Another successful Jdub day happened at John Wood a couple of weeks ago. Even though it was a freezing cold day out there still were lots of seniors who attended. Jdub day started out with two awesome performances by the dance team and cheerleaders. Then students were split up into groups and went with John Wood students to their mock classes. The mock classes were a great way for students to see how a real college class works and to ask questions about college in general. The day was filled with fun activates including an amazing race around campus, free food, a photo booth, and a winged food challenged. Overall Jdub day was a success once again to reach out to the community and show possible students what we are all about here at John Wood Community College.
As spring break comes to an end and we all are going back to class, there is some more exciting news. Our men’s basketball team has made it to nationals once again! They will be playing Tuesday March 17th at 8 or 8:30 in Dansville Illinois. Of course there will be a fan bus for any students who want to go. You can bet I will be road tripping my way to Dansville to cheer on the Blazers. Congrats boys and good luck!
A lot of people never think about going to JWCC, because it has a reputation about being just like high school or not like your typical “college experience”. Here are 10 facts that say differently and shows how JWCC is a great first choice.
- Everyone at JWCC is extremely helpful (staff, teachers) they all want you to succeed
- JWCC is so much cheaper than a four year university. Lets face it the first two years your taking the same general ed classes anywhere you go, might as well save your money and go to JWCC
- There are lots of scholarship opportunities (Take me for example, I got a full ride for two years)
- There are tons of activities to do at JWCC. Thanks to SGA there are tons of fun activities to do on campus.
- A majority of students here are involved. There are over 20 different clubs and organizations to be a part of at JWCC, so get involved and have some fun.
- Your not just a number here at JWCC, your a face. Most of your teachers actually know not only your name but who you are.
- It’s college you can be whoever you want. You don’t have to live with those same stereotypes that described you in high school. Here you can start fresh and be whoever you want.
- You meet people from all over the world. It’s not only surrounded area students who go to JWCC. People from all over the world go to John Wood.
- Good recommendations. I don’t know a staff member who wouldn’t we willing to write a recommendation for someone. In life it’s all about who you know, so get a good start here at JWCC
- Free! One word college kids love to here and that’s the word free. JWCC have lots of events that are free and give out free food and other stuff.
Just an update on Humans v.s Zombies I ended up turning into a zombie (sad face), but there are still a lot of humans left, which I’m kind of surprised about.
Since I am a sophomore this year I will be graduating from John Wood. Luckily I am on the right track to transferring to Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. I finally got my acceptance letter into the BSW program, which for those of you who don’t know stands for the Bachelors in Social Work. I’m super stoked and can’t wait to move on with my education and pursue my career as a Social Worker. I just want to give a shout out to TRIO and especially Bridget for all the help in directing me to transfer smoothly. I am the oldest in my family and both of my parents didn’t attend college, so I was on my own for figuring all of this out. Thanks to Bridget my stress in transferring has fizzled out. She has helped me with meeting deadlines, finding out what pre-rec classes I need to take here at JWCC, and much more. Without TRIO my head would be spinning with chaos.
This week JWCC has a few fun activities going on. Starting with tonight there is a SGA meeting at 5. Tuesday is half price movies at the AMC movie theater. Wednesday both the basketball girls and guys have a home game and it’s pink night so wear your pink. Starting tonight JWCC is hosting their first Humans v.s Zombies game. This game basically is a huge game of tag that is played all though out the school. The goal is to be come the last human to survive or be the Zombie with the most kills. Now for the twist, the game is played 24 7. As long as your on campus you are fair game. This gives a bit of a thrill to being at school, because you constantly have to watch your back. Now there are safe zones where people can’t tag you (the library, class rooms, professors’ offices). The winners on course get a prize, which I have heard it is a pretty awesome prize. So be prepared because I am sly as a fox and so motivated to become the winner of Zombies vs Humans!!
Introduction of Woody
This year at JWCC was our second year we have had a homecoming. Thanks to SGA there were plenty of activities that went on through out the school. It was a very busy week with paint all over the windows, bingo, tailgating, and decorated golf carts that paraded throughout campus. Game day was excellent with another awesome performance from the dance team. This time they also had little Blazerettes performing with them. Us cheerleaders also put on a half time routine and the game ended with a victory for the Blazers! Later that night SGA put on a homecoming dance that was at the Stoney Creek end, and might I say it was a blast!
Now homecoming also helped introduced a new family member to the Blazers, Woody. Woody is our official school mascot and he is one tough cookie. Woody of course is here to present John Wood with enthusiasm and pride, because we all our proud to be a JWCC Blazer. Honestly it is about time that we have a mascot. I’m sure we all will be seeing Woody around even more as the semester continues.
As fall approaches there are a lot of events that are going to take place here on campus. Starting with SGA, they sponsor a ton of fun events that one can participate in and the best part is that these events are planned by students. Tomorrow there is tailgating for the softball and baseball game starting at 3, which means free food! Know one can pass up free food. Also in October SGA is putting on a glow in the dark color run. Fall Fest will be coming up soon. I’m actually a part of planning this event. Now I don’t want to give out all the surprises, but as of now we are looking at having a hayrack ride, bonfire (more free food!), and haunted trails. This friday the cheer and dance team are having a car wash to help with our fundraising. Tickets are $5 and you can buy them from any cheer or dance member. PTK is sponsoring a concert here at John Wood in the Sac on November 7th. The lead act being Madd Hoss Jackson! So start listening to the radio for more details to come.
I am sure I have mentioned Trio before, but I just want to give them props for really helping students including me at John Wood. Trio is a group that wants students to succeed through out John Wood. They are here to help students academically, whether it being by helping students find tutors, helping students stay on track, or even helping students with the stress of transferring. That’s where I am at right now. I know where I want to go, but that’s as far as I know about transferring. My trio adviser is so awesome, because she is helping me find out what classes are going to transfer, and what classes I need to take so I can be ready to dive on into my major when I get to Edwardsville. She also helps keep my stress level down. I am a perfectionist and I want to succeed at everything I do. So not knowing anything about whether or not my classes will transfer has been stressing me out. Overall I am really thankful for trio, because they have had my back all throughout my years at John Wood.