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A piece of advice that I have to future freshman is to get involved on campus. Before I arrived here, I was one of those students who thought that I would just study, get my degree, and find a job. How wrong I was! The college experience becomes so much more rewarding by being active and involved on campus. This not only helps a person diversify themselves, but also allows them to gain experience that will be invaluable in future academic and professional paths. Another piece of advice that I can offer is to not let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. If you set your mind to something, and work hard at it, you can achieve anything.
Hello! My name is Matt Garvin and I am currently a freshman here at Western Michigan University. I am from Traverse City, Michigan and graduated from Traverse City West Senior High in 2012. I was an active member of the National Honors Society while in high school and was awarded the Kiwanis Club Student of the Month in December of 2011. I am a big outdoorsman and enjoy spending as much time outside as possible. I also read a lot about subjects such as World War Two and military history.
Back home, I worked several jobs related to the mechanical field. I worked as a hydraulic mechanic at GT Hydraulics, a frame operator at R&R Farms, and also as a line cook at Boone's Long Lake Inn. Thus, it is probably no surprise that the engineering field really called my name. After viewing Western's engineering program, I was sold. I knew that Western was where I wanted to continue my education. At Western, I am currently pursuing a degree in industrial and entrepreneurial engineering with a minor in finance. I am also honored to be a member of the Lee Honors College here at Western, and am amazed at all of the opportunities that this college offers. My dream career path is to obtain a job is an energy related management field.
As a relatively new member of the Western community, I was extremely shocked by all of the opportunities available to students. There is always something going on. The sporting events are extremely fun and I find myself going to more and more of them. It is extremely easy, and worthwhile, to get involved at Western Michigan University. I found that I am not just "another student" at Western. It is not difficult to see that the people here want me to succeed.