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My main advice for freshmen is to leave your door open the first couple weeks of school! Trust me when I say fall welcome is when your meet a lot of your future friends. Along with that, time management is super important- if you don't manage your time with a planner or your own form of organization, you might find yourself frazzled.
Hi there! My name is Christina and I am from Orland Park, IL. The town is about 40 minutes from downtown Chicago. I graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in 2012. People are always shocked when I tell them that my graduating class contained almost 1000 people. I played soccer for 12 years, rode horse-back, ran and was a Relay for Life Captain for all 4 years of high school.
Choosing where I wanted to go to college was a pretty easy process. I mainly looked at universities' websites to see if I thought I would like the school. Once I decided which colleges I thought I would get into and had a good education program close to home, I applied to ISU, WMU and DePaul University. Between Western Michigan and ISU it came down to one thing- WMU made me feel very welcomed, almost like I was at home when I went to visit. Between that, the size and what a great education program they have, my decision was final. My major is special education, and I am very happy with choosing to take on this career. I chose this major because I have always wanted to teach. Special education came specifically from getting the chance to intern in a variety of classrooms during a teaching internship senior year of high school. Assisting children who needed extra helped convinced me that helping kids is a job I would really enjoy going to everyday.
I love my major and I love Western Michigan as a whole! Everyone is so friendly here, and the atmosphere is awesome. Being a freshman, I was encouraged to live on campus in the Valleys and I am glad I chose to do so. Having a bus system, dining hall, and being ten minutes away from campus, are ideal conveniences. Living with mainly all freshmen, it is nice to know everyone around you is going through the same first year experiences together. Tailgating, football, and hockey games are a lot of fun to do during free time. Along with sporting events I am an active member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Greek life really helped me get involved my first semester; it is a great way to meet people along with all of our organizations. I am also involved with SCEC- Student Council for Exceptional Children. I was really excited that WMU had a club that was specific to my major.