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The advice I would give to incoming freshmen is to open yourself up to all of the different experiences that college has to offer. Go out and try new things, join clubs, and meet new people. College is a time to break out of the shell you had in high school and figure out who you really are!
Hi, my name is Katherine and I'm a sophomore at Western. I come from a small town on the east side of Michigan called Attica. I graduated from Lapeer East High School in 2011. In high school, I was on the varsity dance team and was the captain for three years. I also played the flute and percussion, and was in symphony band, marching band, jazz band. Since I like to have a lot of things to keep me busy, I also participated in National Honor Society, Omni Council, recycling club, and class council. I'm the oldest of four kids in my family, and the first one to move out and go to college.
My parents actually first met here at Western Michigan University, and a lot of my aunts and uncles also attended this university, so WMU has always been a big part of my life. Growing up, my family made a lot of visits to campus and I would constantly hear stories from my mom and dad about their memories here. But, I didn't want to make a decision to go here just because of their influence, so in my senior year I visited a lot of other state colleges in Michigan. Upon touring all of the colleges I was considering, Western really felt like home to me, and it wasn't just because I had been there a lot with my family. I loved all of the opportunities they had available for me and I felt like this campus was the only one I could picture myself at. I also was admitted to the Lee Honors College here and competed in the Medallion Scholarship Competition, which also gave me more reasons for eventually picking WMU. I chose to major in public relations and minored in event management because I would like to work in the event planning industry after I graduate. I also added a minor in French after taking it for three years in high school.
Here on campus, I play for the WMU Women's Rugby team. It is a club sport, which means we play other colleges around us, and last season our record was 5-2! I'm living in the residence halls for the second year and I love the convenience of living on campus and the experience of staying in residence halls. Like I said, I'm also involved in the Lee Honors College and the National Society of Leadership and Success and I am also participating in Alternative Spring Break this year, when I will be travelling to St. Louis to volunteer for an organization that provides housing for the less fortunate.