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I'm sure most of you were in some way involved in extracurricular activities in high school; it may have been through sports, academics, art, theater, music, or student council. What's great about Western is that they offer about 350 different student organizations here on campus. I'm sure there are at least several of them that may interest you, and if not, they can even help you start your own organization. Getting involved was one of the best decisions that I have made on top of coming to WMU, it gave me the chance to meet so many people and do something that I am passionate about.
Hi, my name is John-Mark Cuarto and I am a junior here at WMU. I graduated in 2010 from Berrien Springs High School, about an hour southwest of Kalamazoo. I grew up in Berrien Springs for the most part of my life, but I was actually born in a small island in Southeast Asia called the Philippines. I moved to United States with my family about 12 years ago at the age of nine and here I am now majoring in graphic design with a minor in communication.
All my life I've had a passion for art. I was very lucky to have such great art program back in high school and I knew I wanted to continue this passion in college. My art teacher in high school graduated from WMU and encouraged me to check out their campus and programs. I'm glad I did! My senior year of high school I made several visits to WMU, including a general tour of campus, as well as a specific tour of the art building and its programs. It was really nice to get a feel of the campus. One of the things that I love about WMU is the size of its campus, it's not too big, but also not too small. I guess I can say that it's just right. After going on these tours and talking to some Western students that graduated from my high school, I really got a great idea of the atmosphere here at Western. I ended up only applying because I knew that WMU was my new home.
My first two years here at WMU, I lived in a residence hall and I loved every moment of it. Being a graphic designer I got the option to sign up and live in the fine arts residence hall; one of the many specialty housings that Western offers based on your major. Living on campus my first two years was so convenient. I was just a walk away from all my classes and everything that I needed was here on campus including the dining halls, the Student Recreation Center and even a mini Café Market in the Bernhard Center. On top of that, living on campus, made it really easy to make new friends. Back in high school I was very involved in extracurricular activities and I knew I wanted to continue this at Western. Throughout the years, I got involved in the Western Student Association, the student government here on campus, as well as the Campus Activities Board and served as a Bronco Bash Coordinator. I also got involved through the First Year Experience programs. I got the chance to be a Student Ambassador, First-Year Seminar Student Instructor, Fall Welcome Ambassador, as well as an Orientation Student Leader. This is one of the reasons why I love this campus; the opportunities to get involved are endless, because here at WMU there is something here for you!