Class of 2020
Hometown: Argyle, Missouri
High School: Vienna High School
Major: Middle School Education, with a concentration in Mathematics
Campus Activities: Alpha Phi Fraternity (Vice President of Member Education and Programming) and University Ambassadors.
What internships/jobs have you had?
I have been independently teaching piano lessons since I was fourteen years old. I have worked the past five summers at Quaker Windows and Doors building vinyl screens in the factory. I have also been a University Ambassador since August 2017.
What are your career plans?
I plan on teaching at a middle school math close to my hometown. While teaching, I hope to earn my master’s degree in Education Administration. My plans are then to be a principal or teaching-principal at a small Catholic school close to my hometown.
Why did you come to William Woods?
I came to William Woods because of the small, close-knit atmosphere. I am from a very small town, and I went to small school where everyone knows each other. William Woods made me feel at home and comfortable.
What has been your favorite class here so far?
My favorite class at William Woods so far has been Applied Piano. In this class, I received one-on-one time with my instructor. It has enabled me to expand my skills and spend a day each week doing something that I love.
What has been your favorite LEAD event so far?
My favorite LEAD event so far has been the annual Ghost Tour. I really enjoyed this event because it was entertainment mixed with history about William Woods.
What’s one thing you wish you had known when you first started at William Woods?I wish I knew not to be afraid to go outside of my comfort zone and get involved.
What is one thing you wish more people knew about you?
I wish more people knew how much I enjoy watching sports. I would love to go watch more sporting events on campus with my friends!
Have you ever had a fun nickname?
When I was little, my family and friends would call me Doodles. I don’t really know why though!
What is your favorite thing in your room here and why?
My favorite thing is the blanket on my bed that my brother and sister-in-law brought back for me from their honeymoon in Mexico.
What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot on campus is the “outdoor classroom” area by Dulany and the Kemper Arts Center. It is so peaceful and relaxing to be by such beautiful buildings with so many trees.
Where do you like to study?
I like to study at the table in the living room at Alpha Phi so that I can spread all my work out and have plenty of room. My favorite study tip is to rewrite anything you are trying to remember because it helps you remember it faster and better.
What is a typical weekday like for you at William Woods?
A typical day includes waking up and going to breakfast. Then I go practice piano before class. After that is class, lunch, doing homework in the library, and then more class. I usually go to dinner around 5 with my friends and then we go to a LEAD event or go back to the house. After that I hang out in the living room and watch TV, play Wii, or do more work.
What is your favorite place in Fulton?
My favorite place in Fulton is the Fulton Bowling Alley. I love going there with my friends on Thursday night, even though I’m not very good at bowling!
What has surprised you the most about going to school at William Woods?
The thing that has surprised me the most is how much the professors care about each student. They are truly there to make sure that every student is receiving a quality education.
What has been the most challenging part of college?
The most challenging part of college has been juggling all my responsibilities and learning how to study.
What is one word your friends would use to describe you?
Stubborn. If I get an idea in my head I will usually follow through with it no matter what it takes.
What is one word you’d use to describe William Woods?
Homey. You truly feel like you are at your home-away-from-home when you get to campus.
What is your favorite memory of your time here at William Woods so far?
My favorite memory would have to be competing in so many different sorority and fraternity philanthropy events.
Who is your favorite faculty or staff member?
My favorite faculty member would have to be Joe Davis. He brings a lot of experience and real life stories into his teaching. He also uses mostly hands-on activities and examples, which will help me when I am a teacher someday. Finally, Mr. Davis encourages each student to substitute teach so that we get that valuable experience and make connections with area schools.
What is your superpower?
My superpower is my ability to deal with stress. I always tell my friends that I do my best work and thrive under stress.