This past weekend was a big visit day for our campus. The Admissions team and Equestrian Science Department coordinated a two day event, the Equine Academic Showcase. Students from around the country came to learn about all aspects of William Woods with an emphasis on the Equestrian Department.
Students and their families went on tours of the University, ate lunch in our dining hall, listened to the University President Dr. Barnett speak, and went to all kinds of break out sessions about getting in to William Woods and what it is like to be a college student here.
The focus of the weekend was our Equestrian Studies Department. My favorite part of the weekend was the Parade of Disciplines. Here at The Woods we have all four seats: Western, Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, and Saddle Seat. During the showcase there is an event where a few horses and riders from each seat have time to show the highlights of their discipline. One of the girls from my house actually rode in the Hunter/Jumper section. She is getting ready for a big show this week (they leave today), so she was excited to get some practice in front of a crowd!
After the Parade of Disciplines each barn set up a little session. Everyone toured around and learned about the different instructors and clubs that are associated with each seat. Students and their families fed the horses carrots and learned about how the applied riding and academic classes work over at the barn.
As a University Ambassador, I get to spend time with prospective students talking about all things William Woods. I love answering questions and talking about why I decided to come to The Woods. Over the weekend I served on a Question and Answer Panel and I also was able to host a student. She stayed overnight with me and we watched movies in the basement after all of the events at the Equestrian Complex were over.
Equine Academic Showcase is the event I attended when I was looking at William Woods. It is so important to visit the school because that is how you truly know you belong. I learned all about the Equestrian Program and the Biology Pre-Vet Program when I visited, and I stayed the night to get a glimpse of what it is like to live on campus.
This weekend is another visit weekend called Discovery Day. There are plenty of other opportunities to come for an individual tour or a visit day throughout the year and I strongly recommend visiting! It is always a good idea to come with questions, and don't be afraid to ask them if they don't get answered somewhere along the way. Maybe I'll even be the one to give you a tour!
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