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18Mar/164

5 Benefits to Becoming a College Equestrian

Hi again 🙂

I hope you're enjoying, or enjoyed, your spring break. As many students are making their final college decisions, I thought I would share my thoughts on the benefits of the college-equestrian-life. William Woods' Equestrian Science program brings many students to campus who are interested in pursuing an equine education. There are many adjustments to make when transitioning to a college equestrian atmosphere, versus a riding or lesson program at home, but below I have listed out the great advantages.

Learning anatomy by painting a horse.

Learning anatomy by painting a horse.

  1. Lots of People to Learn From

Some students may come from large barns, but the vast majority of people probably don't experience an equestrian environment as rich and diverse as William Woods'. There are so many students and faculty with a variety of experiences to learn from. If you want to know about something horse-related at William Woods, there's someone or some resource that can help you on campus.

  1. Lots of Horses to Learn From

Just as there are many people to learn from, there are a variety of horses, too. In a lesson program, a student might ride a few horses, but at William Woods there are over 150 to experience! They come from so many backgrounds and teach the students how to handle to many situations.

  1. Multiple Disciplines

Most students come from barns that only featured one discipline, but at William Woods you can experience one of four seats! While many people have a seat in mind when they start riding, it's not uncommon for a student to find a new seat they enjoy. The environment at William Woods allows students to do a lot of exploration and experimentation.

  1. Classroom Instruction
My roommate, Catie, hugs Magic the barn cat.

When you're not learning, you can cuddle with one of the three barn cats.

Many lesson programs are solely focused on riding, but here at WWU students not only learn while riding but in the classroom, too. There is so much to learn about handling and healing horses, and much of that instruction starts in the classroom.

  1. Care, Care, and More Care

Before I started school at William Woods, I had never administered any medication, wrapped a leg, or taken a horse's vitals. Now I have done it all dozens of times. It's the hands-on atmosphere that taught me all of these skills, which I had never learned by taking lessons.

There's a lot to learn as an equestrian, and William Woods can teach you anything.

~Alexis

16Mar/162

The Alternative Spring Break

Hi again!

Spring Break is just a few days away, and by the time you're reading this, I am probably making the journey all the way to Nepal. This year for Spring Break, my roommate and I are traveling to Kathmandu to volunteer in an orthopedic hospital. I'm so excited, but I am also very nervous.

Break a Difference Logo

Break A Difference coordinates local alternative spring break trips.

In the past, I've done more typical spring break trips. My first year I took a cruise and last year we traveled to D.C. and Chincoteague. This year I felt compelled to partake in something more service-oriented, which led me to the concept of the alternative spring break. The idea is to spend spring break giving back rather than indulging. Often time, in the midst of volunteering, there are also opportunities to travel and have fun, too.

The logo of A Broader View, the agency through which I am volunteering.

I am volunteering through the organization A Broader View this year.

Alternative spring break trips exist in many forms. There are some very inexpensive trips that take place locally in the U.S. There are also international trips both close to home and far away: from Mexico to India to Nigeria. Whatever the location, a spring break spent volunteering is not only a fun experience but also a fantastic addition to a resume or applications to jobs, graduate schools and more.

Have you considered an alternative spring break?

Best!

~Alexis

 

26Feb/161

6 Semesters In, I Still Love “The Woods”

Hello again 🙂

My human friend and my equine friends enjoying an outdoor ride.

Spending time with my human and equine friends.

This spring is my sixth semester at William Woods, and my first semester as a University Ambassador (UA).

What's a University Ambassador? As a UA, I get the opportunity to interact with prospective students by eating lunch with current students, giving barn and campus tours, and working in the admissions office. I have really enjoyed this new opportunity, and it has reminded me of my days exploring colleges and ultimately deciding on William Woods--the stage in the process many of you are in.

My interaction with prospective students has also reminded me of how special my time at William Woods University really is. Sometimes as a student, I take my life at school for granted. It's easy to get bogged down by school work and responsibilities. I am less enamored with my college life in the moments of stress and anxiety that accompany tests, resumes, jobs, friendships, riding, and more.

Barn Tours Jogged My Memory. But last week, I was giving barn tours. And I was meeting many prospective equestrian science students, and I was again reminded of why I chose William Woods. As they asked about riding classes and the horses and life as a student, I was so happy to brag about all that WWU has to offer. Their excitement and curiosity was so refreshing. I remembered what it was like to be exploring and beginning college: the excitement, the awe, the novelty. I loved every minute of it.

I hug a black bear.

Like seriously- I got to hug a bear. College let me hug a bear and it was great.

And I still love it. When I start to feel stressed or the novelty of school begins to wear off, I think of the excitement of those students. And I remember all that is so special about William Woods and my life as a student. I have so many professors ready to support me. I have friends that encourage me. I get to live on a beautiful campus with a friendly and safe atmosphere. And perhaps my favorite part is that at any moment I can wander over to the barn and chill with 150 of my favorite equines. Yes, this is college and it is the best.

Whether you're a past, present, or future college student--take a moment and think about life as a student. It is the best, and I am so glad I chose to spend my time at William Woods.

~Alexis

9Feb/160

5 Fun Ideas for Friday Night Fun in Fulton

Back in November, Myriam suggested 10 ways to have fun in Fulton on the weekends. I’m adding on to this by suggesting five more ways to enjoy Fulton, MO. Whether you’re staying in or going out, there are plenty of fun (and cheap!) ways to spend Friday nights in Fulton. Below are my ideas for how to have a fun-filled Friday evening.

B&B Theaters in Fulton, MO.

B&B Theaters in Fulton, MO.

  1. Go to the Movies

The movie theater is just five minutes from campus! I love going because it’s never too busy, and often times my friends and I end up with our own theater. You always get great seats and lots of yummy popcorn.

  1. Go Bowling

Just next to the movie theater is the bowling alley. Sometimes Campus Activities Board hosts a night of bowling, which is great because lots of students pack the building. Even though I'm terrible at bowling, it's always fun to play with friends and see who breaks 100.

  1. Play Pool in McNutt

There’s plenty of fun to be had on campus, too. McNutt has a pool table and a big screen TV. So, you can play a game or watch a movie. Plus, the Owl’s Nest is open till 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, so you can still grab a coffee or a snack.

Egg and potato baskets were one of our many culinary creations.

Egg and potato baskets were one of our many culinary creations.

  1. Plan A Night in Your Dorm

If you want to really stay in, you can gather friends and hang in a dorm room. During my freshman year, we had tons of friends play a very intense game of Heads Up, where you give clues to a person holding a phone on their forehead displaying a noun. Other ideas include board games, movies, or honing your culinary skills. Cooking/baking may be limited to a microwave in some halls, but in Cutlip we have a full kitchen.

  1. Go to a LEAD Event

Finally, there are often LEAD events held on the weekends, too. These range from plays to improv shows to lectures and more. This past Friday, my friends and I attended a lecture by saddle seat instructor and trainer Smith Lilly.

Hope you have an awesome Friday night!

~Alexis