Woodard Finds Home Away from Home at UMO

Woodard Finds Home Away from Home at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Many colleges and universities claim to offer a family atmosphere with personal attention, but just how many of them really follow through with delivery?  Ryne Woodard, a sophomore at the University of Mount Olive, knows first-hand that at UMO, the family atmosphere is not only present, but was one of the big draws for him in selecting his college of choice.

Both of Woodard’s parents graduated from UMO.  His dad, Tim Woodard, has been the director of admissions at the institution for nearly three decades.  Ryne has also grown up in one of the University’s denominational churches, Rains Crossroads OFWB in Kenly.  So, for him, UMO is really a home away from home.

“I have been visiting Mount Olive for different events and church activities since I was little,” he said. “Since I went to a small high school in Princeton, UMO has been an easy educational transition for me.”

Woodard is a business management major.  In addition to his studies he works in the Student Affairs Office and in Pope Wellness Center.  He also participates in the numerous intramural sports that are offered at UMO, and he was nominated for the 2014 homecoming court for the sophomore class.

Like many college students, Woodard can become overwhelmed.  However, he claims that having a place on campus to reflect and pray eases his stress.

“My faith has taught me to never give up and to just keep moving forward when assignments are piling up or exam time is around the corner. Being able to seek that peace on campus just gives me a sense of relief,” explained Woodard.

With a year and a half of college already behind him, Woodard feels he has made the right choice.  “I’m glad I came to UMO. The University has so much to offer, and the people here are helpful and care about you. You’re not just a number at Mount Olive; you’re more than just another seat in the classroom. The entire campus makes an effort to learn your name and involve you. I am truly enjoying my time at UMO.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.