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
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
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
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
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!!
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.
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.
I hope you all had an awesome winter holiday!
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.
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!) 🙂
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Hi there and hello! The Christmas season is upon us and is definitely in full force here at The Woods! Everyone is super excited for Santa to come visit, so we students are busy doing lots of fun activities to get in the Christmas spirit!
One of the great pluses about being involved in different organizations on campus is attending all the great holiday parties at the end of the year! Phonathon is one of my campus jobs where I get to work with about twenty other fabulous people and call alumni and chat with them about their experience at WWU.
This year, as always, we had a Christmas party at our boss Sharon’s house, complete with yummy spaghetti prepared by her husband, delicious cookie treats and, of course, a White Elephant gift exchange!
The whole point of White Elephant is to bring something you either already have or that is on the silly side. This year’s gifts were especially interesting, with people bringing everything from embroidered toilet paper to a gingerbread house kit.
The LEAD program is also a great place to find some Christmas joy. One of the groups I’m involved with, Student Alumni Council, sponsored a LEAD event where students could come make Christmas cards for residents in a local nursing home. We collected over 100 cards and even made it on our school’s news website, The Talon!
After all the cards had been made, members of Student Alumni Council went to the nursing home and delivered the cards to the residents. It was so much fun to see them smile! And the best part of it all? We sang Christmas carols with them afterwards! How fun is that? 🙂
The First Impressions Show Choir held their annual Holiday Concert not only for us students, but also for members of the Fulton community. It was very well done and even included performers from a local dance company!
No matter what else is happening on campus, I know I can always count on my sorority sisters for some Christmas entertainment. Every year we decorate our house and have a Secret Santa party before everyone leaves for break. It’s so much fun to play Santa for each other and see what kinds of gifts everyone receives.
Something exciting that happened this year was a visit from Santa himself! One of my American Sign Language lab tutors, Brad, dressed up as ‘ol Kris Kringle, came over to our house during one of our chapter events and took silly pictures with everyone. It was so much fun to pretend to be a kid again! 🙂
Now that the semester is winding down, I’m definitely excited to go home and spend the rest of the holiday season with my family, but I can’t say I won’t miss my crazy peeps here at The Woods! No matter if I’m at a Christmas party, a holiday-inspired LEAD event or just hanging at the house with my sorority sisters, I know I’ll never be bored!
Finals are coming up very quickly, so I’d better get to studying for all my tests! Eek! (Wish me luck!) I hope your final weeks of classes aren’t too crazy and you rock your finals! You can do it, I know it!
As always, smiles and sunshine! 🙂