While it was a bit of a bummer to leave my wonderful family at home, I am so happy to be back at the Woods surrounded my amazing friends and inspiring faculty.
I moved back in on this icy Sunday afternoon. After I unpacked everything, which seemed to have multiplied over break, I took a big breath and flopped on my bed. The rest of Sunday consisted of mingling at a hot chocolate social for the transfers and new students in Kemper Arts Center. It was so great to meet these students and be apart of the "Woods Express".
Classes started on Monday and I can honestly say I showed up with a smile to every class. On Monday I have Interpersonal Communication (with my favorite professor), and Drawing I. I spent the rest of my afternoon passing out flyers for an event on Thursday, getting a new tag for my car, checking my overly full mailbox and hitting up Sonic happy hour with my friends. Monday was also the day that I first used my membership card at the Callaway County YMCA. I just got a membership this January and am really excited to be using the facilities, especially since it is so close to campus.
Today, I had Fundamentals of Photography. My other class credits for this semester are a bit different then regular daily class. I am on the Student Website Advancement Team, and I am able to do those hours for class credit. I am also taking Web 2.0 online with William Woods' Learning House site. I have taken a good amount of classes online and have always had a positive experience with the professors and the work.
Another gem from my Tuesday was during my University Ambassador hour in Admissions. I was about to give a tour to a family when the mother of the prospective student looked up and said "Alaina?" It turns out that it was an old friend that I had met through pageants. It is crazy how small the world can be sometimes!
I know I wrote about a lot... so to sum it all up, I have been really enjoying being back here on campus. I have done many things to get back started, and I am ready to get back in the swing of things.
I hope that your week has started off as great as mine has. To help you out, I added a silly photo of me and two of my friends. I clearly didn't get the serious memo!
This past weekend was very eventful! On Friday, we had and equestrian admissions weekend. This was a very fun event and I met lots of prospective students that I really felt a connection with. Though I am not an equestrian myself, we were able to bond over many things from activities in common to sass. (Annie and Courtney, I hope you know that you were the sassiest).
Also on Friday, I was in the talent show. I did a rap by Eminem dressed as an M&M with the sorority sister Melissa by my side to sing the chorus. I promised pictures, but I didn't end up getting any good ones of my costume. I do have a video of the rap, if anyone is ever on campus and is curious what I sound like when I rap.
On Saturday I went home to take pictures for the church directory with my family and celebrate my dad's birthday. (He turns 50 on Nov. 13!) I am from Centralia, Mo. so it was about a 45 minute drive there and back. After my family stuffed me full of food, I came back to campus for my sorority's Barn Dance.
The Barn Dance was filled with line dances, plaid and fun with my sorority sisters and friends. This is the second dance of the semester that my sorority has held. I also plan to attend Phi Gamma Delta's semi-formal this December.
Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week here at the Woods. One of my favorite things this week happened to be put on by members of my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega.
My sorority’s philanthropy is domestic violence awareness, and we work very closely to the local Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) shelter here in Fulton.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The intent of this awareness month was to connect battered women's advocates across the nation and to end violence against women and their children.
To start raising awareness early, a few women in my sorority baked cookies and handed them out at a table right out front of Tucker Dining Hall.
Not only is this a great cause, but I also was able to help work my designing skills and create a handout to also go on the table. I am not much of a baker, so being able to help in any other way that I can is very important to me.
With this week coming to an end, I am already creating a plan for next week. Another way that I am going to help out is with the CARDV shelter’s 5k. I am not the best runner in the world, considering how clumsy I can be, so I plan to walk it or volunteer to help out wherever is needed.
I feel lucky that the students at William Woods have many opportunities to help out with causes bigger than ourselves.
Perhaps a little backstory would be helpful. Every sorority and fraternity on campus has an organization (or "philanthropy") that they support, and each sorority and fraternity gets one week out of the school year dedicated to raising money and awareness for their cause. This week was Lyrefest, the philanthropy week for Alpha Chi Omega!! We held several fun events this week to rally support for our organization, CARDV (Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence).
Tuesday night the other sororities and fraternities at WWU and Westminster College played Capture The Flag in the gym! First the girls competed, and then the guys. I have to say, some of the fraternity guys got a little intense at times! My sisters and I had a blast cheering on all the players. One of WWU's very own fraternities, Phi Gamma Delta (affectionately known as "Fiji") came home with first place for the guys, and WWU's Chi Omega chapter won first for the girls!
Wednesday night was my favorite event: serenades! For this event, each participating sorority and fraternity picked a couple well-known songs and changed some of the lyrics to make them specifically about Alpha Chi Omega and/or the fight against domestic violence. Every year, they ways to work the seniors' names into the songs, which is always fun! After attending serenades for four years, it was pretty crazy to finally get to sit in the front row and hear people throw my name out! We basically got to sit in our basement and be serenaded for several hours... It was a great time! Fiji won first again for the guys, and this time Alpha Phi took home first for the girls!
Thursday we held the final event: Lyre Lord and Lyre Lady. Each sorority and fraternity picks one or two people to represent them in this event, which is kind of similar to a pageant. The contestants answer questions about domestic violence statistics and show off one of their unique talents. Sometimes people sing, juggle, dance, recite poetry... The talents people possess are practically endless! This year, Chasah from Delta Gamma was crowned Lyre Lady for interpreting a song into American Sign Language as it played over the loudspeakers. Keegan from Kappa Alpha at Westminster was crowned Lyre Lord for his robotic dance moves.
Everyone at Alpha Chi counts down to this week for a really long time, and it always goes by way too quickly! While ours only comes once a year, there are enough sororities and fraternities at WWU and Westminster that we usually don't have to wait very long for the next group's philanthropy week to come around, and then we get to return the favor by participating in all of their events! Philanthropy weeks are a wonderful way to get out of your comfort zone and try new things while hanging out with a bunch of wonderful people. They are definitely going to be one of the things I miss the most about my experience here at WWU!