Student News — 07 December 2016

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University public relations and graphic communications management student Tori Wood is a junior who isn’t afraid to grab the opportunities afforded to her. Wood has had numerous opportunities at Murray State through her participation with out-of-classroom activities such as Student Government Association, sorority involvement and providing various counseling services on campus. Wood is on track to graduate in May 2018.

Wood’s list of activities includes acting as the vice president of administration for SGA, holding a position as a student ambassador, being a sister of the Beta Nu chapter of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, serving as Panhellenic Council president from November 2015 through November 2016, acting as summer orientation counselor in 2015 and lead counselor for 2016 as well as being a Racer 101 and Outdoor 101 counselor.

Outside of being involved in several organizations Wood has been able to meet public figures such as Martin Luther King III, travel abroad to London as well as work with students from other countries on projects that helped to expand her communication skills while learning about their culture. Wood has also traveled to New York to represent her organizations on national TV and speak in front of hundreds of women at a national conference.

Having a support system in college is one of the many keys to success. Wood found support not only in her organizations but through the help of Murray State’s faculty. The person that helped Wood during her college career is Katherine Farmer, Research and Instruction Librarian and Director.

“My boss, Katherine Farmer, made by far the biggest impact on helping me in college. She not only served as my boss but also almost took me in as her own. She truly cared and still does about everything going on in my life and always strove to help me in any way she could, whether it was by giving me simple day-to-day advice or by talking me through my trials. Katherine truly exemplifies everything Murray State represents,” said Wood.

Though there are many opportunities for students to have in classroom and professional experiences that will help in future careers, Murray State also offers the opportunity for students to make memories that will last a lifetime. These memories can come from friends in the residence halls, classrooms and organization experiences. Wood’s favorite memory comes from performing a freestyle rap in front of 2,000 people in the CFSB Center at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop.

Students at Murray State are not only given the chance to learn and grow but are also encouraged to pass on advice to underclassmen about their experiences here.

Murray State University public relations and graphic communications management student Tori Wood is a junior who isn’t afraid to grab the opportunities afforded to her. Wood has had numerous opportunities at Murray State through her participation with out-of-classroom activities such as Student Government Association, sorority involvement and providing various counseling services on campus.

Murray State University public relations and graphic communications management student Tori Wood is a junior who isn’t afraid to grab the opportunities afforded to her. Wood has had numerous opportunities at Murray State through her participation with out-of-classroom activities such as Student Government Association, sorority involvement and providing various counseling services on campus.

“Try new things!” Wood encouraged. “When I first came to Murray State I challenged myself to get involved with multiple organizations across campus. Some I found weren’t the perfect fit while others I am incredibly passionate about today. All of my opportunities have come through my involvement on campus. There are so many reasons to come to Murray State, but it is through the bonds you develop and finding your ‘home away from home’ that keeps you here.”

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