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!