It's that time of year again where all assignments are due, basketball season is picking up, and all the organizations are putting on their best events! If I could describe my last two weeks in a few words, I'd say it was complete madness,
but with excitement and anticipation sprinkled throughout. I haven't had the chance to write about what has been going on in my life at the Woods, so today's post is a hybrid of activities I'm involved in on campus!
I'll start with the oldest bit of news: Haunted Hoops!
Like I've said before, I'm on the women's basketball team here at WWU, and I really like to get involved. Coach Chapla and Coach Totta (the women's and men's head coaches) approached me early in October to plan an event called Haunted Hoops that would take place on Halloween. Obviously, I jumped at the chance and agreed to help out! What better way to use my skills learned in communications to help plan an event like this?
We planned the event for October 31 and it would involve a scrimmage, some games with the crowd, and a few chances to win money or basketball gear. The event was going to be a half LEAD point, and we planned on giving out a great performance for the students who attended.
The coaches and I discussed these games down to every single detail. Thankfully, we had the help of the WWU Cheerleaders for set up, the men's assistant coach Andrew Green as our Master of Ceremonies, and the hard working men in Sports Information, Ben Mizera and Christopher Caskey. With everyone's help, we were able to throw one of the best LEAD events all month!
The gym was full of students in costumes and the coaches surprised us by dressing up, too! Once the event began, my heart started pounding and stayed that way the entire time. There was so much anticipation for what was going to happen next! The crowd was really involved and the energy in the gym was so positive. We started with a hot shot shooting competition, and a surprise game followed, where sophomores Julia Wells and Skylar Overlander were pied in the face! The men and women's teams put on skits for the crowd, and had the entire gymnasium laughing!
By the time we got to last event of the Green & White scrimmage, and I wasn't ready for the night to end! The next day, people were approaching our team and commenting on what a great time they had. A lot of students even expressed their interest in coming again next year! After all the chaos and hard work that went into this event, I have my fingers crossed that it will be a repeat event next year!
Next, I'll share a little about what's been going on here in Admissions: Discovery Days!
As University Ambassadors, we get the opportunity to participate in Discovery Days on campus. On these days, prospective students come to campus and get the inside scoop of what William Woods University is really like. I got the chance to hang out with some students and their families these past two weekends and tell them about our university! I met students from all over the states, and I specifically remember families from Georgia, Washington, California, and Wisconsin. It's incredible how WWU can bring together students from such different places of the United States for their education!
And for my latest and greatest activity that just took place last weekend, was a Community Advisor event: Italian Night!
As a community advisor, I have the responsibility to promote a feeling of community within my hall and also venture out to make those ties across the campus. Typically, I put on one event a month by myself but this November, I decided to join another hall, Booth, in producing an event. Booth is a residence hall that houses the men of Pi Kappa Alpha, and their CA, Nate Bitner, was more than willing to help out. There's no better way to bring people together than by eating food -- and more specifically, spaghetti!
I might have called my mother 20 times just to discuss what all we would need and how we were going to prepare the food (Hey mom, if you're reading this, thank you so much for all your help!). On Sunday, November 10, at 11:00 AM we started to prepare food for 60+ people who planned on attending the Italian Night. In total, we made 8 lbs. of spaghetti noodles, over 300 meatballs, and used over a gallon of spaghetti sauce! This is not to mention all the dinner rolls, salad, cheese, grapes and desserts we had to offer!
By 5:00 PM, the basement of Atkinson Hall where I live was packed with people enjoying a feast of spaghetti and meatballs. We played Italian music and just let everything unfold. It was so much fun being a hostess and I can't wait to do something like this again! Everyone had a great time and left with a very full stomach. Somehow, we had just the right amount of food that nobody went without and nothing was leftover.
Although it has been a crazy few weeks, I've been having a blast. My schedule is always so busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I have learned so much about myself by working with different people and working under deadlines. I'm really thankful for these opportunities, and I have so much fun growing outside of class!
Thanks again for reading! I can't wait to share more with you throughout my junior year!
It's been so bittersweet, this senior year of mine. I've been trying to make the most of it, balance classes, working, finding internships, do homework, etc. and you can't forget your friends! We definitely need more than 24 hours in a day is what I've concluded.
Last semester I took 15 credit hours (a class is typically 3 credits at WWU) which equals out to five classes - a definite norm on campus. My classes last semester were interpreting III, interpreting in advanced settings I, digital production I, senior capstone (ASL), and communication law and ethics. They were a lot of work, but you can't expect anything different when you enter into your Junior/Senior year and the majority of classes you'll be taking are 300 or 400 level classes. This semester I'm taking 16 credit hours and I'm hopeful I'll end my undergraduate career on a high note. This semester I'm in interpreting in advanced settings II, interpreting IV, digital production II, radio broadcasting, senior seminar (communications), and history of the U.S. II.
Even though it's a lot of work, I'm still having a great time with all of my involvements on campus and being able to squeeze time in with my friends. My busiest days consist of classes, a meeting or two for an organization, UA (that's what we call University Ambassadors), and a S.W.A.T. hour or two (Student Website Advancement Team). We also can't forget LEAD events! You'll definitely be busy here at the Woods, but hopefully it will be a good busy of things that you like. I've noticed now, in my senior year, that it's important to be involved in the things that make you happy as well as something you may be able to use on your resume.
I hope you all had an awesome winter holiday!
Hi, hello and happy (belated) New Year! I hope you all had fun ringing in 2013 and are going strong on your New Year’s resolutions!
I decided this year that I wasn’t going to make a “resolution.” Rather, my goal is to be intentional for the duration of the year to be smart with my money. You see, I kind of have a problem. No, it’s not with spending money. (That’s the easy part!) I just can’t seem to keep money in my bank account long enough for me to bat an eye!
BUT, that’s why I’m SO lucky that I have lots of campus jobs here at The Woods. This university offers students so many opportunities to make some extra money without having to search for employment in the Fulton community.
I am lucky enough to currently have four campus jobs: work study in the Office of Student Life, Phonathon, Telecounseling and working for the Office of Admissions as a University Ambassador. All together, these jobs equal out to be around eleven hours per week. (Not bad, huh?)
Every student on campus is eligible for a certain number of work study hours according to their FAFSA (that nasty little government form that everyone has to fill out annually). There are LOTS of work study opportunities on campus. You can work anywhere from athletics to the barn to local elementary schools to the mail room.
When I first signed up for work study, I decided to work for Debbie Schick in the Office of Student Life. Debbie is the campus “momma,” someone everyone goes to for help and advice about EVERYTHING. She is also in charge of the LEAD program. If students need replacement ID cards or have questions about their points, they can ask Debbie.
When I go to work, I usually cover Debbie’s lunch hour. I file papers, answer the phone, print new IDs, etc. The fun thing about working in the Office of Student life is that I’m not just working for Debbie. That department also includes Residential Life, Career Services, Faith, Counseling and Health Services and Multicultural Affairs, so I have LOTS of “bosses!” It’s so much fun.
This is my third year working as a Phonathon caller. At this amazing job, I call graduates of WWU, chat with them about their collegiate experience, and ask them if they’d like to make a monetary donation to the university. It is SO much fun; talking to women who graduated in the 1940s is one of the best parts because they have some VERY interesting stories from “back in their day.”
Telecounseling is another campus job that is pretty similar to Phonathon, except I call prospective students, not graduates. You have probably gotten a phone call or two from us before (hopefully you didn’t hang up!) I love chatting with students who are interested in The Woods and telling them all about why I love this school so much. I also answer questions they have about college life and invite them to attend campus events we have throughout the semester.
One of my favorite weekly jobs is working as a University Ambassador. Along with working in the Admissions Office twice a week giving campus tours to prospective students and their families, I also get to help with campus events such as Discovery Days and WWU 101! Plus, I get to write this blog! What could be better?
Along with the four jobs that I have right now, I’ve also had a couple other jobs that are more “seasonal.” One of them is being a Peer Mentor during Orientation Week. During that first week, I do different things like work the registration table, help students move in, attend orientation events, introduce students to each other, and help students navigate campus. It’s really fun and a GREAT way to get to know my newest peers!
“Working” as a Freshman Advantage mentor during the summer is probably one of THE BEST jobs I have ever had. The reason I put “working” in quotes is because it honestly didn’t even feel like a job! I basically got to hang out with a bunch of awesome students and mentors all day, plan fun events and enforce the rules of Residential Life. Freshman Advantage is one of the most amazing programs William Woods has to offer, and I strongly encourage you to look into it. (Don’t worry, you’ll learn more about this program in a future post!)
One job that I’ve never had personally but a lot of my friends have is a Community Advisor, or CA. This job includes promoting a sense of community among residents, coordinating CA events, and making sure residents are following the rules of the university.
I know I say this a lot, but I am so blessed to go to a university where I have so many opportunities at my fingertips. Where else could I gain the experience of six jobs in four years, not to mention the networking opportunities and the FUN!
If you’re looking for a place to spend your college years where you don’t have to work a crazy amount of hours but just want to make some extra spending money, then William Woods University is the place for you. If you’re looking for a place to spend your college years where you have the opportunity to try a new job in a safe environment, then William Woods University is the place for you. If you’re looking for a place to spend your college years where you can build your resume to pages and pages of greatness, then WILLIAM WOODS UNIVERSITY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!
Hopefully with these next few months in front of me, and plenty of work ahead, I can save my money and prove to myself that I can be successful with my “resolution.” I think I have a pretty good chance, don’t you?
Anyway, I’d better get back to enjoying my last week of Christmas break while I can! I hope your new semester of classes has been going well and you stay true to your resolutions! (If you need a little encouragement, just holler!) Good luck!
Smiles and sunshine!