I am so very excited for the month of October. The leaves will turn beautiful fall colors, everything will be pumpkin and the Volume 4: Issue 1 of the campus magazine, the Hoot, will finally be coming out.
This year I am the Editor-In-Chief of the campus magazine and I could not be more thrilled. We have a lot of great stories planned for the first issue: everything from Shryock’s Corn Maze to Emotional Support Animals to Helen Stephens. I wrote three articles for: Who is Helen Stephens?, This is Cake Town, and Sidewalks.
I was worried about the first issue of the Hoot because we have two new faculty advisors and a largely new staff. However, I had faith in my leadership skills to make this the best magazine yet. After a lot of meeting, planning and thinking I am so happy to say that the new and improved edition will be out this next month!
Our new advisors are professor Bob Elliot and Dr. Steve Huenneke. They have been extremely supportive and knowledgeable on all topics. Though Bob Elliot is a graphic arts professor and Steve Huenneke is an economic professor they both received an undergraduate degree in journalism. They have been able to help with all aspects of magazine from layout, photography, content and business/sales. They teach me something new every time that I speak with them, I feel that I am very lucky to have them as mentors.
I feel extremely confident in my staff and I. I hope that the campus enjoys the new changes that have been made to make the magazine more of a student voice. I also hope that the staff has gotten as much of a learning experience out of the magazine that I have had.
My most favorite new thing about the magazine is that it has a new logo, that I created.
It makes me feel extremely proud to have a polished and professional publication to put on my resume. The Hoot and many of the clubs that I am involved with are definitely the reason that I was able to have an amazing internship at Inside Columbia Magazine this summer.
The managing editor and I think that it is a good idea to change the background color of the logo each issue, what do you think?
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)!