Meet Karissa

Meet Karissa


Advice for Freshman

Balance is key. If you can balance, you could do anything! Also step out of your comfort zone and get to know never know who might become the next Bill Gates!!

About Karissa

Greetings! My name is Karissa, and I am going to rule the world one day! I am technically from Lansing, Michigan but moved to Battle Creek, Michigan my freshman year of high school. I went to Pennfield High school during my freshman and sophomore year but transferred to Lakeview High school for the rest of my high school career. I graduated from there in 2010.

Why did I choose Western Michigan University? Well it was right before my freshman year of high school and I have just moved to Battle Creek, Michigan. I hadn't really gave college a lot of thought at the time because I was still overwhelmed with the adaptation of a new environment and also with the thought of going to high school. My parents knew a lady that was the executive director of a program called the Urban League, which is a non-profit organization for students in the community. Learning about this organization made me gain interest in the major and minor that I have chosen to follow. The executive director told my parents and I about a program the offers a scholarship at the end of the program. The scholarship paid for my tuition at Western Michigan University. At that very moment, I knew the Western Michigan University was the one. During high school, I researched more about the university and started to gain even more interest for this school. Western Michigan University is far enough for me to get away from home but close enough for me to visit my family.

College life is GREAT!! I honestly see why a lot of my older friends that went to Western Michigan University (when I was still in high school) never came home! There is sssooo much to do and explore! You can honestly find out more about yourself and what it is that you would like to do for the rest of your life. I am on the executive board for two organizations here on campus that are building me into the women I am supposed to come. One of the organizations I am involved in is The Voices of Queen City which is a newly formed organization that helps build, equip, and empower young women to be the best that they could be. This organization has helped build me in my leadership skills and also as an individual. College is all about living, focusing and exploring. Staying on campus has helped me meet new people and new friends. Whenever I'm having a stressful day I go to my residence hall's lobby area and chat with my "neighbors" to help relieve some of the stress. If I'm not chatting with my friends or "neighbors" I'm either in one of the cafeterias eating delicious food or at the computer lab doing homework.

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Western Michigan University
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