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10Mar/165

How to be “Cool” in College

Greetings, friends!

It's been a while since I last came to you. The year 2016 has been a fast paced, productive, and thus far rewarding year. The Owls' baseball season is in full swing as well as the other spring sports and the seniors (including me) count down the days until we enter the workforce and pursue the dreams that we've worked all these years to attain.

I was doing some thinking today on what makes people "cool" in college, and I had a few thoughts that I believe to be of interest to those entering college, beginning their journey, or really any life transition.

In college, you'll find yourself in a lot of social environments. Among those environments exist the leaders and supposed "cool kids" who are admired within that realm. All of these people will attempt to set the standard for "coolness."

Snoopy and Woodstock hanging out by the wall

You are as cool is Snoopy and Woodstock, believe me.

You are as cool as it gets.

At times, you may feel insignificant because you might not know much about the topic of conversation. My message is simple: You are as cool as it gets. There are things that you know a lot about and interests that you share with a lot of people. I beg of you, please never let yourself feel insignificant or as if you have to conform to someone else's standard of "cool."

Being authentic is the coolest thing you can do. 

Already feeling better? Me too. Being confident in who you are is a dying art among our generation. I challenge you to lead the charge. Be authentic, express yourself, and share your interests. You never know who you might inspire.

As always,

Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease.

-Dakota

12Nov/150

“Should I dump my High School Sweetheart before college?”

Hello all, welcome back to my blog!

To begin this post, I must warn you that I am writing as an advocate for love who has been through the freshman year of college transition with my high school sweetheart in tow. I learned a lot from my experience that I would like to pass on. Hopefully it will help you out with a decision or two that you might be making here in the near(ish) future.

First things first: This is not a decision that I can make for you at the end of this article. Every situation is a little different, and you'll have to exercise some independent thought to make the choice that is best for you.

road sign reading "change is just ahead"

Change is Just Ahead

Change

You know that comfort zone that you have achieved with your sweetheart in just about any situation high school could offer? Prepare for all of that to change when you go to college. You will both enter situations that are foreign to you with new people, new rooms, perhaps an unknown roomie, new schedules, and new lives. This will eventually change you. You may not notice it, but the person you are dating most certainly will notice the shift in your personality. You will both grow at different rates and adapt to the culture that is surrounding you. Be prepared.

"I'm jealous of people who get to see you every day."

The truth about long distance relationships.

Distance

I have always heard that distance (or absence) makes the heart grow fonder. In some cases this may be true. I have seen it go both ways. One week you'll be Facetiming daily, feeling a close bond, then the next week homework sets in and neither of you really have the time or energy to sit down and dedicate a few minutes to one another. It's sad but true. It may come to a point where going out with your new friends on the weekends will overcome that urge you once had to drive a couple hours to spend an evening with your loved one.

Family Guy character Peter Griffin about to push a button labeled "Do not push button" because he is tempted to do so.

Peter Griffin is tempted too.

Temptation

I hate to say this because it's quite a terrible creature, but there is going to be some temptation. This temptation may come in the form of the opposite or same sex, it may come from the dining hall, it may come from the activities you choose to indulge in. Whatever the situation may be, you will be tempted to steer your life in one or two different directions in some areas of your life.

Final thoughts...

College has a strange way of rearranging your priorities. If you really want to know, people sort of come and go. Life has a way of bringing people in to travel the path of life with you, but your never know how long they'll walk along side of you. One minute you might know they are the one for you, then the next you're not so sure. There are some paths that may be better traveled in singularity. Often I've seen the high school sweetheart as more of a safety blanket for the incoming college student. Having confidence and being comfortable must come from within yourself.

Love, peace, and chicken grease.

-Dakota

29Oct/150

Guide to Prosperity: Life Transition Edition

Hello again from William Woods! If you're new to my blog, please check out my bio.

It's been a while since I was last able to shout out to all of the past, present and future Owls of William Woods. I hope all is well in your neck of The Woods!

Much has happened since I last communicated with you all.

I am now into my senior most year of college.--the last step before I go into the welcoming arms of the "real world".  It's kind of scary, to be honest. The real world is not nearly as fearsome and intimidating as most would have you believe.

Photo of my friends and I in graduation caps and gowns.

My crew from high school and I on the night of graduation!

It seems like only yesterday that I was (like some of you) a senior in high school about to take my first big leap of faith out of my family's home and my hometown, and on to my new home at William Woods. That was kind of scary, too. But humans are one of the most adaptable organisms on planet Earth. You are no exception to that rule.

At the end of the day, surviving a transition to another chapter in your life is simple, if you keep some tips in mind.

  1. Keep an Open Mind: Open your mind to new experiences, influences, and cultures. However, don't lose who you are in the mean time.
  2. Remember that you are valuable: You are doing yourself and the community around you a disservice by not allowing your true colors to shine through. Express your thoughts, rock your style, and do you. Remember, be you, everyone else is taken.
  3. Listen and Respond: To truly listen is to hear the words and understand the body language that others are communicating to you, interpreting that communication, and formulating a response once the speaker is finished. Take time to listen, not just hear.
  4. Prepare: Research the direction you choose to steer your life. Get an idea of what is coming. Ask questions, hunt down answers, and chose the path that You believe is right for you.
  5. Be Confident: Believing in your choices 100% is not always easy to do, especially when you are partaking in a new experience. Regardless of the situation, you can always appear confident and ready. The "fake it 'til yo make it" method works for me. Pick your head up, put a smile on your face, and reinforce yourself with positive thought.

You can do this. Fear no transition, follow your dreams, accomplish your goals.

Footie PJs with the crew

My teammates and I at our costume baseball scrimmage this fall.

-Dakota

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