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I would recommend coming on a campus tour, and also attend our transfer orientation and transition program. With out those two programs I would not be as successful at WMU as I am today! Getting a job or becoming involved on campus is also a great way to meet people and get involved in the university, making the transition process a lot easier!
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 third semester at WMU.
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 Program. Hearing about the love for Western from students, professors and staff sealed the deal for me! I chose nursing because of the overall practice and profession of nursing. I love medicine and I love helping people and nursing allows me to do both! Nursing is a great profession to expand your education!
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. The student ambassador program was the most influential in my transition to WMU. I am currently a student ambassador, a council member of the Student Nurses Council, and a member of the Lee Honors College! During my free time I love to just spend time with my friends and roommates! Going to the movies, bowling, or out to dinner is a great break from our busy and stressful lives!