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Olivia Imhoff

Class of 2019

Olivia Imhoff

Hometown: Boonville, Missouri

High School: Boonville High School

Major: Criminal Justice and Political Legal Studies, with minors in Accounting, Spanish, and Business Administration

Campus Activities: President’s Twenty, Criminal Justice Club, women's basketball team, STAG, Conservation Club, National Society for Leadership and Success (E-Board)

What internships or jobs have you had?

In the summer, I work for a construction company and umpire at night. During school breaks I substitute as a teacher. Currently, I am doing an internship with the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and I am a Community Advisor in Lambert Hall.

What are your career plans?

I plan to apply for the Highway Patrol Academy after college graduation. I hope to become a trooper and then later down the road possibly a medical examiner or another career in a Highway Patrol division.

Why did you come to William Woods?

Initially, I was interested in the softball program. I have continued to stay at William Woods because my academic experience here has been so unique. My professors are very knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to furthering my education outside the classroom.

What is one word you’d use to describe William Woods?

Helpful. The students that attend here some of the nicest people I know. Whether you need someone to go to McDonald’s with you, need help studying, or simply someone to talk to, there is always someone there for me. The professors are even more than willing to help me in class, outside class, with the course material, or help me find an internship.

What has been your favorite class here so far? Why?

My favorite classes so far have been International Law and Law, Ethics, and Morality. Both classes were group discussions and we analysed controversial topics through theories. It was interesting to see all perspectives for a single event in history.

What has been your favorite LEAD event so far?

In general, my favorite LEAD events cover topics that I do not have previous knowledge about such as ASL. The American Sign Language events are some of my favorites. I think that language is so beautiful and unique.

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you first started at William Woods?

I wish I would have known that it’s ok to try things and to not like them. For most of my life I have stuck with things even when they haven’t been the best option for me. I would be happier if I would have known this sooner.

What is one thing you wish more people knew about you?

I wish others knew how willing I am to help them. I thoroughly love helping people, whether that is helping them studying, exercising with them, or just being there. As a CA and a friend, I’m here to help and make lives a little easier at the Woods.

Have you ever had a fun nickname? What was it?

When I was younger, I used to be Olive.

What is your favorite thing in your room?

This is going to sound very weird, but I love my carpet. It transforms my dorm room into a real comfy bedroom. I like to lay on it and study, sometimes I do yoga, and it just makes the room seem a little homier.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

I think my favorite spot is at the apartments. I love that I can relax there, cook some food, and hang out with friends. The rooms in the apartments are homier than a dorm room. The overall atmosphere puts me in a good mood.

Where do you like to study?

I like to study anywhere besides my room. Usually, I go to the library basement because it is so quiet. I can get lost in my books without distractions.

What is a typical weekday like for you at William Woods?

Crazy busy. I’ll have anywhere from 2 to 3 classes, some kind of exercising (practice and/or weights), a LEAD point or internship, studying, and, of course, I’ll go to Tucker for all three meals.

What is your favorite place in Fulton?

I have recently discovered the Fulton Cafe. It is small, family-run, Cuban style cafe. The food and coffee are the best, the family is wonderful, and the atmosphere is great for studying!

What has surprised you the most about going to school at William Woods?

Even though William Woods is a small school, I am surprised at the diversity we have. I love making friends from different countries and different backgrounds. I’ve made friends from around the world, friends that are in the horse program, and friends that are part of the deaf community.

What has been the most challenging part of college?

The most challenging part of college has been time management. I think I manage my time well, but I wish I had more of it. I want to make the most of my college experience, therefore I want to do everything, which is impossible!

What is one word your friends would use to describe you?

Sporty! I love to play sports and I’m always moving. It would be so unlike me to sit around and do nothing for a day.

What is your favorite memory of your time here at William Woods?

My favorite memory would have to be any time that my friends and I have randomly gotten together to play pickup basketball, wiffle ball, or volleyball. It’s fun having friends that will hang out and play games with you at the drop of a hat.

Who is your favorite faculty member?

Cynthia Kramer is my favorite professor for so many reasons. I love discussing politics in her class because I always leave with a better understanding of the events and motives. She understands that class is enjoyable when each student participates and the material is relevant to our lives.

What is your superpower?

My superpower is that I lose my voice at the worst of times. For example, in the morning I may pass by a fellow classmate. He/she says, “Hello.” I open my mouth to reply, “hello” except no words come out, sometimes it’s a faint ‘h’ sound. And then I look and sound like a dork.