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!
Hello, friends! It's been a snowy week here at the Woods. I hope you enjoyed your snow days (if any) as much as the students on campus did! I've seen snowball fights, snow angels, and snow drifts and we can't wait to see the sun again!
Today, I would like to share with you more of what it's like to be an athlete at William Woods University. As you know, I'm on the women's basketball team here at the Woods. I'm here to give you the inside scoop of what it is like to play on Coach Chapla's team and specifically what game day is like!
Game Days are probably the most exciting days as an athlete. We scout teams and practice the game plan all week until we finally get the chance to show 'em what we're made of! On our team, we begin the day with a shoot-around practice. At shoot-around, we do a couple warm up shooting drills to get our muscles awake and moving, shoot free throws, and go over what we might see the opposing team might do that day. When we reach the end of our short shoot-around, we play the best game ever -- TEN, FIVE, ONE! In ten, five, one, we split into two teams and each team has to make 10 free throws, 5 three point shots, and 1 half court shot. The half court shot wins the game, and EVERYONE wants to make it! We get so competitive, and it's always really exciting when our teammates make their first one!
After shoot-around, we all make our way across campus to Tucker dining hall and eat lunch together. This is especially fun. We usually stuff our faces and make jokes until it's time to go. In most cases, we push tables together or make one big basketball player blog with tables to make sure everyone is included. After eating, we have a little free time before it's time to get ready at the gym.
About an hour before the game, we pull on our jerseys and shoes and get pumped for the game. My teammates and I usually joke around and get each other excited for the 40 minute game that lies ahead. We have a warm up routine that we do every single game that involves a lot of shooting, laughing, and talking. People that watch us warm up probably think we are crazy because we are singing, dancing and shouting to each other for a good hour before the game starts. Personally, I have such a great time in warm ups when we can laugh and play around, and we focus on having fun!
Thirty minutes before the game starts, Coach Chapla gives us our pregame talk, usually reminding us of the game plan and what we need to focus on to win the game. At seven minutes to go, we come back in the locker room for the starting line up and their match ups. That's the most exciting part! We all get psyched about playing our opponent and having all our hard work pay off! Then we take the court for the game! After the National Anthem, the starters are announced and then it's tip-off! Whatever happens after that is up to us!
After games, Coach gives us a talk about what we did well and what we can do better. Then we gather up our gear and EAT MORE FOOD! I know it sounds ridiculous, but we always look forward to the post game meal! I also visit with my parents if they come to a game, or my friends afterwards as well. We typically get a huge crowd of our classmates and friends because it's always great to catch a game and snag a LEAD point!
Game Days are great. Being an athlete is a challenge and a commitment for sure, but with the relationships I've formed and the lessons I've learned make it all worth it. I've said it a million times in these posts, but there is nowhere else I'd rather be. Shoutout to my teammates for being the best family away from home, and shoutout to any future owls out there! Let me just encourage you to chase your dreams and play the sport you love at the Woods. There's so much to gain when you put in the time. Thanks for reading!
Hey, friends! We're down to the very last day of classes before finals. Looking back, I'm curious where all my time has gone! It's been a great first semester for my junior year, and I'm so excited for what's coming next. With all the visiting students, it's been difficult to sit down and share with you all on my blog. I am so happy to show students the place I love most, so cramming all the activities of the last few weeks into one post isn't bad at all.
Last month in my sorority, we had our philanthropy week. Philanthropy weeks consist of activities and competitions to raise money and awareness about our cause. In Chi Omega's case, we support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we call our week, "Wish Week!" It was so much fun! We started the week on November 11th, at 11:11. What better time for a week about wishes? The surrounding sororities and fraternities came to our events to celebrate Make-A-Wish, and when you get the Greek community together it is always a good time. The participants played in a dodgeball tournament, hung up banners for Chi Omega and Make-A-Wish, and sang songs to us about our house and our cause. We even had a day for penny wars where pennies are worth positive points, and silver coins and bills are worth negative points. It's a game of strategy for the competiting houses, but the friendly competition helped us raise over $1,000!
The whole week, we were inspired by a wonderful little guy named Sam, or as we all know him, Superman Sam! Sam is 5 years old and is currently battling a rare cancer. He was recently given the opportunity to have his wish granted, and we were so inspired by his story! We couldn't wait to meet him and thankfully, we got the opportunity at our last event, the Wish Walk! The Wish Walk is a 5K that we host here in Fulton. After hearing about Superman Sam and about our cause, the community and campus stepped up to participate. It was awesome to see everyone in their Wish Walk shirts smiling and having fun in support of Sam! At the close of the week, we raised a total of $5,000 for Make-A-Wish! It felt so great to know that we could benefit a child just like Superman Sam!
After a great Wish Week, we got closer to Thanksgiving break. It's always nice to go home to your family and visit friends! I really enjoyed all the family time and especially the food (Hey mom, if you're reading this -- you're the bomb!). I always miss WWU when I am home, so thankfully I had basketball practice on Friday night and was able to come back to campus with my teammates!
Now, we are up to the last week of class. Again, where has my time gone?? It has been such a fast, thrilling, sometimes crazy but completely wonderful fall here at the Woods. If you haven't had the opportunity to join us this semester, I hope to see you soon! With Christmas break approaching, this will be my last post until next semester! Happy Holidays and safe travels to all of you! To my William Woods family, I'll miss you dearly until we return. Good luck on finals to students of any age, and thanks again for reading!
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