Speaker Series Prepares WWU Students for Life Outside The Woods

William Woods University students are getting a taste of the “real world” from the new “Life Outside the Woods” speaker series.


Speakers are being asked to share information about particular aspects of life that most students will encounter after graduation. Cheree Meeks, director of career services, and Debbie Schick, LEAD and office coordinator of student life, are working together to create these informative and helpful events.


“We wanted to give the students a speaker series that would teach life skills—things they can use once they’ve graduated,” Schick said.


Meeks added that they want the events to address topics that students take for granted or do not think about.


“We are hoping to prepare our students for a successful transition to life outside the Woods,” she said.


Meeks kicked off the series Sept. 20, speaking about effective time management. Tammy Carter, director of multicultural affairs, spoke about appreciating and understanding diversity in the workplace Sept. 27.


The next scheduled speaker is Hannah Holzum, dietitian and wellness coordinator at William Woods. She will share information about staying healthy after college, offering tips on stress relief, healthy eating, and exercise.


Holzum’s “Keeping Your Body Healthy After College” event is scheduled for Oct. 26 at noon in the Ivy Room (on the lower level of Tucker Dining Hall). Interested community members are welcome to attend.


Possibilities for future topics include investing advice, how social media can affect employment, graduate school issues and renter’s information. These topics may be presented by WWU faculty and staff members or by outside speakers.