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My advice for a freshman is to go to a school where you feel comfortable. Don't go somewhere just because your parents went there or because your best friend is planning to go there. College is a time for you to grow and learn and it has to be in an environment that fits you.
Hello, my name is Hanna and I am currently a freshman at WMU studying nursing. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. I went to Riverside Brookfield High School which is right next to the Brookfield Zoo. I graduated from there in 2012.
While on my college search I visited and looked into numerous schools. I went on about six college tours with Western Michigan being my first. The moment that I went on my tour at WMU I knew that it was the place for me. Everyone on campus was so friendly and welcoming. I wanted to make sure that where I chose to go to school would be the perfect fit for me. Western not only has a wonderful atmosphere it also houses great academics. Bronson School of Nursing was another reason I chose to come to WMU. It is a highly rated program that houses its' clinicals at a top 100 hospital. I have always wanted to be a nurse and Western had the right program for me.
On campus there are many ways to get involved. A club I am involved in is called Drive Safe Kalamazoo. We give non-judgmental rides home to students that are off campus. It is a strictly volunteer program and completely confidential. The club prevents students from walking home late at night on weekends. I currently do live on campus in the residence halls. I live in valley 1 this year where 2/3 of the freshmen choose to live. Living in the residence hall there is great opportunities to meet new people and get more situated into college life. In my spare time I like to play golf, socialize with friends, workout, and travel.