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15Aug/1421

William Woods University Welcomes YOU!

It's been a long summer, but it is almost time to return to William Woods University!  As I embark on my senior year of college, I look back on the day I first moved in as a freshman.  Although it's been three years, I still remember the crazy amount of emotions I felt when I took on this whole new experience at the Woods.  Not only was I excited, I was a little uncertain, too!  Today, I want to offer some bits and pieces of advice that I want to pass down as a WWU upperclassman!

This sounds so cliche, but just breathe.  There is going to be a lot that happens in the next week of your life.  Will there be uncertainty?  Yes. Will there be stress? It is likely.  Will you survive?  Without a doubt!

Even though I'm a senior, I always have a tough time leaving for the Woods!  Although I miss my parents when I'm gone, I know they support me and are only a call away.  Love you, mom and dad!

Even though I'm a senior, I always have a tough time leaving for the Woods! Although I miss my parents when I'm gone, I know they support me and   are only a call away. Love you, mom and dad!

If you are worried or stressed about going away to school, chances are your parents or family are going through the same thing.  My biggest piece of advice for handling parents and family is to keep them involved in this experience.  For me, moving away was tough, and I was so glad I had my parents to fall back on when I needed them.

Being homesick is ok!  I cannot lie to you and say that moving away is a simple process.  Most students get a pang of homesickness now and then.  To you, my friend, I recommend a few things:

  •      Call home, but limit yourself on how long your call is.  Remind your family you love them and ask about your dog/horse/fish, but avoid long, drawn out calls.  Besides -- if you spend all night on the phone, you'll miss out on fun stuff!
  •       Fill your time!  I think the worst thing to do is sit in your room and sulk.  Nobody enjoys being sad!  Go to an event on campus, a hall event, or rally your roommate/suitemates to go to Taco Bell!
  •       Remember -- you can do this!  We've all been there and we made it.  You can, too! 🙂

Go out of your way to meet someone new.  You'll be surrounded by students just like you that are seeking out those connections with others.  Don't be afraid to make the first move and invite someone to Tucker Dining Hall or a LEAD event.

If you haven't already, check out the #wwupassport!  Go to williamwoods.edu/orientation to see what's going on during orientation!

If you haven't already, check out the #wwupassport! Go to williamwoods.edu/orientation to see what's going on during orientation!

Attend scheduled events.  Not only are the orientation events super fun, there are multiple benefits! Some orientation events are LEAD points!  In some events, there will be helpful information on surviving college.  Even more exciting, some could even have snacks or treats!  You never want to miss out on a good treat 🙂

 

Start out on the right foot with your roommate.  Living with a roommate for the first time can be a really challenging but exciting experience.  I think the best way to master sharing a residence hall room with someone else is communication!  Get to know each other and find what you have in common.  Let your roommate know your habits and preferences, while also taking into account their routines.  Be open to compromise!

Sign up for sorority/fraternity recruitment! Even if you are not considering joining a house, you can really benefit from the recruitment experience.  Not only can you earn a LEAD point for visiting the Greek houses, you will also meet a bunch of new students and returning students!

  •  I must admit that I didn't go on the house tours as a new student, and I regret it!  Although I am a member of Chi Omega now, I didn't to go through recruitment as a new student because I had already formed a negative opinion about what sororities would be like.   Not only was I wrong, but I also made judgement about Greek organizations without even giving it a try!  My advice to you, friend, is to give it a chance and form your own opinion after experiencing it.  You'll miss out on what Greek life is really about if you don't!
    Although Sam and I are in different sororities, we both have valuable experiences in our Greek houses!

    Although Sam and I are in different sororities, we both have valuable experiences in our Greek houses.In Greek life, we strive to help the community.  If you want to know more about this bake sale in particular, check out my post about Greek Week! In Greek life, we strive to help the community. If you want to know more about this bake sale in particular, check out my post about Greek Week!

    We have a lot of fun being silly!  My sisters are supportive and always go along with my crazy antics! :)

    We have a lot of fun being silly! My sisters are supportive and always go along with my crazy antics! 🙂

     

Find your niche! With over 40 clubs and organizations on campus, you'll be sure to find a group that interests you.  Clubs are a great way to find people with similar interests and people within your area of study.

Lastly, don't be nervous.  Out of all the places in the world, William Woods University is one of my favorite places to be.  This is a home to so many students, and it can be yours, too!  Getting used to a new place can take a little while, but giving WWU a chance is one of the best decisions you will make.

I wish you the best of luck when moving in.  If you see me on campus and you actually read this post, come find me!  I'll be running around all of Wednesday and would enjoy meeting you.  To any current students at WWU, please share your advice below and help our incoming students feel at home this fall.

See you so soon, friends!

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