Hello, again! It's another great day at the Woods. Luckily, we are experiencing another beautiful fall on campus!
WWU is one of my favorite places to be. During the semester, I spend a lot of my time hanging out in different places around campus. Today, I want to show you a few of my favorite spots and why they are so special to me!
The first place I want to highlight is the McNutt Student Center! There are multiple reasons I love this space. First, there is the mailroom. I don't know ANY college student that doesn't love getting mail (Hey, mom! If you're reading this, I wouldn't mind a care package full of Halloween goods!).In addition to our mailroom, we have the Owl's Nest. The Owl's Nest is where our lovely Starbuck's is located, so it never hurts to drop in and get a quick pick-me-up between classes. Outside of the Owl's Nest, there is a big lounge area where students do homework, take study breaks, and play pool! It's a great place to relax and mingle with other students on campus.
The next place I love hanging out in is in the Kemper Arts Center. I have most of my classes in Kemper and it houses most of my favorite professors, too! There's always student art displayed on the walls and the Cox Art Gallery is full of interesting pieces!
Another place I enjoy hanging out in is the Helen Stephens Sports Complex. I play basketball, so I spend a lot of time in this building playing, practicing, and watching games. Oddly enough, the upper deck in the gymnasium is one of my absolute FAVORITE places to do my homework!
My #1 favorite place throughout the whole campus would have to be in my residence hall! I spend the most time here between doing homework, hanging out with my sorority sisters, sleeping, and being a Community Advisor. There is something really special about living on campus in a residence hall, and I think I've learned the most about life from living with all these crazy, different people! There's nothing I like more than coming home and seeing my Chi Omega sisters hanging out in our parlor, or listening to music on the front lawn.
With all of these places in mind, I really hope you get a feel for what makes WWU feel like home to me! Thanks for reading!
If you've had a chance to read my 'about Lindsey' page, you can see that I'm a communications major. I'm so passionate about my major and my concentration in public relations and leadership and today I'd like to share a little with what I'm doing in my major. I hope that I can give you an idea into what we do in the communications department and why I just LOVE it so much!
First of all, the communications field at William Woods University is grounded in communication studies, and each student chooses a concentration in one or more of the following: public relations, digital film-making, journalism, broadcasting or speech. We learn all aspects of communication to submerge ourselves in the current issues and practices that professionals are dealing with. With my concentrations of public relations and leadership, I learn all about media relations, writing press releases, and so many leadership skills. It's so fun! Now that you know more about what I'm studying, let me tell you about all the fun classes I've taken towards my major.
One class I'd like to share with you about is Visionary Leadership. Every class period, we would discuss a principle of leadership. It was fun to give input and talk about when we have seen the principle in action or when we have actually applied it. All of the principles had memorable names, and my favorite was "Big Rocks First." In that class period, we learned about time management and putting our biggest priorities first. It really helped me learn to be a better and more effective leader, and I had a great time applying my new skills.
Next, I'll let you know about one of my other favorite classes of all time, Gender Communications. Just like Visionary Leadership, we had a lot of discussion about real life experiences. We talked about masculine and feminine communication styles, why they are conflicting, and how to combat the differences. I felt this was a very interesting and helpful class because I'll soon be out in the professional world communicating with all sorts of men and women with different styles than my own!
The last class I want to share about is my current favorite of Feature and Magazine writing. The main goal of the class is to learn about the magazine industry and writing/producing our own magazine in the semester! It's so exciting! I love learning about advertisements, columns, features, and the artwork that goes into a magazine. This has been one of the most challenging classes I've had so far, but my professor Aimee Sapp makes it fun and achievable (Shout out to Aimee, you're my favorite professor of all time!). My magazine is going to be all about DIY projects and upcycling! Some of my classmates are covering travel, fashion, and fitness, too.
These are only a few of the classes I've taken for my major, but I could go on all day if you let me! I really enjoy what I'm studying and I hope you'll find something that inspires you, too! My advice for incoming students would be to find what you really like to do and look for a way to apply it. I love going to class and doing my work because I love the content and the projects that we complete. WWU has so many majors to choose from, and we all get hands-on experience during our classes. That's one of the many perks of our school. You get the opportunity to try it out and have a personal learning experience, and then you can decide if it's something you want to pursue!
If you have any questions, don't be afraid to comment! I'd be happy to ramble on about communications!
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!
Hello, all! It's another great day here at the Woods!
Today, I'd like to share with you what it is like being Greek at William Woods University. I know what you're probably thinking: being Greek? What does that mean?! To resolve any confusion, being Greek is just another way of saying that you are part of a sorority or a fraternity!
If you're anything like the freshman version of me, you probably don't know a lot about Greek life other than what you might have seen on television. Let me tell you, it's durastically different! Going Greek and joining sorority holds more value than just living in a 24/7 slumber party! Here's a list of benefits that Greek life has to offer:
- High sense of sisterhood or brotherhood, resulting in camraderie and overwhelming amounts of support.
- Opportunities to do community service.
- Continuous academic support.
- Network of professional support.
- Leadership opportunities
- Residency with people who you have similiar interests with, as well as meeting a variety of diverse men and women.
- Part in a long standing tradition for something bigger than yourself
As for Greek life at William Woods University we have four sororities, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, and Delta Gamma. We also have two fraternities, Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Gamma Delta. I interviewed a few men and women from each house, and I'd like to share what they said about Greek Life!
“The most important aspect of being Greek for me is the person you are after you’ve experienced Greek life. You’re not the same person as before, but it’s for the better. I’ve grown so much within my sorority through my values and beliefs, my self-esteem and my strength to go for what I believe in!”
Senior Alicia Delaney, Alpha Chi Omega.
“In my sorority, I find a true sense of belonging. The girls in my house allow me to be myself 100% all of the time. I never have to worry about holding back or trying to fit in. It is the most welcoming place that I’ve ever veen into and I get that feeling every day when I walk in. It’s truly a home away from home. You feel like you’ve known these girls all of your life just after a month of living with them. It’s been the best experience of my life.”
Junior Samantha Harris, Alpha Phi.
"Being Greek has given me the opportunity to get more involved on campus, be an active volunteer for various charities and the opportunity to meet so many people on our campus that I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. Without my sorority, I truly wouldn't be the person I am today!"
Junior Hayley Bowler, Chi Omega.
“Honestly, what made me decide to go Greek was the groups of strong independent women I saw while on campus. I wanted to grow to become like those values driven women and better myself as an individual.”
Sophomore Grace Routh, Delta Gamma.
"Greek life can provide you with some many things. For me, being in my fraternity broadened my horizons and continues to lead me to new experiences. I've gained a whole new network of brothers through being in a fraternity."
Senior Taylor Oestreich, Phi Gamma Delta.
"Living with a house full of your best friends and having anyone's help at any given time is huge for me, and being Greek supplied me with that. You also gain connections after college, leadership opportunities, and get to participate in community service."
Senior Nate Bitner, Pi Kappa Alpha.
There are so many aspects of Greek life that you have to see to believe! If you are interested in going Greek, check out the Fraternity and Sorority page: http://www.williamwoods.edu/student_life/fraternity_sorority_life.asp
I would encourage all incoming students to take the opportunity to go through the recruitment process and see what living in a sorority or fraternity is all about. Living Greek is not for everyone, but you'll never know if you don't investigate! If you have any questions, comment below and I'll do my best in assisting you to find the answer!
Follow me throughout the year and I'll provide updates with the Greek community on campus, and a little insight to what it's like to be in a sorority.
I can't believe it is already October! Time flies when you get involved!
Today, I'd like to share some insight on my most recent involvement on campus through the Student Alumni Council, or SAC. I've been in SAC since I was a sophomore and it's been a blast! Throughout the year, we host educational and entertaining events for the students to build unity and university spirit. We also collaborate with alumni to help current students transitioning after college. SAC hosts a variety of events from Senior Week: a week of events dedicated to help students who are graduating, to Courtwarming: a week that resembles Homecoming but is at a basketball game instead! Not only do students enjoy coming to our events, we really enjoy putting them on!
Most recently, the junior class has been organizing our second annual Woods Factor! It is a talent show open to any students with any talents with 1st-4th place payouts. In this year's show we only had 4 acts, but the attendance was around 250! Dulaney Auditorium was packed and students were filing into the seats to see the show.
The first act was junior Cassandra O'Connell singing "I Dreamed a Dream," from Les Miserables. She sang a beautiful saprano version, and the crowd errupted with applause after she finished.
The second act was returnig Woods Factor winner, senior Georgia Hellum-Willits, better known as Georgia Ruth. Georgia sang her original song, "Up in Flames," while playing her guitar. She has such a unique sound, and I still get chills thinking about it!
The third act was a dancing duo by two of my best friends at WWU, senior Amy Gibson and sophomore Kaylee Ferrier. They performed a hip-hop number to "Love On Top," by Beyonce. It is one thing to watch your friends dance around in your residence hall and be goofy, but it's another to watch them on stage. When they performed, I was so proud of them!
The final act was senior Darus Brondel, who sang a song by the Backstreet Boys titled, "I Want It That Way." When the song started to play, the audience went crazy! It's always fun to hear a throwback jam! While he was singign, I looked around the auditorium and all the students were clapping and singing along.
The winner of the Woods Factor is chosen by those in attnedence. After the final performance, the students in the audience texted in their votes. In first place was Georgia Ruth for the second year in a row! She was followed by Darus, then Amy and Kaylee, and then Cassandra. Everyone who participated won giftcards.
Thinking back on the talent show, I'm so overwhelmed with pride for my classmates. Although we come from different backgrounds, we have different reasons for being here, and we all have different plans for the future, we come together at times like this and have such a blast (I have the biggest smile while I sit here and write this!). It was great to see the support that the audience had for all the contestants and I am really happy that I was a part of it.
Whatever you do and wherever you are in your life, I encourage you to get involved. There isn't much that compares to being part of something bigger than yourself! If you are considering William Woods University, and you want to see what our university has to offer, a link to Student Organizations is at the bottom of this post.
Who knows, you might just find the perfect place for yourself at the Woods! I know I did!
Student Organizations page: http://williamwoods.edu/student_life/student_organizations.asp