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My number one advice for incoming students is to get involved with at least one student organization when you come to WMU. One of my biggest regrets was not getting involved with one organization when I came in my first year. Student organizations allow you to meet so many new friends and not to mention it looks great to be involved on a résumé! Also, don't be worried if you don't know what you want to do just yet. There are many services that WMU offers to help you decide which path would be right for you. It is okay to be uncertain what you want to do and to change your major; it is all just part of the college experience!
Hello prospective students! My name is Andrew Garcia, and I am currently a junior and studying exercise science here at Western Michigan University. I graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 2010. Growing up, I played hockey, lacrosse, and baseball, and I have one sister who will be graduating from Saginaw Valley State University in the Fall of 2012.
My decision to choose Western Michigan University was an easy one, and started with my own experience through the student ambassadors. I was originally stuck between WMU and GVSU, but at Western, everyone seemed unique and was able to express their individuality. Western promoted to me a sense of community that was warming and exciting, making my decision to become a bronco one of the easiest in my life! Another great thing about Western is if you cannot decide what major you want to choose, there are over 100 different undergraduate majors to choose from!
I originally was a biomedical science major, but after only one semester, I changed to exercise science. I still haven't decided completely which path I intend to go down with my degree (physical therapy or occupational therapy), but there are so many viable options with this major! This type of major gives students a chance to participate in something that is very rewarding and makes a difference in people's lives.
Although I am not nearly as involved on campus as I really should be, that doesn't mean there isn't something for you here at Western! Here at WMU, we have over 300 different registered student organizations (RSO's) that range from our student government (WSA), all the way to the squirrel club! On top of the 300 different RSO's, another great thing about Western is how close everything is to campus. Whether your fellow students live in the residence halls, or live in an off-campus home or apartment, no one is farther away than a fifteen-minute walk or a five-minute drive. Everyone is very close, so it is really easy to see each other! Another great way to spend your free time is in beautiful downtown Kalamazoo. Downtown has the first outdoor shopping mall in the United States! Along with the mall, there are many different festivals and events that happen in the downtown area throughout the school year, and everyone's favorite, the Rave Movie Theater, which is only $5 for students for any ticket!