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My best advice is to GET INVOLVED! Western has so many opportunities that can really make a difference in your college experience. Keep your eyes and ears open and your possibilities are endless. College is the best four years of your life; make them count.
Hey! My name is Kaitlyn, and I'm a junior here at WMU. I graduated in 2010, and it's hard to believe that I am already in my third year of college! I was actually born in Chicago, but consider Muskegon to be my hometown because I've spent more than half of my life there.
In all honesty, Western wasn't even a blip on my college radar. I considered it to be my "back-up school" and boy, could I have been any more wrong? I randomly signed up to attend one of the Open Houses with my mom and one of my friends and we LOVED it. After going to a couple of other universities and seeing what it felt like to be on their campuses, I finally found a campus that felt like home. Western didn't treat me as a number by any means and I truly felt listened to. One of my favorite things about the university is how President Dunn encourages a "heads up" campus. He wants us to be social and interact with each other and he does the same! Western is a school that reflects the same positivity and friendliness that I try to apply in my daily life.
I took a round-a-bout way to my major. I started out as a Pre-Nursing student, and sometime during fall semester of my sophomore year I figured out that I really don't like hospitals. I couldn't stand the idea of being a nurse and started to search out other options. In my head I went through 4 very different majors: dietetics (which lasted about 2 weeks), journalism (maybe another 2 weeks), psychology (still toying with the idea, thus why it's my minor), and finally someone told me about Occupational Therapy. I shadowed a couple people and figured out that it was exactly what I wanted to do for my career. Since finding my major, I love all of my classes and am so very happy to eventually start my career.
I am actively involved with a campus ministry known as Campus Crusade for Christ, also known as Cru. I became involved in a small Bible study my freshmen year and now am leading one of my own. I am also involved in SOTA which is our Student Occupational Therapy Association. SOTA has helped me a lot to truly love and become involved with my major.
One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is go to the sporting events. I love getting together with a group of friends to go to the hockey games (LOVE hockey) and we usually go out to eat in Kalamazoo afterwards.