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.
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 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!
We've all heard Dorothy's famous line from The Wizard of Oz, "there's no place like home." For me, that single line could easily be identified as the single biggest reason I was so nervous about going to college - I was afraid that I be incredibly homesick because, no matter how much I thought I liked the school I picked, it would never feel the same as home. Now, four years later, I realize that I was wrong.
My favorite thing about William Woods is the family feel of the school, hands down. Thanks to the smaller size of the school, the faculty, staff, and students all have a chance to get to know each other on a much closer basis than we would have at a large school. Here, the teachers know if you miss class... and they will ask the students who do make it if they know why you're not there! True, part of the reason they ask is so they can know whether or not the absense should be excused, but they also genuinely want to be sure that the absent student is okay.
Everyone always comments on how close they are to their teachers here at William Woods, but I think the rest of the faculty and staff deserve special mention, too. Literally everyone who works on this campus recognizes you. There are two ladies that work in Tucker dining hall who always come see the plays on campus, so every time I come into Tucker they ask me for an update on rehearsals. I'm on a friendly, first-name basis with many of the people who work in the Office of Student Life, too. I actually went to lunch this last week with Debbie Schick, the lady in charge of coordinating and overseeing the LEAD program. There are professors I have not had a class with since my freshman year, but who still remember my name and stop to say hi when we pass each other on the sidewalk. I don't think I could ever fully express how much I love the environment here at The Woods!
While it is true that no university will ever feel the same as the home you grew up in, I strongly believe that the college you choose can feel like home, too. My teachers, my classmates, my bosses on campus, the theatre department, and my sorority sisters, and all my other friends on campus have all banded together to create a home away from home that I know I will miss terribly after I graduate. Dorothy may have been right, but she forgot to include another important element. There is no place like home (away from home)!