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Love is in the Air!

Hello, again!  I'm finally winding down from a terrifically romantic Valentine's day and refreshing weekend with friends!  I hope your Valentine's day was exciting and full of warm fuzzy feelings.  I'm still on a bit of a sugar rush from all the chocolate and candy I took in this week, but I want to keep in the heartwarming spirit by sharing the things I just LOVE about William Woods University!

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These girls inspire me every single day. I'm so fortunate to have friends that want me to be the best version of myself and push me to get there everyday. Thank you, sisters!


First, I'd like to highlight my extreme love for the Greek life on campus!  I love my Chi Omega sisters!  I feel like I have such a great bond with the women I live with, and I can't imagine my life without them.  As a community, I know my fellow Greek men and women feel the same way about their sorority or fraternity!  There is so much support that the Chi Omega chapter offers me, and I know I can always be myself when I'm around them.  Nothing quite compares to the friends that become sisters, and the house that becomes a home!

I love our free laundry, and I bet my momma does, too!


It was so much fun being on the Courtwarming court. Thanks to my Woods friends for their support!

I really loved Courtwarming week!  Courtwarming is our version of homecoming, but during a basketball game.  We have fun events all week and end the week by crowning a king and queen at the basketball games.  Check it out; it's yours truly wearing that crown!  It was such an honor to be this year's queen, and I didn't mind standing next to Nate Bitner when he won either! 🙂


I love that I can enjoy outdoor activities at the Woods.  During the spring, it's always fun to go kayaking or play sand volleyball with friends.  Sometimes, we even have small bonfires by the lake!


Next, I want to share my maaaad love for my basketball teammates!  I've been so fortunate to be part of this team, and we have so much fun together!  Just take this weekend's game against Missouri Baptist for example:  we were singing and dancing in the locker room before we went out on the court, and I can't imagine pregame any other way!  I also really love the support we get from the coaching staff and athletic training staff.  I can always talk to my coaches for just about anything, like letters of reference or where to get my car fixed in Fulton!  As for the athletic trainers, where do I even begin?!  They keep my body healthy and pain-free, which I'm forever grateful for.

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Don't let us fool you! When we took this picture, we couldn't hold these serious faces for long. After about 3 seconds of intimidating faces, we lost it and couldn't stop laughing!

I love that I can rent movies from the library instead of going to the RedBox.  It's just so convenient!

I love that I can stop by the Owl's Nest for a quick Starbuck's break.

Is it weird that I love that we have Mountain Dew in Tucker Dining Hall?  I have a serious love for Mountain Dew...

I especially love the amount of squirrels on campus.  They are so cute!

If you know didn't already know, I love my on campus jobs!  It's so convenient that I can earn a paycheck doing things that I like, and not having to drive offsite.  As a Community Advisor, my workplace is actually my residence hall (and more specifically, my room!).  I get the opportunity to work in my sorority house and help build a community among all my friends.  Also, with it being a small campus, I get to know my supervisors really well and I can always rely on them for help, guidance, and most importantly, a good laugh.  This is true for all on campus jobs, too!  It's great to work with your classmates!

Lastly, I want to just say that I love the experience I've found here at the Woods.  I have learned so much inside and outside of the classroom that I don't know if I would've learned anywhere else.  I love the relationships I've built with professors and staff members, as well as my classmates and friends.  I've said it before and I'll say it again:  there's nowhere else I'd rather be!

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed my post.  Leave a comment below about what YOU love about WWU!


A Day in the Life of a Basketball Player

Hello, friends!  It's been a snowy week here at the Woods.  I hope you enjoyed your snow days (if any) as much as the students on campus did!  I've seen snowball fights, snow angels, and snow drifts and we can't wait to see the sun again!

Today, I would like to share with you more of what it's like to be an athlete at William Woods University.  As you know, I'm on the women's basketball team here at the Woods.  I'm here to give you the inside scoop of what it is like to play on Coach Chapla's team and specifically what game day is like!

Game Days are probably the most exciting days as an athlete.  We scout teams and practice the game plan all week until we finally get the chance to show 'em what we're made of!  On our team, we begin the day with a shoot-around practice.  At shoot-around, we do a couple warm up shooting drills to get our muscles awake and moving, shoot free throws, and go over what we might see the opposing team might do that day.  When we reach the end of our short shoot-around, we play the best game ever -- TEN, FIVE, ONE!  In ten, five, one, we split into two teams and each team has to make 10 free throws, 5 three point shots, and 1 half court shot.  The half court shot wins the game, and EVERYONE wants to make it!  We get so competitive, and it's always really exciting when our teammates make their first one!

After shoot-around, we all make our way across campus to Tucker dining hall and eat lunch together.  This is especially fun.  We usually stuff our faces and make jokes until it's time to go.  In most cases, we push tables together or make one big basketball player blog with tables to make sure everyone is included.  After eating, we have a little free time before it's time to get ready at the gym.

About an hour before the game, we pull on our jerseys and shoes and get pumped for the game.  My teammates and I usually joke around and get each other excited for the 40 minute game that lies ahead.  We have a warm up routine that we do every single game that involves a lot of shooting, laughing, and talking.  People that watch us warm up probably think we are crazy because we are singing, dancing and shouting to each other for a good hour before the game starts.  Personally, I have such a great time in warm ups when we can laugh and play around, and we focus on having fun!

Thirty minutes before the game starts, Coach Chapla gives us our pregame talk, usually reminding us of the game plan and what we need to focus on to win the game. At seven minutes to go, we come back in the locker room for the starting line up and their match ups.  That's the most exciting part!  We all get psyched about playing our opponent and having all our hard work pay off!  Then we take the court for the game!  After the National Anthem, the starters are announced and then it's tip-off!  Whatever happens after that is up to us!

After games, Coach gives us a talk about what we did well and what we can do better.  Then we gather up our gear and EAT MORE FOOD!  I know it sounds ridiculous, but we always look forward to the post game meal!  I also visit with my parents if they come to a game, or my friends afterwards as well.  We typically get a huge crowd of our classmates and friends because it's always great to catch a game and snag a LEAD point!

Game Days are great.  Being an athlete is a challenge and a commitment for sure, but with the relationships I've formed and the lessons I've learned make it all worth it.  I've said it a million times in these posts, but there is nowhere else I'd rather be.  Shoutout to my teammates for being the best family away from home, and shoutout to any future owls out there!  Let me just encourage you to chase your dreams and play the sport you love at the Woods.   There's so much to gain when you put in the time.  Thanks for reading!


5… 4… 3… 2… Second Semester!

Hello, friends!  It’s been a long winter break but it is so exciting to have all the students and faculty back on campus.  I’ve missed all of my classmates, Chi Omega sisters, and professors!
                Although I’ve spent a lot of time this winter on campus for basketball, there’s so much that’s been happening that I cannot wait to share.  Today I can get you caught up with my crazy experiences over the last few weeks.
                When basketball starts in September, it doesn’t slow down until late March.  Playing a sport in college is a major commitment, but the time you spend with your teammates that become family makes it all worth it (and it never hurts to play the game you love, either!).  The team had a short break to go home and spend time with our families for Christmas, so I ventured back home to Archie!  After being in college for a while, it’s fun to go home and take it easy with your loved ones.  We celebrated Christmas at my aunt’s home this year, and if your family is anything like mine then you know how difficult and strenuous it is to get everyone together for a family photo!  Fortunately, my family played along and we took a few pictures together.  There was laughter… there were tears…  These pictures should speak for themselves, actually!  The first is my family.  From the left is yours truly, next to my parents, Cary and Tammara, followed by my sister Kelsey and her husband Jordan.  The next picture was when the tears came into play.  See the cutie with the panda bear hat?  That's Abigail, and she insisted we take a photo of all the girls.  Can you spot the tears?!  Probably my favorite photo of all    family 2
                After Christmas, my team returned to the Woods to continue to practice and get better this season.  Like I said before, these people have become my family and being together over break made us that much closer.  A typical day would include practice, lunch together, long naps, movie marathons, and dinner.  Most of the time, we would be surrounded by our teammates and having a blast doing whatever it is that sounded like fun.
                Every year, our coach Dan Chapla invites us to his home for a meal made by his wife, Gara.  This is one of my favorite times of the year because coach Chapla has two of the coolest kids, and Gara makes really, REALLY delicious food.  If there is any question on who is the most spoiled team at WWU, it is definitely the women's basketball team.  Although we are pretty pampered, we are really thankful to be invited into the Chapla’s home, and we always have a wonderful time!  For whatever reason, we like to make coach's dinners have a dress code or a theme.  The last two Christmases, we've dubbed it a pajama party and the following picture was the result!  Modeling the footie pajamas next to me are my teammates Julia, Paige, and Destani, and we are joined by the one and only, Luke Chapla.  pjs
                Between games, practices and hanging out, break went by so quickly.  Before we knew it, students were returning to campus and moving back into the residence halls!  When my Chi Omega sisters started to arrive, I was all smiles.  It’s great to see your friends from all over the place come back to their home away from home.  I’m really looking forward to all the events and activities we have planned for this year!  With the new year came new leadership in our sorority, as well.  Just this week, the new Executive Board in our Chi Omega chapter was installed.  I am fortunate enough to be chosen for a position again this year, and I’ll be watching over scholarship and the academic success in the house as Vice President!  I’m so happy to serve with the other members of our executive board, too.  We have such a great group of women to lead us, and I will be here to share it all with YOU!
                Second semester is going to be busy, but it’s already so much fun!  I’ll keep you posted on the activities and events I’m attending so you can see into my life as a student at the place I love most, William Woods University!  Thanks for reading 🙂

Hello, again!

Hey, friends!  We're down to the very last day of classes before finals.  Looking back, I'm curious where all my time has gone!  It's been a great first semester for my junior year, and I'm so excited for what's coming next.  With all the visiting students, it's been difficult to sit down and share with you all on my blog. I am so happy to show students the place I love most, so cramming all the activities of the last few weeks into one post isn't bad at all.


Last month in my sorority, we had our philanthropy week.   Philanthropy weeks consist of activities and competitions to raise money and awareness about our cause.  In Chi Omega's case, we support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we call our week, "Wish Week!"  It was so much fun!  We started the week on November 11th, at 11:11.  What better time for a week about wishes?  The surrounding sororities and fraternities came to our events to celebrate Make-A-Wish, and when you get the Greek community together it is always a good time.  The participants played in a dodgeball tournament, hung up banners for Chi Omega and Make-A-Wish, and sang songs to us about our house and our cause.  We even had a day for penny wars where pennies are worth positive points, and silver coins and bills are worth negative points.  It's a game of strategy for the competiting houses, but the friendly competition helped us raise over $1,000!


Here's a picture collage by Hayley Bowler of Sam!  Keep fighting, little guy!

Here's a picture collage by Hayley Bowler of Sam! Keep fighting, little guy!

The whole week, we were inspired by a wonderful little guy named Sam, or as we all know him, Superman Sam!  Sam is 5 years old and is currently battling a rare cancer.  He was recently given the opportunity to have his wish granted, and we were so inspired by his story!  We couldn't wait to meet him and thankfully, we got the opportunity at our last event, the Wish Walk!  The Wish Walk is a 5K that we host here in Fulton.  After hearing about Superman Sam and about our cause, the community and campus stepped up to participate.  It was awesome to see everyone in their Wish Walk shirts smiling and having fun in support of Sam!  At the close of the week, we raised a total of $5,000 for Make-A-Wish!  It felt so great to know that we could benefit a child just like Superman Sam!Wish Walk





After a great Wish Week, we got closer to Thanksgiving break.  It's always nice to go home to your family and visit friends!  I really enjoyed all the family time and especially the food (Hey mom, if you're reading this -- you're the bomb!).  I always miss WWU when I am home, so thankfully I had basketball practice on Friday night and was able to come back to campus with my teammates!

Now, we are up to the last week of class.  Again, where has my time gone?? It has been such a fast, thrilling, sometimes crazy but completely wonderful fall here at the Woods.  If you haven't had the opportunity to join us this semester, I hope to see you soon!  With Christmas break approaching, this will be my last post until next semester!  Happy Holidays and safe travels to all of you!  To my William Woods family, I'll miss you dearly until we return. Good luck on finals to students of any age, and thanks again for reading!


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