Hi!! My name is Andrea, I am from Niles, Michigan which is a small town at the southern-most part of the State (about five minutes from Indiana). I graduated from Brandywine High School in 2009. For two years, I attended Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) in Dowagiac, Michigan. This is currently my 3rd semester at WMU.
My graduating class was relatively small compared to the bigger school in my town. I graduated with only 82 students! I was involved in all sorts of activities during my high school years. I was Vice President of the student council and also of my Senior Class. I was an active member and secretary of the National Honors Society. I was a student choir director and also participated in many musical productions. For all four years, I participated in Solo and Ensemble and SWMVF (which is held at WMU). I also played basketball for three years in high school. I love being involved in school and the community and want to continue that in my college years.
My search for which college I wanted to attend was a slow process. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go, but I knew I wanted to be away from my hometown. Community college for me at that time was not an option. Western was my first pick and the first school to accept me. So, for me it was a no brainer, but not to my parents. They persuaded me to attend a community college to start, and get my pre-requisite classes out of the way. At the time, I hated the idea. However, it was the smartest decision I could have made for myself. I enjoyed my time at SMC, but I wanted something more. I wanted to be at a university that wasn’t too far away from home, not tremendously big, offered my academic program, and also had a lot of activities that I enjoyed doing in high school. Western, of course, had been my first choice, so I chose to transfer there after finishing my pre-requisites. I knew I had made the right decision after attending their Transfer Transition Orientation. Hearing about the love for Western from students, professors and staff sealed the deal for me.
My first semester at WMU could greatly compare to a high school senior transitioning to a first year student. Yes, I did have some college experience under my belt, but being in a new environment with new people and a new campus often overwhelmed me. Having friends that already attended WMU helped with the transition, but I knew I had to be involved in something in order for the university to make me feel at home. At the end of my first semester I wanted to be involved in something that would give me more. The Student Ambassador Program was the most influential in my transition to WMU. It allowed me to be more involved in the university and it also opened my eyes to the various organizations on campus! I am currently a Student Ambassador, a council member of the Student Nurses Council, and a member of the Lee Honors College!
I could not have made a better choice! I am so happy with my decision and I hope one day you will be too! If you have any questions please, please, please, ask and I will do my best to answer them! I am so happy to be on my second year as a WMU Student!