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The best advice I could give to students about picking a college is to visit campus-- take a tour, sit in on a class, and talk to the students. When I was making my college decision, during campus tours I would ask "Can I see myself enjoying the next four years of my life here?" Once you pick the college, the only advice I have is step outside of your comfort zone. Whether its an intriguing class you want to take, an organization you're not sure about joining, or even a Zumba class with friends, just try it!
Hi! My name is Nicole and I am a junior here at WMU. I'm grew up and went to school in Lawrence, Michigan, a small town about 45 minutes west of Kalamazoo. I am majoring in exercise science with minors in biology and chemistry. 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 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 in that major I decided that it wasn't for me, 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 major for me. Once I decided that I wanted to go to medical school, the minors in biology and chemistry fell into place.
Aside from the Lee Honors College, I have found that the best way to make WMU my home is through student organizations. I joined Phi Epsilon Kappa, a co-ed, professional fraternity for physical education and exercise science majors. I was a member of Future Leaders of Ackley/Shilling Hall and Residence Housing Association, and I am planning to join ExSci, our Exercise Science student group, and the American Medical Student Association this fall. I lived in the Honors Specialty Housing in Ackley last year, and am returning to the Residence Halls in Zimmermann this year. Living on campus has 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.