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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