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5 Fun Ideas for Friday Night Fun in Fulton

Back in November, Myriam suggested 10 ways to have fun in Fulton on the weekends. I’m adding on to this by suggesting five more ways to enjoy Fulton, MO. Whether you’re staying in or going out, there are plenty of fun (and cheap!) ways to spend Friday nights in Fulton. Below are my ideas for how to have a fun-filled Friday evening.

B&B Theaters in Fulton, MO.

B&B Theaters in Fulton, MO.

  1. Go to the Movies

The movie theater is just five minutes from campus! I love going because it’s never too busy, and often times my friends and I end up with our own theater. You always get great seats and lots of yummy popcorn.

  1. Go Bowling

Just next to the movie theater is the bowling alley. Sometimes Campus Activities Board hosts a night of bowling, which is great because lots of students pack the building. Even though I'm terrible at bowling, it's always fun to play with friends and see who breaks 100.

  1. Play Pool in McNutt

There’s plenty of fun to be had on campus, too. McNutt has a pool table and a big screen TV. So, you can play a game or watch a movie. Plus, the Owl’s Nest is open till 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, so you can still grab a coffee or a snack.

Egg and potato baskets were one of our many culinary creations.

Egg and potato baskets were one of our many culinary creations.

  1. Plan A Night in Your Dorm

If you want to really stay in, you can gather friends and hang in a dorm room. During my freshman year, we had tons of friends play a very intense game of Heads Up, where you give clues to a person holding a phone on their forehead displaying a noun. Other ideas include board games, movies, or honing your culinary skills. Cooking/baking may be limited to a microwave in some halls, but in Cutlip we have a full kitchen.

  1. Go to a LEAD Event

Finally, there are often LEAD events held on the weekends, too. These range from plays to improv shows to lectures and more. This past Friday, my friends and I attended a lecture by saddle seat instructor and trainer Smith Lilly.

Hope you have an awesome Friday night!



The REAL Advantages of Freshman Advantage

We just returned from Thanksgiving break and I was fortunate enough to go home to Colorado and spend it with my family this year. While I was home, my younger sister AliBeth turned 18 and also received her second college acceptance! This really got me thinking about my senior year of high school and the summer leading up to college.

When I visited William Woods during the equestrian visit weekend, we went to a session on Freshman Advantage. My mom was immediately excited about it and I signed up that day.

At the time, the advantages seemed to be:

  • getting used to being away from home,
  • spending time learning the campus,
  • and getting some classes out of the way.

Not only did I get all of that and them some, there were many other benefits like knowing people before orientation and making many fun memories. Looking back now as a senior, I still reap the rewards of spending three weeks at William Woods during the summer.

Group of 10 people smiling at City Museum door

We got to go on a field trip to the City Museum in St. Louis which is essentially a giant playground!

Lasting Friendships. One of my biggest reasons to be thankful for Freshman Advantage is the friendships I have with the people who went through it with me. Hallie is one of my very best friends, sorority sister, and biology partner who I met through Freshman Advantage.

I also have people across campus who are in the same organizations as I am who became friends with me because we met at FA. It was so nice to come to campus knowing many other students in my class, but I had no idea that those people would still go to lunch with me and help me out with my coursework four years later.

Professor Relationships. I really enjoyed the classes I took at Freshman Advantage, and it wasn't really the content that got me hooked. Yes history is important but it really isn't my cup of tea. The teachers I had during Freshman Advantage made me excited to learn. Although I never took another class with Dr. Carrie McCray or Shawn Hull, I have stayed in contact with both of them. In fact, Dr. McCray and I catch up regularly and she offers me great advice about what I should do with my future!

Class sitting at tables arranged in U, instructor teaching

This is our Deaf Culture class. The instructor is Dr. Carrie McCray

Class Credit. If I had to choose, getting 7 credits out of the way was the greatest advantage of FA. It set me up so that I had several common studies requirements taken care of, and I did not have to take up room in my schedule.

I just registered for my final semester of college (talk about crazy!) and I was able to sign up for things that I just want to take. They aren't requirements for my major or any of my minors, but I've always wanted to take a tack construction class--because I got those common studies out of the way, I have plenty of room to take the things that I want to take!

Whether you live in Missouri or even another country, I strongly suggest you look for programs like Freshman Advantage during your college search. It certainly made a big difference in my college experience.

If you've already got your heart set on William Woods, don't hesitate to sign up! It was one of the greatest decisions my family made. I only hope that wherever my sister ends up she gets the same opportunity!

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10 Things to do on the Weekend in Fun-ville Fulton

I’m not sure if you are like me but, every Monday I automatically think what my plans are for the upcoming weekend will be. Being in a small college town, your options might seem limited but in Fulton they are not!

  1. If you have a car or very nice friends like I do who do have a car, you can easily pop to the mall in Columbia, which is only 20 minutes away!
  2. You can go downtown for a relaxing walk, while window shopping at all the quaint little shops.
  3. You can easily top up your tan at Fulton’s two tanning shops. Lasting Image and Tanfastic. These are both relatively affordable tanning salons!
  4. If you love Mexican food, Jalisco is perfect for you and your friends. If you are 21, Jalisco       has great margarita offers on selected days of the week.
  5. History fans can enjoy the National Churchill Museum. This 4-million-dollar museum inside a priceless piece of architecture will give you a look back at living history.
  6. Lulu’s frozen yoghurt! This is one of my favorite places to hang out downtown! Indulge in some good frozen yoghurt on a Sunday afternoon with your friends.
  7. Play some golf at Tanglewood golf club that is only a 5-minute drive from campus. It is a FUN public golf course; just make sure you don’t lose too many golf ball

    The Women's Golf Team at Beks!

    The Women's Golf Team at Beks!

  8. If you are keen on nightlife, the Post Office Bar and Grill ("The PO") and Underground are fun places to hang out on a Saturday night.
  9. Beks! It is the perfect restaurant to take your family when they come and visit. It is located in the "Brick District" downtown and is famous for its spinach and artichoke dip!
  10. The Art House gallery is right up the street from Beks. It displays work from 100 different regional artists. The Art House also hosts classes teaching painting, pottery making, drawing, rug weaving, and other fine arts.

I hope this helps guide you to fun weekends in Fulton!

Thanks for reading!



Spring is around the corner (well nearly)

The past week has been a roller coaster for me. Advising for spring semester has come around, which means that I have to accept it will be my last semester here at The Woods! Thank gosh for Dr. Cavaiani, a communication professor. Being a senior, I have taken most of the classes I need to graduate, and I was in a little bit of a pickle for what classes I should take in the spring.Myself in the Broadcasting classroom

I am striving to work in the sports communication field in my future and Dr. Cav was the right person to talk to. He gave me class options that I could take in the spring to help me get where I want to be in life.

One of the classes is Radio Broadcasting. I've had some experience with this, but not enough to include it in the portfolio that I have been building to show employers when I seek a job. William Woods is lucky to have an actual radio station on campus, and most of the shows are produced by students! It streams online as well as broadcasts, so you can listen online if you want!

Julia Wells and MyselfJulia Wells is also a communications major and taking Radio Broadcasting with me, which lead us to seize an opportunity--we are creating our own sports talk show! I’m so excited!

Julia started at the same time as I did. She is one of my closest friends on campus. Julia was always there to give me rides and help me get in to the American swing of things!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I ended the advising process on a high. After all the stress of deciding what to do for my last semester, I figured it out from the help of my professors and my family!