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“Family” Fun

When I was applying for college, I never even considered Greek Life. I didn't see myself as your typical "sorority girl", the ones who show up in television shows and movies. Then I went to Freshman Advantage and I met many mentors who participated in Greek Life here at The Woods, and my opinion about Greek Life changed a little bit. Upon moving in, I still didn't expect to join a house, but at the end of recruitment I had fallen in love with Greek Life and Alpha Phi.

Greek Life on campus is a great way to get involved! As a Sophomore, I am an officer in my house and I've made great friends. We have a lot of fun events across the Greek Community and in Alpha Phi.

Sophomore pledge class! This is the group I entered Alpha Phi with last fall.

Sophomore pledge class! This is the group I entered Alpha Phi with last fall.

Every year we have a Father's Weekend in the fall where we invite our dads to come visit. We just had ours two weeks ago, and my dad came and we had a great time!

The highlights of the weekend were a skeet/trap shooting trip, and a BBQ at our sorority house! The first time my dad and I shot skeet was last year during Father's Weekend. We both hit 3 targets out of about 35. This year neither of us hit a single target (we like to blame it on the rain, though that probably had nothing to do with it), but we had a blast anyway! Some of the other dads had lots of shooting experience, and they tried to help us but we didn't get all that far. I'll be able to give my dad a hard time about his aim for a very long time!

We had a lot of fun learning to shoot with our dads!

We had a lot of fun learning to shoot with our dads!

When I first decided to join a house, my parents did not really understand what it meant. They, like me, only knew the stereotypes portrayed by the media. After coming to Father's Weekend two years in a row, my dad understands exactly why I went Greek. I have made so many great relationships, memories, and I have learned leadership skills and made connections that will help me later in life.

This coming weekend is Fall Family Weekend for William Woods. My mom is coming to visit and I am so excited to see her! It is nice that my parents can come to Fulton to spend time with me during the school year. They like to "adopt" other girls in my sorority who live too far away for their parents to come. We all go shopping in Columbia, out to dinner, or even just hang out and watch movies. It's really fun! Having so many sorority sisters has given me a home here at William Woods and my "family" has gotten so much bigger!

I hope you are enjoying fall! Remember to spend some time with your family :)



“Are YOU My Sisters?”

Five days before classes begin each fall, the new freshmen move into their rooms at William Woods to begin orientation—a fun, fast-paced, whirlwind of an introduction to life at The Woods! One part of the orientation activities is Greek recruitment: the process where the female freshmen get to visit all the sororities (and the males get to visit the fraternities) to decide if they want to join a house and, if so, which one! Recruitment is always one of my very favorite times of the year, both when I was an incoming freshman and then as a returning upperclassman. I want to take this opportunity to walk you through my recruitment process this year—my senior year—as a member of Alpha Chi Omega.

Day 1: House Hop

All of us dressed up and ready to give house tours!

All of us dressed up and ready to give house tours!

The day you move onto campus, you and your family get to tour each of the sorority houses. Today is the day for you to get an understanding of the overall feel of all the houses and some basic information on what Greek life is all about. Even if you have visited the houses before, it’s a good idea to take the opportunity to walk through them again with an open mind now that you are seriously considering joining one of them.


Day 2: Open House

Eilie Cole, Shelby Dorfman, and Elsa Stiles posing for a quick picture before Open House begins.

Eilie Cole, Shelby Dorfman, and Elsa Stiles posing for a quick picture before Open House begins.

The next day is Open House, the day for each of the four houses to explain what their philanthropy is and what they are passionate about. A philanthropy is an organization or cause that each sorority (and fraternity) supports and raises money for. At Alpha Chi Omega, we raise money for the fight against rape and domestic violence. I love this night because it gives us the opportunity to explain to the freshmen who we are and what we are passionate about.


Day 3: Skit Night

The rest of the cast and I getting ready to perform our skit for the freshmen!

The rest of the cast and I getting ready to perform our skit for the freshmen!



Next comes one of my favorite nights of recruitment! On skit night, the freshmen visit three houses, where they enjoy more conversation with the upperclassmen and watch the skit we have prepared! The skits are usually spoofs off of a popular movie or TV show that the women in the chapter have altered to make them about their specific sorority. Our skit for Alpha Chi Omega is based off of the movie Grease! I got to play Sandy the last two years… SO much fun!

Day 4: Pref Night

Showing off our crazy heels for pref!

Showing off our crazy heels for pref!

Freshmen only visit two houses on pref night (short for “preference night”). This is the last and most serious day of recruitment. Pref night gives the women of each sorority a chance to tell the freshmen about the value of sisterhood and identify exactly what being involved in their chapters has meant to them. For both the incoming freshmen and the returning upperclassmen, pref night is extremely special and heartfelt. I remember enjoying pref night my freshman year, and it has continued to mean more to me every year.

Day 5: BID DAY!!

Our new member, Julia Carney, being welcomed by her sister and other girls in the house!

Our new member, Julia Carney, being welcomed by her sister and other girls in the house!

Last but certainly not least comes the best day of all: bid day! This is the big day where the new freshmen find out which house they are officially a new member of and come running out of the dome into the arms of their new sisters! The upperclassmen help all the new girls haul their things from their temporary dorm rooms into their new rooms in the sorority house, and then the rest of the day is dedicated to spending time with everyone in the house so we can all get to know each other better. I love having the opportunity to spend time together before classes start the next day and we all get pulled in a million different directions.


I can’t even express how much I have loved being a member of Alpha Chi Omega and what a positive impact it has had on my four years at college. It’s funny; I never, ever thought I would join a sorority (in fact, in high school I swore I would NEVER join one), but that decision was only based off of the negative stereotypes I had heard about sororities. At William Woods, though, none of those stereotypes are accurate. Every single woman (in every single house) is genuine and down-to-earth. If you are an incoming freshman trying to decide whether or not to go through recruitment, I would absolutely encourage you to give it a try. You can drop out of recruitment at any time if you decide it’s not for you, so you really have nothing to lose—but potentially everything to gain. Through my relationship with Alpha Chi Omega and the women in it, I have gained leaderships skills I will be able to apply to my career after I graduate and friendships that will last a lifetime.


Second Semester Already?! Goodness!

It's been so bittersweet, this senior year of mine. I've been trying to make the most of it, balance classes, working, finding internships, do homework, etc. and you can't forget your friends! We definitely need more than 24 hours in a day is what I've concluded.

Last semester I took 15 credit hours (a class is typically 3 credits at WWU) which equals out to five classes - a definite norm on campus. My classes last semester were interpreting III, interpreting in advanced settings I, digital production I, senior capstone (ASL), and communication law and ethics. They were a lot of work, but you can't expect anything different when you enter into your Junior/Senior year and the majority of classes you'll be taking are 300 or 400 level classes. This semester I'm taking 16 credit hours and I'm hopeful I'll end my undergraduate career on a high note. This semester I'm in interpreting in advanced settings II, interpreting IV, digital production II, radio broadcasting, senior seminar (communications), and history of the U.S. II.

Even though it's a lot of work, I'm still having a great time with all of my involvements on campus and being able to squeeze time in with my friends. My busiest days consist of classes, a meeting or two for an organization, UA (that's what we call University Ambassadors), and a S.W.A.T. hour or two (Student Website Advancement Team). We also can't forget LEAD events! You'll definitely be busy here at the Woods, but hopefully it will be a good busy of things that you like. I've noticed now, in my senior year, that it's important to be involved in the things that make you happy as well as something you may be able to use on your resume.

Order of Omega Initiation


Interpreting for Dr. Lori Hart's LEAD presentation on Gender Communication


Spring 2012 Community Advisers!


A quick picture in the foyer after my sisters and I serenaded Chi Omega during their philanthropy week!


My interpreting III classmates, professor, and I.

My interpreting III classmates, professor, and I.

I hope you all had an awesome winter holiday!



Finals a bore? Try fun galore!

Hi friends! Hope you all are doing well and Santa was very generous this Christmas! I’ve had a fabulous time at home, spending time with my friends and family and just relaaaaaxing.

Even though they’re over and done with, I want to take a second to tell you all about finals and the fun things we do during the week. Fun you say? Why, YES!

When someone says the word “finals,” I’m sure the first thing that pops into your mind is dread, followed by stress, all-nighters, and…coffee. But what about balloons, spaghetti or improv performances?

Here at The Woods, finals week is not all about the exams. Sure, those are important, but we also make sure to have a healthy balance of focus and fun. After all, studying for hours on end isn’t exactly the best way to ace a test. There needs to be some relaxation mixed in there, too.

As I mentioned in my last post, being involved on campus not only means attending fun holiday parties at the end of the year, but also finals week activities. President's Twenty, a group of students who work closely with the university president, Dr. Barnett, meets at the end of each semester for Finals Snacks. This is always a time for all of us to get together, eat yummy food and take a breather from studying.

Hangin' out with Dr. Barnett is always a blast!

Student Alumni Council is another campus organization that has end-of-the-semester festivities. This group, which is kind of like Student Council in high school, is responsible for putting together something called Finals Sacks for the entire campus. Toward the end of the semester, each student’s parents are sent a letter asking if they’d like to send their son or daughter a finals care package, chock full of everything from chips and Ramen to pens and highlighters. Plus, each parent can write a little motivational note, which is always nice to read before the week starts. (My mom always writes a rap, which is pretty fun to read to all my friends!) :)

Can you hear us whistling while we work?

During finals week, the LEAD calendar slows down a lot, but there are still a few events here and there. One event that was really fun to watch in the midst of all the high stress was the Served Up Crispy Improv Team performance. They always put on a good show and are never short of some great laughs!

We laughed, we cried..but mostly we laughed A LOT!

One of my favorite things that happens every finals week is Midnight Breakfast. Our dining hall, Tucker, opens up from 11:00-12:30ish and cooks us a delicious breakfast with everything from omelets and pastries to French toast and hash browns. Can you say YUMMMMMMY!! It’s the perfect study break!

There's nothing else I can say except NOM NOM!

My sorority also has fun ways to curb the anxiety of finals. Finals balloons are a great way to release the tension you feel after a final is over. What we do is blow up one balloon per final, write the name of the class on it and hang it on our door frame. After the final has been taken, you POP the balloon and let out a sigh of relief that you’re FINISHED with the class forever! Woo!

POP goes the final!

Spaghetti Dinner is probably my absolute favorite tradition we do, though. Each semester we cook LOTS of spaghetti and garlic bread and eat it with nothing but our hands! We sit out big tablecloths everywhere and can’t use any silverware. It’s super messy, but so much FUN! Sometimes it’s amusing to pretend to be a kid again!

Winner, winner, Spaghetti Dinner!

There are definitely times when finals week gets to be a little crazy, but the fun things we do on campus make it so much more tolerable! I’m so thankful I go to a school where we can get our studies done but have a good time doing it.

I can’t believe I only have one more semester of classes, one more finals week and one more go at all these fun traditions. You know what that means? I’d better make the most of it while I can!

I hope all of your finals went well, but even more, I hope you’re having an amazing holiday break! I’m gonna head back to my designated spot on the couch, but I’ll check back in with you soon! :)

Smiles and sunshine!