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Hi my name is Brittany. I am a proud Bronco and I love WMU! I am from Muskegon, MI which is about an hour and a half away from the amazing WMU campus. I graduated in 2011 with approximately 120 students. I was involved in 101 different things during high school including; student counsel, Student Run Branch, German Club, marching band, symphonic band, S&E festival, pep band, Prom committee and more.
When looking at colleges the first thing that I did was go on the different college websites. I wanted to know more about the different universities and this was a great way to get a lot of information in one area. I looked mostly at their academic programs. Because of my major many of the schools I could automatically rule out because they did not offer the program that I wanted to major in. Once I was done looking at the colleges I started applying. Once I received my acceptance letters I went from there, narrowing down my decision.
Thankfully for me, this process was very easy. My first stop was Western Michigan University! I have one of those "perfect" stories. I fell in love with everything about WMU. I loved my tour in its entirety. Western was the right fit for me. It has amazing academic programs (especially in my major), great opportunities, bigger school, a comfortable atmosphere and so much more. Even though I had got extremely lucky and found my perfect school right off the bat, I still highly encourage all students to look at all of the schools that you would like to apply to. They are all very different and unique and you have to find the one that fits you the best.
As previously mentioned, my major is in Speech Pathology and Audiology. This is a major that I have been interested in my entire life. I have a personal story about my interests in this major and why I started looking into this, but as I learned more about the major I fell more and more in love. My start to speech pathology came when I watched through many years of testing, meetings, and sessions of speech with my younger sister. It started off that they believed that she would never talk, but through much therapy she now communicates with anyone who will take the time and listen and talk with her. That is my start, but once I started looking into the major and all that it entails while also talking to others in both the profession and in the major I found how complex and wonderful the major is. This is a great field that is in high demand (and still growing) with so many opportunities.
College life is a whole different world than anything else. It is the point of life where you have all the freedom you want but you do not have to be a complete grown-up just yet. One of the things that I love most about college life is that there is so much to do as well as so many people! I currently do not live on campus, but I did last year. The residence halls are such a great experience and I recommend that every incoming student live on campus for at least one year if at all possible. One of my favorite things from my experience in the residence halls is meeting up with a group from my hall, going downstairs to dinner together, and then going to a FREE hockey game. How fun?!?