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18Feb/150

Courtwarming Games 2015

 

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This years Courtwarming logo designed by the one and only, Alaina Leverenz.

Come one, come all to the Sixth Annual Courtwarming Games at William Woods University! Presented by Student Alumni Council. Every year in anticipation for a final home stand during basketball season, WWU hosts a Courtwarming celebration. All week long we showcase our William Woods spirit by wearing Kelly Green and Burgundy, going to LEAD events, and attending sporting events to cheer our teams to victory! This year's Courtwarming theme is based off of the wildly popular series of novels turned movies, The Hunger Games. Our Courtwarming weeks events started off last night with the LEAD event "No Hunger in Our Games". Students brought non-perishable food items for donation to the local food pantry and watched The Hunger Games. Today, my fellow Student Alumni Council member Matt Underwood and I handed out tee shirts and collected ballots from those voting to elect this year's Courtwarming King and Queen.

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Matt and I collecting ballots and handing out tee shirts to ambitious WWU students.

On Friday, Student Alumni Council will host the Courtwarming Games Pep Rally! A night of games, fun, great prizes and school spirit! Students will support our basketball teams as they prepare for the Courtwarming Game on Saturday, February 21st. All of this support, action, and opportunity is another reason that being an Owl is the only way to be! Finally, may the odds be ever in your favor!

Peace and blessings, friends!

Dakota

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4Feb/150

Fortune Favors the Bold

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When was the last time you went up to someone you admired and told them that you are happy to have them in your life? I'm not talking about that girl who you are secretly in love with from your business class, or the guy with all the snide remarks in your language class. What I'm talking about is approaching someone that you have a relationship with, friendly or otherwise, and telling them exactly what it is that you like about them and that you are fortunate to have them in your life.

See, we live in a society where telling someone that you like the photo they put up on their Facebook last night earns you "creeper status," being nice to someone of the opposite sex makes you "flirty," and it's way easier to hide behind your phone as opposed to actually walking up and interacting with someone.

I am asking you to go out and be different. In a good way. Get your face out of that smart phone of yours, and smile at the person walking past you. Talk to your professors in class. Make a new friend, or ask that special someone out on a date! Be bold! I don't want you to live another second wishing you had the courage to do something that you want to do in this life because sometimes you only get one chance.

My entrepreneurship professor here at William Woods, David Forster, taught me something my freshman year. He said, "The three most pointless emotions are guilt, worry, and fear of failure." Fear of failure is the one I would like to focus on. Let me put this into perspective for you - lets say that you walk up to someone and ask them to grab coffee with you sometime, the worst thing that could possibly happen is that they say no. In that situation, you have lost absolutely nothing, you're still in the same shoes you had on before you asked, and the only thing that has changed is that you did what you've always wanted to do. You may get shot down, but you were brave! That's what really matters.

Allow me to proclaim my everlasting distaste for all that is pessimistic. You don't have time for negativity. While the rest of the world tries to bring you down, you'll be soaring through life accomplishing all of your wildest dreams. All because you took that first step, that one small leap of faith that let you know that you could accomplish all of your wildest dreams and goals. Anything is possible for you!

Life is full of beautiful moments. Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day. Always remember: things always happen for a reason, it's your job to find out what that reason is.

Peace and blessings, friends.

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28Jan/150

A Rare January Day

Missouri weather strikes again! From time to time Mother Nature likes to toss a curve ball to those of us who least expect it. Well, on this day, that curve ball came in the form of a sunny, 60 degree day in the middle of "winter". In the dull winter, a day like today brings forth an positive, optimistic disposition among the William Woods community. Everyone is relaxed, happy, and smiling. This level of happiness is not a rarity here at WWU, however, when you're given a day like today you can't help but appreciate the smiles, compliments, and unspoken level of happiness that lives within the community. I wanted to take some time out of my day to say that I hope you are all having a great day that will turn into a great week, then a great month, all the way up to a great year. Share your satisfaction and cheer with those around you. Remember, life always contains a silver lining, your responsibility is to find it.

-Dakota

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A sample of William Woods' beauty from last fall when the trees began to change and the weather was gorgeous!

 

21Jan/150

Keep On Keeping On

Today has been a full day of activities, classes, and practice, and it's not over yet! I woke up this morning to my cell phone playing the song "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran at 7 am, letting me know that it was time for the day to begin! I rolled out of bed fully aware of the days obligations consisting of class at 8 am, 9 am, noon, and 1 pm, my University Ambassador responsibilities at 2 pm, and then practice from 3 pm to 6 pm. It is on days like this that we find ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of commitments we must follow through with. Dealing with stress is an important part of learning to function in the adult world. Here are some tips and tricks that I find useful on those days when I feel overwhelmed.

1. Take things one step at a time! - when you have a lot to accomplish, you must focus on one task at a time and do your best at that very moment. It is easy to let your focus slip onto panicking about how much you have to do. Instead, focus on what you are currently getting done.

2. Focus on the here and now. - if you have many responsibilities to take care of, they can distract you from the here and now. Stay focused and use those thoughts and energy for later projects to keep your motivation up and your motor running.

3. Feel fortunate to have so many opportunities! - it's easy to get down and have a negative attitude about everything that you have to do. You have the opportunity to become better in many different aspects of life! Be the positive light shining down on the situation. Attitude is everything. Keep a smile on your face. It will stimulate creativity and affect those around you in a positive way.

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4. Plan some down time. - we are only able to stay focused and on task for so long. It is okay, even healthy, to schedule 20 minutes of down time to grab some coffee from the Owl's Nest and relax for a few minutes! Allowing yourself to decompress for a bit can help spur you on to a victorious day!