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Golf Madness

My golf season has finally started! The top 7 golfers went on a little road trip to St. Joseph, Missouri to compete in a D2 golf tournament. We were the only NAIA school there, and we dominated all of the NCAA D2’s and D3’s! Isn't that awesome? What a great feeling to have. It was our first event of the season, so we were a little rusty, but we still managed to win.

As always, there are plenty of pros and hardly any cons whenever we travel!

So here we go, I am going to brag to you a little bit about my trip…

  1. 2 to a Room!

We stayed in the Holiday Inn Express and the hotel accidentally overbooked so we had 2 people to a room, this meant a bed each and just pure bliss for the two nights we stayed there!

Celia Mansour and I after Round 1!

Celia Mansour and me after Round 1!

  1. Chipotle First Night!

As you already know, I have an obsession with Chipotle. My coach obviously knows this after putting up with me for nearly 4 years, so we happened to be so lucky to be staying right next to Chipotle, and I had it two nights in a row. DON’T JUDGE!

  1. Best Friend Visit!

One of my best friends, Joni, who recently graduated from William Woods has just landed herself a job in St. Joe. Joni came to surprise me one night, so we caught up and just watched some TV! It made my week!

  1. We WON!

William Woods had 4 women who finished top 10 and the team won by many shots against D2's Lindenwood and Missouri-Western! It was a great start to our season, and we have a lot of work to do to win the National Championship!

I can't wait for our next event in Carbondale Illinois, we play a D1 school! Let's hope we can dominate this one, too!



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?





Summer Fun!

This summer was full of work, fun, family, and friends. When I left school for the break, I drove home and turned around two days later to take a trip to California. My cousin is a very successful small animal veterinarian in Sacramento, so I went to do an internship with her for three weeks.

 It was an absolute blast! I learned a lot about the ins and outs of running a small animal practice, and I even got to help hold animals, administer vaccines, and watch surgeries! My mom was very surprised that I went to California for the first time and spend the entire trip in a vet hospital and didn’t see the beach once! The best part was probably calling home and telling my family all about the things I had seen that day. You see, they are actually quite squeamish and it was fun to hear their reactions to some of the surgeries and procedures I saw.

From California I flew to Oregon to watch my best friend Kelsey graduate from college. I saw the beautiful city of Portland (decided that rain is not for me) and got to celebrate with her family and friends! When the weekend was over I was ready to go home to see my family.

By the time I arrived home, summer was already in full swing! My little sister Ali, who really isn’t all that little given she is now a sophomore in high school, started her first job lifeguarding for the City of Longmont. It was fun to watch her learn the ropes and tell funny stories about what little kids will do at the pool. My older sister Grace, now a senior in college, worked up in the mountains in a town called Estes Park. My dad, who stays at home and runs the house, worked on putting in hardwood floors upstairs and took care of driving my sister to work, cooking dinners, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Mom worked some, but also took time to spend with us, which is always nice!

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, near where my older sister worked!

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, near where my older sister worked!

I started the summer working at the barn where I grew up, which also has a dog kennel business that took me on as an employee a few summers ago. I loved teaching kids to ride and then going straight to the kennel to play with the dogs! Halfway through the summer an excellent opportunity knocked on my door. A mobile equine veterinary practice I’d been shadowing had an opening for a veterinary assistant and they offered me the job! I had to leave the ranch and the kennel (I’ve known the owners since 7th grade), which was scary, but I simply could not turn down the opportunity.


Water park fun with my sisters!

I spent the rest of the summer learning about equine mobile practices and I was able to assist with a lot of exams and some procedures. It ended up being a summer full of animals for me, which is exactly how I wanted it to be! Of course there was plenty of time for family, friends,fun, and relaxation. I enjoyed going to the water park, the amusement park, the mountains, and just hanging out by the pool. It was a very awesome and busy summer, and I was ready to return to the beautiful William Woods campus for fall semester!

Hiking in the mountains with my best friend

Hiking in the mountains with my best friend Kelsey


Last Sunday marked the end of summer, and the start of fall. There is a nip in the air, classes are in full swing, and my friends keep me grounded with fun trips to Columbia, movie nights, and study breaks. I can’t wait to watch the trees on campus turn shades of red, orange and yellow!

I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of fall!


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