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Hello! My name is Kailey, and I am from Glen Ellyn, Illinois; I graduated from Glenbard South High School in 2011. In high school I participated in cheerleading, gymnastics, key club, National Honor Society and Habitat for Humanity. I guess you could say I like to keep myself pretty busy! This is my first year at WMU & I love it!
When I started off looking at colleges I rarely did college visits until I took a few weekends and went to six that I thought I would either really love or I could eliminate. Out of all twelve schools that I applied to, I was admitted to everyone, which made the decision very difficult. Sadly, Western Michigan University was one of the LAST colleges I was looking at but I didn't want to let it go just yet. There was something about the friendly voice on the phone, check-up calls and the warm spirit each person had at the Gold Pride Reception. It was a warm day in March when I finally visited WMU one last time to make sure what I saw wasn't a fluke. It was then I knew all of the college looking had come to an end. There was something about the campus that made me feel at home. The University has a small-town feel in a large campus and was just the perfect distance from home so my parents can't make any surprise visits. The fact that not many of my friends or very few classmates were at or planned on attending WMU, made it a fresh start. Although high school was enjoyable, I did not want to repeat it in college. To top it off, WMU had the major I wanted, biomedical sciences. The second most important factor for me was having highly competitive sports teams (especially football and hockey), which WMU excels at to say the least. I have to say the amount of overwhelming friendliness, spirit, enthusiasm and just welcoming personalities made me call WMU my home.
Personally I found that living on campus is a unique experience that allowed me to make the friends I know I will keep for the rest of my life. Living in the residence halls is definitely one decision I will never regret. It brought people together with variety of backgrounds into one place, which I loved. I loved having most of my friends with me in one spot because it made life easier. This year, I cannot wait to live in my sorority house with my friends. Getting involved with Greek life was something I pretty much knew I was going to peruse before I left home. I am very thankful to be involved with Alpha Phi because it's a great way to meet people and serve your community. My major, biomedical sciences, definitely keeps me extremely busy but I make sure to go to the Student Recreation Center to workout and hang out with friends.