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Paige Bichsel

Class of 2020

Paige Bichsel 2020

Hometown: Quincy, IL

High School: Quincy Notre Dame High School

Major: ASL Interpreting and Deaf Studies major with a Spanish minor

Campus Activities: Panhellenic Council (President), Alpha Phi Fraternity, Hands Up Club (Vice President), Dance Team, the Improv Team.

What are your career plans?

In the future, I hope to become a nationally certified American Sign Language Interpreter and find work somewhere in the medical field. I would also like to travel the world as an interpreter, so perhaps become a travel interpreter.

Why did you come to William Woods?

I came to William Woods initially for the interpreting program; however, I have stayed because all of the opportunities I have been given here to become a leader and an independent adult.

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

Community. I feel that everyone is involved and wants to improve the campus together.

What has been your favorite class here so far?

So far, my favorite class has been Theory of Interpreting. This class has opened my eyes to the truths of the interpreting profession and how demanding it is. There is not a lot of information about interpreting available on the internet because the profession is so small, but this class has expanded my knowledge of my future career.

What has been your favorite LEAD event so far?

My favorite LEAD event so far was the Mentalist. He came last year during Woods 101 and he did some pretty incredible things. He knew things about people he had never even met and it was so entertaining!

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

When I first came to The Woods, I wish I would have known that if I had three finals on one day, I could have them moved around so I did not have to take them all at once. My first semester freshman year, I took three exams in a row. I do not recommend this!

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

I wish more people knew how much I enjoy playing volleyball. I want to have more people come play on the sand volleyball court on campus.

Have you ever had a fun nickname?

When I was younger, I was a total diva so I picked up the nickname, “Hollywood.” At home, I still hear it every now and then.

What is your favorite thing in your room?

My favorite thing in my room is a canvas I made out of glitter. It says my life quote, “It’s fine” which describes my entire life.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the dance studio. It’s such a great place to de-stress by dancing or doing yoga.

Where do you like to study?

I like to study in the living room of the sorority house because it’s so comfy and relaxing. My favorite thing to do when I study is make colorful notecards. They help me remember and they look nice!

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

On a normal day, I get up and workout, then I go do work study in the library, then I start classes at 9, eat lunch around 12, go to classes until about 3, do yoga, eat dinner, go to dance, then study and relax. It sounds busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What is your favorite place in Fulton?

My favorite place in Fulton is the Mexican restaurant Tacos and Tequila. I absolutely love Mexican food.

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

What surprised me most about William Woods was how many ways I could get involved. The school makes it easy to be involved and it gives students full reigns on organizations at school.

What has been the most challenging part of college?

The most challenging part of college for me has been keeping my room clean. I always think I am too busy, but I definitely have time to clean my room.

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

Outgoing. I really enjoy going out in the world and finding new people and finding new things to do.

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

My favorite memory at William Woods so far was moving into my sorority house. Now I get to live with so many awesome people who are always up for having fun and chilling out.

Who is your favorite faculty or staff member?

My favorite faculty member is Becky Davis. I cannot describe it any other way than she is just Becky. I want to be as enthusiastic and energetic as she is.

What is your superpower?

My ability to improvise. A lot of things go unexpectedly, but I like to always find quick solutions to problems.