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Meet Catherine H

Meet Catherine H

Catherine HBackground

Advice for Freshman

For freshman, I think it's really important to take each day at a time! When you come to college, it's not an instantaneous transition--you're not going to have new best friends or be used to living without your parents immediately. Don't get too discouraged by the changes that you're experiencing, and make sure that you try everything! You get out of college what you put into it, so it's important to get out on campus, get involved, and experience the different opportunities that are available to you on campus.

About Catherine H

I'm from Portage, MI. I went to Portage Northern High School and graduated in 2011. In high school, I was involved in Forensics, a speaking sport, and was a varsity swimmer. I was also very involved with academics and volunteering, being an IB Diploma student.

When I applied to college, I went on tours everywhere I applied and also met with advisors at each University I was looking at. When I toured Western Michigan University, I was determined not to like it--being from Portage, Kalamazoo seemed too close to home to me! However, as soon as I toured, I loved the campus and the feel of the University. The tour definitely changed my mind about Western! I also loved how everyone at Western really made sure that all my needs were met and that I was comfortable on my tour. As it got closer to decision time, I narrowed my choices down to two schools--WMU and another school. Being interested in Speech Pathology, I wanted to sit in on a class and see if it was something that I was truly interested in. I sat in on a class and within five minutes, I knew that Speech Pathology was what I wanted to study and WMU was where I wanted to go!

College life at Western is so much fun! I love being involved on campus. One student organization that I am involved in is the Honors College Programming Council. With that, I help plan events and programs that the Lee Honors College puts on for its students. It's a great way to meet fellow Honors College students here on campus. I'm also involved in undergraduate research here on campus. I just finished volunteering on a project here at WMU in Speech Pathology!

Living in the residence halls is also really fun! It's great to live surrounded by fellow students and friends, and it's also very convenient to have my classes and the library five minutes away! In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends in the residence halls, reading, and attending awesome events on campus!



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