Student Blog The blog of William Woods University Undergraduate Students

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

30Nov/150

My 5 Favorite Study Spots

Hello again!

Last time, I talked about what to do while breaking from studying. In college, like in most high schools, finals are a fact of life.

Now, with finals just around the corner, it's time to stop breaking and start studying! If you're like me, your study spot can make or break your studying. A spot that's too quiet, too noisy, too bright, too dim, etc. might make your experience delightful or miserable. Below, I've listed some of my favorite study spots at William Woods and around Fulton.

The brand new Brick District Playhouse has lots of coffee and food options.

The brand new Brick District Playhouse has lots of coffee and food options.

  • Brick District Playhouse/Playhouse Bistro
    A newer addition to Fulton, this quaint coffee shop is a delightful choice for studying. Again, there's coffee available, but it also has a bright atmosphere and lots of tables for studying. And, when you get hungry, you can grab lunch.
  • Library Lower Level
    I love studying in the basement in the library. There are chalkboards for reviewing material, beanbag chairs to kick back in, desks, books, study rooms, and library resources are at your fingertips. During finals week, the library is open until 2 a.m., which leaves lots of time for cramming!
  • McNutt Campus Center
    This one is not for everyone because it's definitely louder, but I love studying in McNutt because I don't feel so isolated. There are computers and desks upstairs and couches and chairs downstairs, so you can pick the best spot for the work you're doing. Plus, you're right next to the Owl's Nest, so coffee is at your immediate disposal!
  • Barnes & Noble
    You have to drive to Columbia or Jefferson City to study at Barnes & Noble, so it's not always the most available spot. But, there's coffee! And, I personally love B&N because there's books everywhere and it has a scholarly, peaceful atmosphere.
One of the study rooms in Cutlip Hall, with a conference style table and whiteboard.

One of the study rooms in Cutlip Hall, with a conference style table and whiteboard.

  • Residence Hall Common Areas
    Many of the dorms have study areas with whiteboards that are perfect for reviewing material. I live in R. B. Cutlip Residence Hall, which has two, small, conference-style rooms with boards that are ideal for studying material or completing projects with groups. Sometimes, these areas get busy, but other times they are very quiet, so you can tailor your experience depending on the time and day.

Besides the spots I've listed, there are all sorts of study areas around William Woods. Many buildings have tables and chairs or designated study areas. Or, if the weather is nice, you can sit by the Junior Lake dock or outside McNutt.

It's the busiest time of the year for studying, so where do you plan to camp out this finals time?

~Alexis

2Nov/150

Halloween at The Woods!

Some people prefer a spooky costume while some others prefer funny. Here in the social work department, we prefer caffeine filled. Its not every day that you get to see your professors dressed up, but Friday was one of those days!

Dressing Up for Fun - Everyone from the Admissions office to the Department of Student Life dressed up and celebrated the holiday by handing out candy and enjoying the day with students. The day has turned into one of the days I look forward to during the school year, just because everyone has such a great time and relaxes together, something I never would have guessed happened during my time in college. Halloween at a small university like William Woods is a great time!

1960s hair styles and all!

1960s hair styles and all!

Making it Semi-Academic - Every office showed their individuality across campus and hosted games and trivia for students. For social work students, we got to experience a real intervention for Dr. Wilson's caffeine addiction. Armed with the DSM-V, Prof. Garner described the symptoms of caffeine addiction, and helped Dr. Wilson with her coffee obsession. Its always great that we can include our lessons from class in hands-on activities, even if they are fun!

Professors George Garner and Elizabeth Wilson dress up for Halloween

You know its time for an intervention when someone starts dressing like their favorite drink!

Even with as much hard work as we put into our daily assignments, its great that we get these fun activities to help strengthen our skills and help us relax! Just more proof that social work at a small school is great!

-Ryan