This is Lisa, with the second part of my "origin story." So, I began to research schools that would work best for me.
Small Size - I was looking for a small university. I wanted a small student-teacher ratio. With smaller classes, it would be easy to build relationships with my professors. I already knew what it was like to be just a face among a sea of other faces, since I had already graduated from a large public state university.
At William Woods, each student has every opportunity to acquaint themselves with the faculty. Every professor makes him- or herself available to students. Every student has the option of reaching out and establishing a personal rapport with every instructor. This enhances the learning experience tremendously. It is really valuable not competing with dozens of other students who also want individual time with an instructor.
The Right Offerings for Me - I was pursuing my dream of attending art school, but I also needed to temper that dream with the reality of competing in a Web 3.o world. William Woods offers a BFA in both Graphic Design and in Studio Art, AND has quality Business and Management Information Systems (MIS) offerings. I could immerse myself in creative processes in the Kemper Art Center's studio art spaces. I could learn new skills in Kemper's Mac Lab with its state-of-the-art iMacs running Adobe Creative Suite software, like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. And, I could learn the latest in web development, marketing, public relations, and entrepreneurship.
Commute - The quality of my commuting time was also important to me. I wasn't terribly interested in competing in the Daytona 500 every morning and afternoon. The commute on US63 between Jefferson City and Columbia reminds me of NASCAR restrictor plate racing.
Adding Central Missouri weather and transportation projects adds a unique "road course" flavor to the race. In contrast, the Fulton-Jeff City commute is a relaxing transition between my "day job" of being a student, and my other life in JC.
When the time came to select the school for me, the choice was obvious!
The past week has been a roller coaster for me. Advising for spring semester has come around, which means that I have to accept it will be my last semester here at The Woods! Thank gosh for Dr. Cavaiani, a communication professor. Being a senior, I have taken most of the classes I need to graduate, and I was in a little bit of a pickle for what classes I should take in the spring.
I am striving to work in the sports communication field in my future and Dr. Cav was the right person to talk to. He gave me class options that I could take in the spring to help me get where I want to be in life.
One of the classes is Radio Broadcasting. I've had some experience with this, but not enough to include it in the portfolio that I have been building to show employers when I seek a job. William Woods is lucky to have an actual radio station on campus, and most of the shows are produced by students! It streams online as well as broadcasts, so you can listen online if you want!
Julia Wells is also a communications major and taking Radio Broadcasting with me, which lead us to seize an opportunity--we are creating our own sports talk show! I’m so excited!
Julia started at the same time as I did. She is one of my closest friends on campus. Julia was always there to give me rides and help me get in to the American swing of things!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I ended the advising process on a high. After all the stress of deciding what to do for my last semester, I figured it out from the help of my professors and my family!
If you're like me, your room is a place of peace and sanctity. It's the place in which you can retreat and relax. Rejuvenate and create the space that really represents who you are. You've probably spent the last 17 to 20 years of your life creating a space in your home that is an extension of who you are--a pure representation of your personality. Odds are, there are still some childhood effects in existence that some may find embarrassing to take to school with them. Moving to college is your chance to create a new space (along with your roommate) that is authentically who you are right now! Here are some tips to making the best of your new pad!
Lighting: The lights in residence hall rooms can be industrial.
- Bring your own lamp - having a lamp can create a warm, homey feel within your room. Having a little lower key light will allow you to relax and keep the stress level low in your new room.
- Hang Christmas lights (LED only) - You can choose from an wide variety of colors and styles. These colors will cast a certain feel over the room. Find the color you love and give it a try!
- Allow sunlight to flood in during the day - having thick curtains will allow you to sleep in on those weekend mornings. However, waking up in the morning and keeping your energy up throughout the day is much easier when you let the natural energy of the sun flow into your space!
- Posters - I would suggest getting a couple new posters of things/people/places that you love. There are many online resources to get new posters and local stores will carry them for a low price. Hang your posters with sticky tack, NOT push pins or tape (those things will damage the wall and lead to a fine).
- Hang a sheet - hanging a colored sheet on the wall is the college equivalent to a paint job. Like your lighting decision, the color of the walls will represent the feel you want to give the room.
- Use your own art - perhaps you have an art class your freshman year, hang the projects from classes on your walls. It will encourage you to create art that you are proud of.
Entertainment: How do you prefer to entertain - Movies? Music? Games?
- Television - coordinate with your future roomie (your Residential Life office should let your know). Who will bring the television? Will you need a DVD or Blu Ray player? Surround sound? All things to think about.
- Speakers - this one is near and dear to my heart. I love music. Having good sound quality is key to entertaining. People love to listen to music when they hang out. Be careful with the power of the bass and volume though, you don't want you neighbors to get upset when you are pounding their wall with your subwoofers.
- A place to sit - having plenty of comfortable places to sit is crucial to finding comfort in your room. A futon or moon chair is very modern and provides a comfortable place for you and your guests to sit down and relax.
I hope you enjoyed this insightful post. Check out the rest of my bio!
Love, peace, and chicken grease,
Since this is my first post, you may want to check out my bio.
Why is this my first post? Frankly, there wasn't a World Wide Web the last time I was an undergrad!
Because I am in class with students who are the same age as my own daughters, some students assume I am an instructor. But it's not a big deal after I confess my student status--most of the students, faculty, and staff think it's cool that I am attending William Woods as a "non-traditional" student. I am enjoying it a lot!
When I was contemplating what I was going to do "for the rest of my life," I really knew was I wasn't totally happy with my current situation. And the rest of my life was still as daunting as it was when I was graduating from high school.
So I broke it down into smaller decisions, with smaller time horizons. I'm a problem solver, and that's how we do it.
Here are some questions I asked myself:
Q: Can I change careers, to anything, with a quick re-arrangement of my C.V.?
A: Probably not without a great reduction in pay, since moving wasn't an option.
Q: Since I am going to have to get some kind of training, what are my most important needs? The appeal of continuing my status quo was absolute zero. So that ruled out going to classes in the evening while maintaining my full-time job. I didn't want to continue on my current trajectory. So, I wasn't up for pursuing a degree at night or online.
A: I needed to consider a nearby university with great faculty who work directly with students and understand their individual needs.
But wait! What are my options? Just because I want to do something doesn't mean I can--financially speaking. I want to go back to school. Not only that, I want to go to art school (see my bio), but is my "hubby" down with me not contributing to the lifestyle to which we have become accustomed?
Amazingly, he was okay with that, having embraced the philosophy, "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."
Yeah! Now to decide which "art school." I will discuss this in my next post.
Thanks for reading!