Wow I can’t believe that this school year is coming to a end! It went by so fast and honestly it feels bitter sweet. I need a break from school and can’t wait to be done, yet on the other hand I am sad that this is my last year. I have met so many fantastic people from faculty to new friends. I have learned a lot not only through classes, but from the people I have hung around. I have also learned a lot about myself within these two years. Thank you to everyone who have helped me along the way, without you guys graduating wouldn’t be possible. Walking away from John Wood I will carry with myself so many precise memories. I smile as I look back at all the good times I have shared with friends. John Wood really is a great place to start. I know I made the right decision by coming here and I’m proud to have been a part of this school.
Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming which means I am almost done with my education here at John Wood. I can’t believe that two years has almost passed! My time has flown by here at John Wood which is bitter-sweet. I am excited to move on to SIUE, but I’m going to miss the people I met here and the faculty. I am in the process of transferring, and I have already realized how different SIUE is from John Wood. First off registering for classes for next fall was a nightmare. I didn’t get into some of my social work classes, because the administration at SIUE didn’t inform me that I couldn’t register at the time when upcoming juniors register which is dumb because I am going to be a junior next year. After hours of communicating with my adviser at SIUE I finally got my class schedule worked out. That scenario made me realize that I am just going to be a number at SIUE instead of a face at John Wood. I know that something like that would never happen at John Wood, because people genuinely care about the students here and want us all to succeed. When I told that story to a faculty member here at John Wood she told me I should talk to our advising department and have them talk to their advising department to get things worked out. That is why I really admire this school. Even though it is a community school, and students might not want to attend because they won’t get the full “college experience” it still deserves a ten in my books. The staff here at John Wood are excellent and will do anything in their power to make sure you succeed in your education, which makes it so much easier on us students.
April is known for community college month and to celebrate there are many different events going on around campus thanks to SGA and other club organizations. First off voting for your 2015-2016 Student Government Officers is going on today starting at 10 so make sure you vote! Also other activities going on at campus include:
- April 6th- twisted bingo
- April 8th- tailgating for baseball and softball
- April 9th-blood drive
- April 15th- free lunch!
- April 16th-town wide scavenger hunt
- April 22nd- Employee vs. student basketball
- April 27th- Extreme dodge ball
- April 29th- Cardinals game at Bush stadium
There are just a few of the activates that are going on during April. So have some fun and get involved.
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, you’re 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!!