Student Blog The blog of William Woods University Undergraduate Students

27Jan/160

5 Things I Love about William Woods!

Choosing your college is important and you have to find the best fit for you as a person. Here are some things I love about William Woods:

1.Small Campus

Being on a small campus can be really irritating because you think everybody knows your business. But it really isn’t! The woods is small enough that you can walk past pretty much anybody and say hi. What more do you want walking to an 8 am class and someone walking by saying hi to help make your day.

2. Short Walks

We are lucky that our campus is basically in one big circle, the longest walk to class is no longer than 5 minutes (depending on how fast you walk).

Me, on the Lake

Me, on the Lake

3. Friendly Faculty and Professors

This was a big fear of mine being an international student. I was anxious to see what my professors would be like. From my freshman year to now my final senior semester, all professors and faculty have been extremely kind and helpful. My first encounter entering William Woods being scared and afraid was with Dr. Venita Mitchell. She helped me overcome me being homesick and adjusting to life here and I will forever be grateful.

4. Dulany Library

The library’s basement is the best place to lock yourself away from civilization and just concentrate on reading a book or doing your homework. It is like a little maze, you could get lose but it is the most peaceful place.

5. Junior Lake

The Lake is a perfect getaway to relax either sunbathing in the hot weather or kayaking with friends. You can relax at the dock, play sand volleyball or just chill and watch.

Let me know if you want to know all the other things I love about WWU!

Have a great rest of your week!

-Mimmi

3Dec/150

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!

Thanks for reading!

-Joanie

30Nov/150

5 Fun & Fattening things to do on Thanksgiving Break!

When I first came to William Woods 4 years ago, I had no idea what Thanksgiving was and what I was going to do for nearly a whole week! I am an international student, as you already know, so flying home would be difficult.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Over the years, I learned some fun things to do, which I am going to share with you!

  1. Dine with faculty! There is always that one professor who is kind enough to ask you to join them for their Thanksgiving. I was so flattered! I love our professors!
  2. Feast with friends! I have had so many offers every year to go home with one of my friends.
  3. Relax on campus! If home is too far, you can cook up a nice Thanksgiving meal in your residence hall!
  4. Travel regionally! If you have some spare pocket money and want to go see other states, go and do it! Chicago is not too far away, and you can get a train from Jefferson City, La Plata, or St Louis!
  5. Earn some cash! If you want to earn some extra money, you can stay and work on campus with the equestrian program! NO classes, just working for money!

I hope this helps in future and I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! I sure did in Fulton with my second family!

-Mimmi

29Oct/150

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!

-Mims