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2Nov/150

William Woods was the right choice for me!

Welcome!

This is Lisa, with the second part of my "origin story."  So, I began to research schools that would work best for me.

Small Size - I was looking for a small university.  I wanted a small student-teacher ratio.  With smaller classes, it would be easy to build relationships with my professors.  I already knew what it was like to be just a face among a sea of other faces, since I had already graduated from a large public state university.

William Woods University welcomes me with my name Lisa Laughlin in lights!

My name in lights!

At William Woods, each student has every opportunity to acquaint themselves with the faculty.  Every professor makes him- or herself available to students.  Every student has the option of reaching out and establishing a personal rapport with every instructor. This enhances the learning experience tremendously.  It is really valuable not competing with dozens of other students who also want individual time with an instructor.

 

The Right Offerings for Me - I was pursuing my dream of attending art school, but I also needed to temper that dream with the reality of competing in a Web 3.o world.  William Woods offers a BFA in both Graphic Design and in Studio Art, AND has quality Business and Management Information Systems (MIS) offerings. I could immerse myself in creative processes in the Kemper Art Center's studio art spaces. I could learn new skills in Kemper's Mac Lab with its state-of-the-art iMacs running Adobe Creative Suite software, like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.  And, I could learn the latest in web development, marketing, public relations, and entrepreneurship.

NASCAR auto racingCommute - The quality of my commuting time was also important to me.  I wasn't terribly interested in competing in the Daytona 500 every morning and afternoon. The commute on US63 between Jefferson City and Columbia reminds me of NASCAR restrictor plate racing.

Adding Central Missouri weather and transportation projects adds a unique "road course" flavor to the race. In contrast, the Fulton-Jeff City commute is a relaxing transition between my "day job" of being a student, and my other life in JC.

When the time came to select the school for me, the choice was obvious!

-Lisa

 

 

23Oct/152

My First Blog Post as an Undergrad–Wait! What?

Since this is my first post, you may want to check out my bio.

Why is this my first post? Frankly, there wasn't a World Wide Web the last time I was an undergrad!

Because I am in class with students who are the same age as my own daughters, some students assume I am an instructor. But it's not a big  deal after I confess my student status--most of the students, faculty, and staff think it's cool that I am attending William Woods as a "non-traditional" student. I am enjoying it a lot!

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Selfie from a previous life as a cubicle-dweller, with pretty-grown-up-daughters in the background.

When I was contemplating what I was going to do "for the rest of my life," I really knew was I wasn't totally happy with my current situation. And the rest of my life was still as daunting as it was when I was graduating from high school.

So I broke it down into smaller decisions, with smaller time horizons. I'm a problem solver, and that's how we do it.

Here are some questions I asked myself:

Q: Can I change careers, to anything, with a quick re-arrangement of my C.V.?

A: Probably not without a great reduction in pay, since moving wasn't an option.

Q: Since I am going to have to get some kind of training, what are my most important needs? The appeal of continuing my status quo was absolute zero. So that ruled out going to classes in the evening while maintaining my full-time job.  I didn't want to continue on my current trajectory.  So, I wasn't up for pursuing a degree at night or online.

A: I needed to consider a nearby university with great faculty who work directly with students and understand their individual needs.

But wait! What are my options?  Just because I want to do something doesn't mean I can--financially speaking.  I want to go back to school. Not only that, I want to go to art school (see my bio), but is my "hubby" down with me not contributing to the lifestyle to which we have become accustomed?

Amazingly, he was okay with that, having embraced the philosophy, "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

Yeah! Now to decide which "art school."   I will discuss this in my next post.

Thanks for reading!

-Lisa

 

 

22Apr/150

Woodsfest: Alumni Weekend 2015

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Happy Hump Day to all!

This upcoming weekend, William Woods will be hosting its annual Alumni Weekend shindig! The theme this year is Woodsfest! A festive gathering of old friends and colleagues brought together for a weekend of reminiscing on the past and writing the next page of the future.

For a full schedule of Woodsfest events, follow this link!

http://www.williamwoods.edu/alumni_weekend/2015/schedule.html

We hope to see you all this coming weekend at William Woods!

As always, peace and blessings!

15Apr/150

Welcome to Greek Life

Allow me to begin this blog post by letting you know the life has been excellent as of late! Great things are happening all around me. The Owls Baseball Team is performing well on a consistent basis, sporting a record of 28 wins and 9 losses. We have two weekends left in the regular season and then we head off to compete in the conference tournament to play for a conference title and a trip the national tournament.

Also, the founding of a new fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, at William Woods has been progressing swimmingly. We've been able to assemble a great group of guys with the qualities of leadership, ambition, optimism, and individuality. By embracing one another, we have been able to broaden our own horizons and develop a culture of open-mindedness. I am proud that I took the first step, with many of my brothers, to do something new. To challenge ourselves. To be the best men we can possibly be at all times.

William Woods Greek Life offers a one of a kind opportunity to those who join. Not only does going Greek offer a sense of involvement in the community, it also sets you up to make new, lifelong friends. I am fortunate to be a part of the family that is Greek Life at WWU!

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My new Sigma Tau Gamma brothers and I on the night of our association ceremony!