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I think that, as an incoming college student, there are some very important things to remember. First, keep an open mind! When coming to college, you will see thousands of new faces from different backgrounds than your own. These students will be classmates, roommates and potential best friends and soul mates. Get to know the people around you without hesitation. Also, involvement, involvement, involvement! The sooner you get involved, the more people you will meet and the sooner you will get comfortable with the campus. With that being said, it is also very important to keep organized! Remember that schoolwork should come first and the fun will follow! Good luck to all of you in your quest to become your best! GO BRONCOS!
Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey, and I am a sophomore at Western Michigan University. This is my first year on WMU's campus, (I transferred from our rival last year), but I know the area well, because I am a Kalamazoo native. I graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 2011 and couldn't wait to see what the future held for me!
Like any transition, the move from high school to college had its ups and downs. I was admitted into Central Michigan University the fall of 2011, leaving Kalamazoo behind me. However, about halfway through my first year at CMU, I wasn't happy. Don't get me wrong, the campus was nice and I made some life-long friendships. However, I couldn't ignore the feeling that I was ready for something different. That winter, I applied to Western Michigan University and was admitted the following fall. Wow, is all I can say! I finally felt at home with a group of students who treated me more like family than a friend. Everything started falling into place, but it took me awhile to get the hang of it. Soon after the transfer, I declared my major in elementary education and was on a roll toward success. The counselors that I met with were more than helpful when picking what I wanted to study and were very patient with me. The counselors here helped me to stay focused on my main objectives. I would suggest seeing academic counseling to any incoming student who is undecided.
Besides the fantastic academic help that WMU had to offer me, I was also greeted by thousands of peers who were interested in creating friendships and having a good time, both in and out of the classroom. Most of my closest friends I have met in my residence hall. These people have become more like brothers and sisters to me throughout the year, and we spend a lot of time studying together and goofing off during our free time, like catching a Miller Movie on a weeknight or meeting in the Bernhard Center for a cup of coffee. I am also a part of the Student Ambassador Program as of this year! It is such a great honor to be a part of this team, and more involved around campus!