Student Blog The blog of William Woods University Undergraduate Students

11Mar/150

Phired Up at William Woods!

Last Friday, as a part of the President's Concert and Lecture Series, the William Woods community welcomed guest speaker Tina VanSteenbergen from Phired Up. Tina gave an inspiring motivational speech to the community at large and brought us closer with one another through a series of interactive tasks throughout the presentation. The entire goal of the event was to pull our community nearer to the idea of Social Excellence...

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My favorite piece of advice from the presentation. Great tip for incoming college students. "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."

Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others. Being authentic and living everyday with integrity as the best version of oneself. Being confident and vulnerable. Being fun and compassionate. Being open, kind, and bold. The highest level of societal participation and contribution.

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I got my very own picture with the VIP Guest Speaker Tina VanSteenbergen!

Tina had everyone rise from their seats and go meet someone new. Once we met our new person, we sat with them throughout the entire presentation. Taking breaks to have conversations on random topics with our newly found friends. By the end of the presentation, I had made a new friend who I new a lot of new details about, such as the people he idolized, his likes and dislikes, and his family. Tina encouraged us to adopt several new principles of social excellence including generosity and authenticity, and how to build masterful social skills and how to push one's social comfort zones to the max. Social Excellence increases social confidence and prepares individuals for success in college, business, relationships, and life. In today's technological world, human connections remain vital to professional and personal success and must remain an integral part of everyday life.

This LEAD event helped me to understand the importance of face to face interaction and make a new friend. For that, I am grateful.

2Apr/140

WWU 101!

You. William Woods University. April 11th, 2014. Be there!

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Welcome to WWU 101, our school's biggest admissions event of the year! If you are a high school or college transfer student planning on attending William Woods this August, this event is specifically for you. :)

WWU 101 is a great opportunity to meet several other incoming students, current students, as well as a bunch of faculty and staff. You will also have the chance to participate in several academic and social activities.

Academically, attending WWU 101 can give you a headstart in preparing for your upcoming semester. You will get to meet with your advisor, so you can talk about which classes you want to take in August. You can sit in on a current class if you would like. You can also learn about the honors program and Freshman Advantage! This is a great time to talk to a bunch of people and find answers to all your questions about your academic life here at The Woods.

I met Hannah Mansell when she came to visit campus for events like 101, and was super excited to welcome her as a new member of my sorority once August finally rolled around!

I met Hannah Mansell when she came to visit campus for events like 101, and was super excited to welcome her as a new member of my sorority once August finally rolled around!

WWU 101 will also offer plenty of recreational activities, too! For example, in the afternoon we will have an ice cream social, a tie dye booth, and an opportunity to work with current fraternity and sorority members to make weekend food bags for kids in need. Representatives from WWU's many clubs and organizations will be around, too, so you'll be able to start thinking about how you might want to get involved. You will also have the opportunity to stay overnight on campus with a current student. I would absolutely encourage every single one of you to stay the night if you can! This is a wonderful way to get to know some of the current students a little bit better and get a feel for what it will be like to live here in the fall semester. There are also some great evening activities planned for students that are staying on campus: the show choir will perform their concert, "The Wonderful World of Disney," followed immediately by a hysterical performance from a professional improv team known as Mission IMPROVable!

Throughout the day, you will also be able to get your student ID, sign up for recruitment, and shop the WWU logo store. Be sure to bring your parents along; we are having a parent Q&A session and a parents' reception that evening!

WWU 101 is a wonderful opportunity for every incoming student. I'm so glad I was able to attend when I was still a senior in high school, and I have loved getting to help out with it as a current student every year since! If you are interested in attending, call the admissions office to RSVP at 1-800-995-3159. Let them know how many guests will be attending with you, and be sure to specify whether or not you want to stay the night!

I hope every single one of you can come! I look forward to meeting you there!

23Feb/144

Dorm Decor!

These girls lofted both their beds, making room underneath for one girl to put her dresser and the other to bring in her giant beanbag from home!

These girls lofted both their beds, making room underneath for one girl to put her dresser and the other to bring in her giant beanbag from home!

How big will my dorm room be?
Can I bring in my own furniture?
What kinds of decorations am I allowed to use?
Can I have a microwave?
Will there be enough space for both me and my roommate to keep our things?

An example of someone's wall all decorated!

An example of someone's wall all decorated!

If you're anything like me, these questions, along with many others, are probably taking up most of your attention as your prepare to make the switch to college in just a few short months. Since I know how many people are nervous about moving to a new place and setting up a new space, I figured I'd dedicate this week's blog post to different room decorating options and ideas!

First off, I want to stress that you can litererally decorate your room in ANY WAY you can IMAGINE!

Every single room on campus comes with the same set of furniture: two beds, two desks, two dressers, and two desk chairs. Every room also comes with two closets, some with doors and some without. The beds can be kept separate, bunked, or lofted (which means the bed is raised as high as it would be if it were the top bunk, but without the other bed underneath it). If you get a simple set of bed-risers (usually fairly cheap at Walmart), you can slide your dresser underneath your bed to create a little extra space in the room! You are welcome to bring in any of your own furniture from home, too, depending on how much space you have. The actual room size varies a little bit from hall to hall, but not by much.

These girls chose to loft one of their beds and leave the other one lower, saving space by pushing both beds in the same corner.

These girls chose to loft one of their beds and leave the other one lower, saving space by pushing both beds in the same corner.

You are welcome to hang up decorations on your walls, so long as they won't leave any lasting damage after you take them down. There are some wonderful inventions out there that help you put posters up on the walls without leaving any marks, though, so it's not hard to decorate! Some rooms on campus come with carpet on either all or some of the walls, which is very handy because you can put tacks and nails in the carpet without fear of causing damage. A lot of students with the carpeted walls generally hang fabric over the carpeted section, which essentially allows you to color your room however you want!

Another example of someone's wall décor (you can also see the corner of the big bed she made by pushing the two twin beds together).

Another example of someone's wall décor (you can also see the corner of the big bed she made by pushing the two twin beds together).

If you get a single room, you can use all the furniture yourself. Some students choose to push both beds together so they can have one big bed. When I had a single last year, I slept in one bed and designated the other one as a couch for visitors!

I love walking down the hallways and seeing how many different ways students decorate their rooms. Literally, there are as many different set-up options as there are students on campus! Some roommates choose to keep their sides of the room completely separate, whereas others choose to arrange their furniture such that they completely share the space. I hope this has helped you get some ideas for what you might want to do if/when you decide to come to William Woods! Feel free to leave comments on here if you have any other questions or simply want to chat more about some of the options!

14Feb/140

There’s No Place Like Home

We've all heard Dorothy's famous line from The Wizard of Oz, "there's no place like home." For me, that single line could easily be identified as the single biggest reason I was so nervous about going to college - I was afraid that I be incredibly homesick because, no matter how much I thought I liked the school I picked, it would never feel the same as home. Now, four years later, I realize that I was wrong.

Communications and Theatre professor, Melissa Alpers-Springer, with student Darian Lightfoot.

Communications and Theatre professor, Melissa Alpers-Springer, with student Darian Lightfoot.

My favorite thing about William Woods is the family feel of the school, hands down. Thanks to the smaller size of the school, the faculty, staff, and students all have a chance to get to know each other on a much closer basis than we would have at a large school. Here, the teachers know if you miss class... and they will ask the students who do make it if they know why you're not there! True, part of the reason they ask is so they can know whether or not the absense should be excused, but they also genuinely want to be sure that the absent student is okay.

Theatre professor Joe Potter jumps right in with some theatre students in a goofy picture outside!

Theatre professor Joe Potter jumps right in with some theatre students in a goofy picture outside!

Everyone always comments on how close they are to their teachers here at William Woods, but I think the rest of the faculty and staff deserve special mention, too. Literally everyone who works on this campus recognizes you. There are two ladies that work in Tucker dining hall who always come see the plays on campus, so every time I come into Tucker they ask me for an update on rehearsals. I'm on a friendly, first-name basis with many of the people who work in the Office of Student Life, too. I actually went to lunch this last week with Debbie Schick, the lady in charge of coordinating and overseeing the LEAD program. There are professors I have not had a class with since my freshman year, but who still remember my name and stop to say hi when we pass each other on the sidewalk. I don't think I could ever fully express how much I love the environment here at The Woods!

Senior Dakota Linsenbardt with one of his teachers and mentors, Dr. Linda Davis.

Senior Dakota Linsenbardt with one of his teachers and mentors, Dr. Linda Davis.

While it is true that no university will ever feel the same as the home you grew up in, I strongly believe that the college you choose can feel like home, too. My teachers, my classmates, my bosses on campus, the theatre department, and my sorority sisters, and all my other friends on campus have all banded together to create a home away from home that I know I will miss terribly after I graduate. Dorothy may have been right, but she forgot to include another important element. There is no place like home (away from home)!