Archive for September, 2010

Reiver Read

This semester, several classes are participating in a campus event called Reiver Read.  My Leadership & Development class is part of the Reiver Read and the book is The Lottery by Patricia Wood. For this book, each class reading it takes a different perspective than another class. In Leadership, we take a leadership perspective and define types of leaders with the characters in the novel. We have set discussion dates. We just had our first one yesterday and I really liked it. I love to give an opinion on something and hear others’ opinions. I like the book so far. It’s wonderfully written and I think the characters are great. I encourage anyone on campus to participate. Go pick up a copy of the book and check with a class to see when the discussion dates are and join us!


First Day

So I wake up on the first day of the semester (Aug. 23rd) and I’m already running around. I was up by 7:30 and showered and dressed close to 8:30. I have class at 9:00 and I really didn’t want to be late. I’m out the door by 8:40 and I jump into my car. I live relatively close, so the distance isn’t really an issue. I’m there by 8:50 and I’m trying to find a parking spot. It’s hard, granted a lot of the other students are either showing up early to claim parking spots or maybe heading to class. The first day is always crazy, no matter if you’re in high school or college.  Well, the first thing I do after parking is whip out my schedule (feeling like a high school freshman) and head off to my first class. I get there a little late, but it’s the first day and everyone’s making sure they’re in the right room, especially if there are unannounced schedule changes.

I get through my first class okay and I decide that, seeing as I had time before my next class, I’d go check out the new student center. I’d viewed last year when they had begun building and over the summer when they’d finished; I hadn’t had the pleasure of being inside. I go in and look around. The first floor is the cafeteria and kitchen-kitchen where the Culinary students work. Cool. I go upstairs and-it’s really amazing. To the left is the bookstore (oh, sorry…College Store) and to the right is the Cyber Library (I described it to my friend as the “big, glass room” granted that it has a lot of windows) where there are tons of places to sit, lots of available computers and even study rooms.I eventually head off to my next class and I’m done by noon.

It was a really good first day, despite being a little late.


Hi, I’m Ashley. I’m in my second year at Iowa Western Community College. Welcome to my blog: Inside The Mind Of A Reiver. Here, I’ll give you an inside look at being a student at IWCC. I started out as a Psychology Major but switched to General Education. I chose Iowa Western because it’s conveniently located and is a smaller campus. It makes it easier for one-on-one time with the instructors and smaller classes. I love what Iowa Western has to offer; everything from the new football team (I’m not a member…haha) to the various clubs. I always recommend Iowa Western to my friends and people I know who are in their senior year. But, I’m going to conclude this brief intro and I’ll keep you updated throughout the semester! 🙂