It has been quite chilly here at The Woods! One of the things I love about this campus is that we are small, so it doesn't take long to get to class even when it's cold outside. I can get all the way across campus in less than five minutes! Everything is close and the barns are located right next to campus, so we can walk there too.
This semester seems to be picking up speed. I'm getting used to my new schedule. Last semester I lived in the Cox Science and Language building, but now I have equestrian classes over at the barn, the communications class, along side my science courses.
I am branching out and taking a class in communications called Argumentation and Debate. It has been really fascinating so far. When I heard it was part of the honor's curriculum, I didn't think about it much, but I'm surprised at how much I enjoy it! It is very different from my typical science course load, and we get to talk about current issues and figure out the most effective way to create an argument in favor of one side. All of the bickering with my sisters growing up seems to have paid off... at least a little
Other than my riding class, I'm taking Stable Management and Practical Equine Anatomy and Conditioning in the Equestrian Department. I'm looking forward to the major projects in those classes.
For Stable Management we will design our own facility, whether it be a professional training barn or just a home stable. I think it will be fun to learn about all the different types of things you have to consider. We've started discussing the stall, and I cannot believe how many questions you have to ask in order to design a great stall!
In Practical Equine Anatomy and Conditioning, the major project is to design a conditioning program for a horse (one you own or one you want to own some day). We'll look at not just the actual exercises, but how to build up to a certain conditioning level. I'm excited to see which exercises condition which muscle groups of the horse, and also to learn what kind of diet is the most appropriate depending on age, discipline, and intended use.
Court Warming is coming up at The Woods! We will have events like Minute to Win it, writing letters to soldiers, and voting on the king and queen. The theme this year is Red White and Blue at WWU. I'm most excited for the campus party at Tucker, our dining hall, where they will serve All-American food! All of the events lead up to the basketball game on Saturday. It's a lot of fun because the whole campus really gets involved!
This semester is going by really fast! Here at the Woods we have less than twenty days of class, and Thanksgiving break will be here in two weeks. The weather just started getting colder, the trees are dropping the last of their leaves, and Walmart has put out their Christmas stuff. Everyone is experiencing the end of semester rush to finish up those semester long projects and take the last sets of tests before finals.
My classes are still going well. I'm towards the end of my last set of tests before finals which is crazy! I can't believe that it is already the middle of November and I'm going to be finished with this set of courses in just a few weeks. I enjoy my classes right now and I'm almost sad that they will be changing, but I'm hoping that my courses next semester are just as fun.
Psychology has gotten really interesting over the past few weeks. Right now we're talking about psychological disorders and the previous chapter was all about stress. While the disorders are not really "fun", it is interesting to learn about how many different kinds there are and what each one entails.
In Microbiology I'm learning all about viruses. They are very strange little things and they come in all shapes and do all sorts of different things in their hosts. We just took a test in Genetics on Monday and are between units at the moment. Last week in lab we isolated plasmid DNA, which is extra genetic material that gives bacteria cool little powers that aren't essential for living like antibiotic resistance or warfare chemicals. We finished up the plant research project a few weeks ago. I had normal plants (boring) but there were a few people who got mutants that will help Dr. Hesse with her research!
Organic Chemistry is quite the challenge, but surprisingly it is still interesting. We have done some cool separations and other techniques in lab. Earlier in the semester we actually identified what a particular compound was based on the temperature at which it melts! It is kind of cool that you can figure out what you have just based on one property. We also spent a few weeks isolating clove oil from whole cloves. We did a test to figure out how pure our extraction was using thin layer chromatography and UV light.
I am starting to get excited for Thanksgiving break. Some of the girls from my sorority are taking road trips to see their families as well, and a few of the people who live far away will tag a long and adopt a family for Thanksgiving if they don't want to travel all the way home. Because my grandparents live in St. Louis, my family is flying here from Colorado so we can all be together! My older sister will drive down from her school in Iowa to be with us as well. Over the break my younger sister will turn 16, and when she gets home she'll be able to get her driver's liscence (scary thought).
This weekend I'm going to the St. Louis Science Center with the Biology Club. I think I've gone before as a kid with my grandparents, but I don't really remember it. I'm excited to go see what's there now and hopefully do some exploring in the city!
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!