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I lived in the Honors Specialty Housing in Ackley my freshman year, and returned to the Residence Halls in Zimmermann for my sophomore year. Living on campus helped me meet friends, take advantage of tutoring and professor's office hours, and really get involved in campus life. In my free time, I like to go see a movie downtown, workout at the Student Recreation Center, or watch a WMU athletic event with friends.
Hi! My name is Nicole, and I am a junior here at WMU. I am majoring in exercise science and biomedical science with a minor in chemistry. I grew up and went to school in Lawrence, Michigan, a small town about 45 minutes west of Kalamazoo. After completion of my undergraduate studies here, I hope to attend medical school and ultimately work in sports medicine.
For me, choosing the right college was a long process. I looked into several universities, but by the fall of my senior year I had narrowed down the search to five. I sent in my applications and attended several campus tours, admissions presentations, open houses, and scholarship competitions. At that time, I hadn't decided whether I wanted to study physical therapy or sports medicine. I was looking for colleges that I would enjoy living and learning at and that would prepare me for a graduate education. Growing up in a small town, I also wanted a college that had a smaller feel but all the academic opportunities-- research, organizations, and conferences-- to push me to be the best that I can be. That’s where the Lee Honors College stepped in. At the Medallion Competition, I learned what it meant to be a Lee Honors College (LHC) student and all of the benefits of the Honors program. Through enrollment in the LHC I could get all of the opportunities that a bigger university offers, with that same small community feeling. Then, I had to pick a major. I started out in biomedical science, thinking that that would prepare me for graduate studies in medicine or physical therapy. After my first semester, I decided that I wanted something more closely related to my future career goals, so I went to talk to my academic adviser. We talked about my interests and career goals and she suggested exercise science. After finishing my first semester of classes, I knew that I had found the second major for me. Once I decided that I wanted to go to medical school, the minor in chemistry fell into place.
Aside from the Lee Honors College, I have found that the best way to make WMU my home is by getting involved on campus. I am a member of the Exercise Science Student Organization. I am also the Western Student Association Representative for WMU's chapter of the American Medical Student Association. I am involved in undergraduate research, working on my Honor's Thesis, in Dr. Spitsbergen's Neurobiology lab. I have also worked as a Teaching Assistant for WMU's Organismal Biology course for the past year.