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If I were giving advice to incoming freshmen, I would keep it simple and say, always seek advice because it's a great way to network with people who you may need at some point and time and it prevents future mistakes. Also, never forget the reason you decided to come to college and even more so, Western. I know why I did, to become a Bronco!
Hey future Bronco's, my name's Maurice. I go by Moe as well. Although I'm a windy city native and my roots are definitely there, I have grown and blossomed here in Kalamazoo. My family moved here when I was in 7th grade and we've called this great city home ever since. Kalamazoo Central High School is the school I graduated from back in 2011, which if you didn't know, is the same school that President Obama delivered his commencement speech to in 2010.
Moving from the hustle and bustle of Chicago to the smooth sailing city of Kalamazoo was a rough one to deal with, but it actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise! While growing up here in Kalamazoo, it was really difficult not to notice the attractiveness of the great "Western Michigan University". It was also hard not to notice how well everyone in town treated the students from Western. I wanted that same honor. At the start of my senior year of High School I scheduled an onsite appointment with an admissions representative from Western and she told me right then and there that I was A Bronco!
I have a lot of love for Chicago and always will. Living in both Chicago and Kalamazoo and even more so on Westerns campus, is actually one of the reasons I chose social work as my major. Western is really diverse, with friendly and beautiful people who are easy going, polite and respectful. This is definitely a family oriented town and this campus is definitely a place to learn, grow, and succeed. As anyone will tell you Chicago can be a bit different. It is my goal to make every community as great as Western's, and I see Social Work as the closest major to helping me accomplish that goal.
Anyone with a Social Work major is always looking to get involved somewhere and somehow. I'm a member of the Lee Honors College and I'm the Community Service Representative for Hall Government, which is a great thing to be a part of while living in the residence halls. I'm also expecting to become a Resident Assistant soon. The rest of my time is usually spent volunteering with other organizations here on campus and just getting to know all of the other great Broncos!