Student Blog The blog of William Woods University Undergraduate Students

26Feb/152

Taking Care of Me

Remember that busy week I was telling you about? With CourtWarming and Lyrefest... plus classes, SWAT and University Ambassador duties I put my health on the back-burner and didn't dress for the weather. Unfortunately it caught up with me.

Come Sunday I was not feeling the best, so first thing Monday morning I called the William Woods nurse to make an appointment. I was able to get right in the nurse's office and get checked out. I then found out some bummer news, I have influenza!

The nurse was more than helpful with getting me on track to healthy again. She provided me with proper medicine dosages, a face mask to prevent spreading germs, nurse's note to excuse me from class and thermometer to check my temperature.

After my trip to the nurse I went back to my room to start up a medicine regimen and get some sleep. I am not usually one to sleep during the day so that was a sure sign that my body was in need.

I am so lucky to be on a campus where medical care was readily available and helpful to me. I also love how supportive my professors were, all of them telling me to rest up and get better. They were very understanding and helpful with the assignments that I missed this week as well.

Getting meals from Tucker Dining Hall while sick was something I was worried about, but my worries were quickly put to ease. I emailed Jim Utterback from Fresh Ideas and found out that I was able to send a green to-go box and my student ID card to Tucker with a friend and get my meals that way. This was such a relief and I greatly appreciate my friends bringing me meals, and Tucker allowing them to do so.

My friends have also been great at bringing me PowerAde and sending Snap Chats and texts checking in on me.

I never enjoy being sick, especially away from home, but having amazing friends, faculty and staff here at WWU has really made my road to recovery so much easier!

I'm sure that I will be feeling 100% next time you hear from me!

-Alaina

14Feb/140

There’s No Place Like Home

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.

Communications and Theatre professor, Melissa Alpers-Springer, with student Darian Lightfoot.

Communications and Theatre professor, Melissa Alpers-Springer, with student Darian Lightfoot.

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.

Theatre professor Joe Potter jumps right in with some theatre students in a goofy picture outside!

Theatre professor Joe Potter jumps right in with some theatre students in a goofy picture outside!

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!

Senior Dakota Linsenbardt with one of his teachers and mentors, Dr. Linda Davis.

Senior Dakota Linsenbardt with one of his teachers and mentors, Dr. Linda Davis.

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)!