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If I were to give an incoming freshman advice, it would be to live in the residence halls your first year. Living in the residence halls will make your transition from high school a lot easier and you will meet so many people who will be friends for the rest of your life. Also, if you need help on campus don't be afraid or intimidated to ask! There are an endless amount of resources on campus and your fellow students will be more than willing to help you out or point you in the right direction.
Hey! My name is Grant, and I am currently a sophomore at Western Michigan University. Before coming to college, I went to Napoleon High School and graduated in 2011. Napoleon is a small town in Jackson County, about half way between Detroit and Kalamazoo. I am currently finishing up my pre-business classes, and next semester I will begin taking courses in either business marketing or management! I am a huge sports fan, and played several sports in high school. While I no longer play on a team, I still have a passion for sports and I am an assistant coach for a summer travel baseball team. I have also been involved in 4-H for the past twelve years back at home.
During my senior year in high school, when trying to decide on a college, Western was not high on my priority list until I dove into the college search process and realized what the university has to offer. I think the most important thing to do when deciding on a college is to take a tour of all the colleges you're interested in. I visited several other schools in the state and found that Western was where I was conformable. Western felt like home; it had that feeling of "this is the school I want to attend!" This feeling is hard to explain, but everyone will have the feeling when they find the school that is right for them. Another reason why I choose Western is because I knew I wanted to go to college, but was not sure what I wanted to study and I felt that Western had the best option with their exploratory studies program. During my freshman year, I explored several majors that I found interesting by taking introductory classes for each which helped me decide that I like business better than political science or engineering. The exploratory advising program is great because it ensures that you stay on track to graduate as soon as possible, while helping you to make an informed decision about what to study.
The great thing about WMU is that there is something for everyone and the opportunities are endless. Western has over 350 registered student organizations, so every student can find a fun way to get involved and make lots of new friends. I am a member of the Lee Honors College and Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society. In both of these groups, I get to participate in a lot of community events, which not only help me grow as a person, but impact the lives of others around the community which is very rewarding. In my free time, I enjoy going to watch and support the athletic teams or spend time at our awesome student recreation center. If sports are not your interest, there are many fine arts, academic, and cultural organizations and so much more. So, if you come to Western get involved and have fun. College is the best time of your life!