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Hey everyone! I am Joe. I graduated from Godwin Heights High School in 2012. It is a very small school; my graduating class was just over 100 people. In high school, I was the Vice President of my class, a member of the Student Council, and the National Honor Society. I was also in marching band, concert band, choir, choir council, winter drum-line, percussion ensemble, drama club, and Science Olympiad.
When I was looking at college, I took tours of several other campuses, including Western. When I arrived at Western, I immediately felt welcomed by everyone I encountered. It was close enough to home that I could go home if I wanted, but far enough to still gain the independence I wanted. I also loved that Western had so many options of study, because at that point, I still wasn't sure of what to major in. Now, I am studying occupational therapy. I chose this program because I have known for a long time that I wanted to work in the medical field, and occupational therapy is a great way to help make people's lives better.
At Western, I am involved with several different organizations and groups. I am in OUTspoken, which is the on-campus LGBTA group. Through it, I have made amazing friendships, and have found a second family to be with. I also participate in groups and activities through the Office of LGBT Student Services. One such group is the First Year Pride Alliance (FYPA). This has been a great tool to help me get used to college life as a member of the LGBT community. I am also in the Western Swing Dance Society, which meets twice a week to practice swing dancing with other students. In my free time, I go to the Student Recreation Center and take an aerobics class like Zumba or Yoga.