us! This class gives me great information about children and why they do the crazy things they do. Remember my post about Christmas with my baby cousins? Well, now that I've learned about the development of children, I can finally try and explain why my silly cousins do what they do! Kids are so cute!
Most practical and laid back of all my classes has to be photography. Bob Elliot is my professor for this class and with all the experience he has behind a camera, I know I'm getting great instruction. Our assignments cover a wide variety of topics, and I'm learning to use Photoshop along the way! Not only do I love taking pictures, it's also really practical for my major. With all the public relations media kits I'll be doing someday, I'll be glad I took a couple hours a week to learn about good photography skills!
What I really want to emphasize with this post is the fact that my education is not limited to my specific major! The best part of my college educational experience is going outside of the communications field and diving into new subjects all over the place. There is so much we can learn, and that gets me so excited! If you're a student in high school, college, graduate school, or you just consider yourself a student of life, go out and try new things! You'll never look back and regret expanding your mind, so don't miss out on a chance to make yourself better.
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Hello, again! I'm finally winding down from a terrifically romantic Valentine's day and refreshing weekend with friends! I hope your Valentine's day was exciting and full of warm fuzzy feelings. I'm still on a bit of a sugar rush from all the chocolate and candy I took in this week, but I want to keep in the heartwarming spirit by sharing the things I just LOVE about William Woods University!
First, I'd like to highlight my extreme love for the Greek life on campus! I love my Chi Omega sisters! I feel like I have such a great bond with the women I live with, and I can't imagine my life without them. As a community, I know my fellow Greek men and women feel the same way about their sorority or fraternity! There is so much support that the Chi Omega chapter offers me, and I know I can always be myself when I'm around them. Nothing quite compares to the friends that become sisters, and the house that becomes a home!
I love our free laundry, and I bet my momma does, too!
I really loved Courtwarming week! Courtwarming is our version of homecoming, but during a basketball game. We have fun events all week and end the week by crowning a king and queen at the basketball games. Check it out; it's yours truly wearing that crown! It was such an honor to be this year's queen, and I didn't mind standing next to Nate Bitner when he won either!
I love that I can enjoy outdoor activities at the Woods. During the spring, it's always fun to go kayaking or play sand volleyball with friends. Sometimes, we even have small bonfires by the lake!
Next, I want to share my maaaad love for my basketball teammates! I've been so fortunate to be part of this team, and we have so much fun together! Just take this weekend's game against Missouri Baptist for example: we were singing and dancing in the locker room before we went out on the court, and I can't imagine pregame any other way! I also really love the support we get from the coaching staff and athletic training staff. I can always talk to my coaches for just about anything, like letters of reference or where to get my car fixed in Fulton! As for the athletic trainers, where do I even begin?! They keep my body healthy and pain-free, which I'm forever grateful for.
I love that I can rent movies from the library instead of going to the RedBox. It's just so convenient!
I love that I can stop by the Owl's Nest for a quick Starbuck's break.
Is it weird that I love that we have Mountain Dew in Tucker Dining Hall? I have a serious love for Mountain Dew...
I especially love the amount of squirrels on campus. They are so cute!
If you know didn't already know, I love my on campus jobs! It's so convenient that I can earn a paycheck doing things that I like, and not having to drive offsite. As a Community Advisor, my workplace is actually my residence hall (and more specifically, my room!). I get the opportunity to work in my sorority house and help build a community among all my friends. Also, with it being a small campus, I get to know my supervisors really well and I can always rely on them for help, guidance, and most importantly, a good laugh. This is true for all on campus jobs, too! It's great to work with your classmates!
Lastly, I want to just say that I love the experience I've found here at the Woods. I have learned so much inside and outside of the classroom that I don't know if I would've learned anywhere else. I love the relationships I've built with professors and staff members, as well as my classmates and friends. I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's nowhere else I'd rather be!
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my post. Leave a comment below about what YOU love about WWU!