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Do not panic! If you do not know your major yet, it is okay! It is better to wait for the right thing to come along, than to try and force yourself into a box.
Why HELLO there!! My name is Jasmine! I am from the east side of Michigan, in a suburb called Shelby Township. Henry Ford II High School is my alma mater, from which I graduated in 2011. My graduating class was of 485, so it was a fairly large school. In high school, I was involved in theatre productions, student government, forensics and the National Honors Society. This is my second year here at Western, and I absolutely LOVE it!
I began my college career as a vocal performance and marketing double major. In my senior year, I initially applied to three universities, and only ended up auditioning for the music school at two of those three. After being accepted to both the other school's music program and Western Michigan University's, I compared the expenses for both. Western invited me to compete in their Medallion Scholarship Program, which gave me some scholarship money, and I received a scholarship from the music school. Along with financial reasoning, after analyzing the schools further, I thought that WMU would allow for growth both musically, but in my other interests as well. As I noted before, I began my freshman year as a vocal performance and marketing double major. The first semester of my sophomore year, I realized that my passion for music was transferring to social justice and, although it is such a cliché, making more of a difference. As a result, I dropped my music major and picked up a minor in event management.
Throughout the past two years, I have tried to become very involved on campus. Since I am a music minor, I am very involved in our music department here on campus. I am in Cantus Femina, one of our auditioned choirs on campus. I am also the President of Omega Delta Epsilon, the only choral service fraternity here. In the Lee Honors College, we are encouraged to do a lot of volunteering, so I have had the opportunity to help Drive Safe Kalamazoo, the KGLRC, and numerous other organizations on campus. I work at the Student Ambassador Office. Our office helps to recruit prospective students onto campus through campus tours as well as large events across Michigan, providing phone calls to families, and many other activities. Currently, I am the Marketing and Development Intern at the Portage Community Center.
I live on campus in the Fine Arts residence hall, Siedschlag. Western does this great incentive program that gives you the opportunity for a single room at the price of a double for your sophomore year if you keep a certain GPA. My experience has been great living on campus, since everything is so close to classes and other on-campus activities. In my free time, I like to spend time with my friends and go shopping downtown at the farmer's market and antique shops!