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Freshman students, the best advice I can give you is to get involved! Life in college is so much more enjoyable and rewarding once you have found a group or organization where you can belong. Also, don't hesitate to put your best effort into your classes; you won't regret it!
Hello! I'm Mandi, and I am from Portage, Michigan; I graduated from Portage Central High School in 2010. In high school I participated in basketball, tennis, school orchestra, Junior Symphony, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and my church youth group. I guess you could say that I like my life to be pretty busy! In general, I love interacting with other people. This is my third year at Western Michigan University, and I'm definitely enjoying my time here.
Overall, my college decision process really stressed me out. I was overwhelmed by the number of choices I had to make, and I went on campus tours at several schools. For a very long time, I thought WMU was the LAST university I wanted to attend! It seemed way too close to home and too familiar, plus both of my parents went here. However, after exploring campus for the first time and actually having an opportunity to visit a class, I decided that WMU was the school for me! All of the professors I met went out of their way to welcome me and show that they cared, and the students were really friendly as well. One of the main reasons I chose WMU was because of their excellent Spanish program, since I knew that would be my major. I plan to major in Spanish and minor in math in order to become a teacher someday. I'll be studying abroad in Burgos, Spain, in the Fall semester of 2012, and I'm very excited for that - it's just one example of the opportunities WMU provides for students to broaden their horizons, enrich their college experience, and prepare them for the rest of life.
Living on campus is an awesome way to start your college career! Since I am from Portage, I had the option of living at home while attending college, but I chose to live in the residence halls on campus for the first two years at WMU, and I do not regret it at all. I love having so many friends to hang out with who all live really close to me! I would not have met nearly as many people if I had decided to live at home. Also, I am very thankful to be involved in a student group here called CRU where I have met some really great friends. I've been able to play on an intramural soccer team and run several 5Ks on campus, too. There are definitely enough activities happening on campus to keep me happy and busy.