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My 5 Favorite Study Spots

Hello again!

Last time, I talked about what to do while breaking from studying. In college, like in most high schools, finals are a fact of life.

Now, with finals just around the corner, it's time to stop breaking and start studying! If you're like me, your study spot can make or break your studying. A spot that's too quiet, too noisy, too bright, too dim, etc. might make your experience delightful or miserable. Below, I've listed some of my favorite study spots at William Woods and around Fulton.

The brand new Brick District Playhouse has lots of coffee and food options.

The brand new Brick District Playhouse has lots of coffee and food options.

  • Brick District Playhouse/Playhouse Bistro
    A newer addition to Fulton, this quaint coffee shop is a delightful choice for studying. Again, there's coffee available, but it also has a bright atmosphere and lots of tables for studying. And, when you get hungry, you can grab lunch.
  • Library Lower Level
    I love studying in the basement in the library. There are chalkboards for reviewing material, beanbag chairs to kick back in, desks, books, study rooms, and library resources are at your fingertips. During finals week, the library is open until 2 a.m., which leaves lots of time for cramming!
  • McNutt Campus Center
    This one is not for everyone because it's definitely louder, but I love studying in McNutt because I don't feel so isolated. There are computers and desks upstairs and couches and chairs downstairs, so you can pick the best spot for the work you're doing. Plus, you're right next to the Owl's Nest, so coffee is at your immediate disposal!
  • Barnes & Noble
    You have to drive to Columbia or Jefferson City to study at Barnes & Noble, so it's not always the most available spot. But, there's coffee! And, I personally love B&N because there's books everywhere and it has a scholarly, peaceful atmosphere.
One of the study rooms in Cutlip Hall, with a conference style table and whiteboard.

One of the study rooms in Cutlip Hall, with a conference style table and whiteboard.

  • Residence Hall Common Areas
    Many of the dorms have study areas with whiteboards that are perfect for reviewing material. I live in R. B. Cutlip Residence Hall, which has two, small, conference-style rooms with boards that are ideal for studying material or completing projects with groups. Sometimes, these areas get busy, but other times they are very quiet, so you can tailor your experience depending on the time and day.

Besides the spots I've listed, there are all sorts of study areas around William Woods. Many buildings have tables and chairs or designated study areas. Or, if the weather is nice, you can sit by the Junior Lake dock or outside McNutt.

It's the busiest time of the year for studying, so where do you plan to camp out this finals time?



15 Things To Do while Taking a Break from Studying

Here my roommate Catie demonstrates napping while studying.

Here my roommate Catie demonstrates napping while studying.

A successful student studies a lot (or should study a lot). But, when it's time to take a break from studying, here are my suggestions for how to spend the time.

  1. Visit the Owl’s Nest (or your pantry/local coffee store) and grab a snack or, even better, a Starbucks coffee.
  2. Take a nap (a quick twenty minutes might rejuvenate you and make your studying more effective).
  3. Cartwheel. Get some blood flowing to your brain.
  4. Yoga/deep breathing. If you’re super-stressed, take a deep breath. And then keep studying (this is especially effective for finals week).
  5. Clean. Be productive on your break and tidy up your [dorm] room, and give your mind a break.
  6. Do some laundry. Start a load and then when you break again, you can switch loads. Then when you’re done studying, you can fold.
  7. Go for a walk/visit the horses. William Woods has a beautiful campus with lots of horses to visit.
  8. Go to a LEAD event. If you coordinate right, you can go to a LEAD event and take a break from studying--and still be productive!
  9. Shower. A hot shower can be re-energizing.
  10. Call/talk to your parents. They probably miss you.
  11. Talk to your roommate/siblings. Discuss what you’re studying, and it will help solidify the concepts in your brain.
  12. Schedule the rest of your day. Keep on track by working out what you want to accomplish for the rest of your morning, afternoon, or evening.
  13. Write a thank you note. People love hand-written cards, so think of the last person that did something generous and write a little note. It will surely make his or her day.
  14. Make your bed. It’s probably not made…
  15. Read the William Woods blog!
The lovely William Woods campus in autumn.

Go for a walk and experience the lovely William Woods campus.

I hope that these suggestions liven up your next study break. Thanks for reading!



Finals Time

It has been a crazy few weeks here at The Woods! I cannot believe that finals start tomorrow. I am almost halfway through my time here at William Woods, and it is going by way too fast!

Last week I turned in several semester long papers and projects, and I gave a LEAD presentation on my mentor/mentee project. Everyone is focusing on school work to get all of the assignments turned in and to prepare for final exams.

Last weekend we had Alumni Weekend here at the Woods. A lot of people came back. At Alpha Phi we had so many of our chapter's alumnae return for a weekend of fun! It is always cool to hear about how The Woods has changed over the years, and yet the small friendly atmosphere is something everyone talks about.

Alumni Weekend with all of the Alpha Phi alumnae!

Alumni Weekend with all of the Alpha Phi alumnae!

In my Practical Equine Anatomy and Conditioning class, we got a fun break! We took a day to go around the barns and paint the anatomical structures of the horse. It was a good time to just take a breather from all the hustle and bustle of the end of the semester.

We painted Josey in the Western barn

We painted Josey in the Western barn

I am excited to be heading home in one week, but I also will miss all of the friendly faces here at The Woods! I am planning on shadowing veterinarians, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to volunteer at Colorado State University Veterinary School's Equine Orthopaedic Research Center! For vet school you are supposed to get exposure to as many different facets of veterinary medicine as possible before you apply, and since I think I might even want to do veterinary research, I am ecstatic to have this chance! I could not have done it without some resume help from William Woods Career Services or references from the Biology faculty.

This will be my last opportunity to write this semester. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and finish the school year strong! 🙂


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Hello, again!

Hey, friends!  We're down to the very last day of classes before finals.  Looking back, I'm curious where all my time has gone!  It's been a great first semester for my junior year, and I'm so excited for what's coming next.  With all the visiting students, it's been difficult to sit down and share with you all on my blog. I am so happy to show students the place I love most, so cramming all the activities of the last few weeks into one post isn't bad at all.


Last month in my sorority, we had our philanthropy week.   Philanthropy weeks consist of activities and competitions to raise money and awareness about our cause.  In Chi Omega's case, we support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we call our week, "Wish Week!"  It was so much fun!  We started the week on November 11th, at 11:11.  What better time for a week about wishes?  The surrounding sororities and fraternities came to our events to celebrate Make-A-Wish, and when you get the Greek community together it is always a good time.  The participants played in a dodgeball tournament, hung up banners for Chi Omega and Make-A-Wish, and sang songs to us about our house and our cause.  We even had a day for penny wars where pennies are worth positive points, and silver coins and bills are worth negative points.  It's a game of strategy for the competiting houses, but the friendly competition helped us raise over $1,000!


Here's a picture collage by Hayley Bowler of Sam!  Keep fighting, little guy!

Here's a picture collage by Hayley Bowler of Sam! Keep fighting, little guy!

The whole week, we were inspired by a wonderful little guy named Sam, or as we all know him, Superman Sam!  Sam is 5 years old and is currently battling a rare cancer.  He was recently given the opportunity to have his wish granted, and we were so inspired by his story!  We couldn't wait to meet him and thankfully, we got the opportunity at our last event, the Wish Walk!  The Wish Walk is a 5K that we host here in Fulton.  After hearing about Superman Sam and about our cause, the community and campus stepped up to participate.  It was awesome to see everyone in their Wish Walk shirts smiling and having fun in support of Sam!  At the close of the week, we raised a total of $5,000 for Make-A-Wish!  It felt so great to know that we could benefit a child just like Superman Sam!Wish Walk





After a great Wish Week, we got closer to Thanksgiving break.  It's always nice to go home to your family and visit friends!  I really enjoyed all the family time and especially the food (Hey mom, if you're reading this -- you're the bomb!).  I always miss WWU when I am home, so thankfully I had basketball practice on Friday night and was able to come back to campus with my teammates!

Now, we are up to the last week of class.  Again, where has my time gone?? It has been such a fast, thrilling, sometimes crazy but completely wonderful fall here at the Woods.  If you haven't had the opportunity to join us this semester, I hope to see you soon!  With Christmas break approaching, this will be my last post until next semester!  Happy Holidays and safe travels to all of you!  To my William Woods family, I'll miss you dearly until we return. Good luck on finals to students of any age, and thanks again for reading!


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