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Coming to college you really can be who you want to be. There are so many different ways to find your niche within different student organizations and academic programs! Really take the time to figure out what you love, and once you figure that out, go after that love with a passion! Go Broncos!
Hello! My name is Nicole Haase and I am a junior at Western Michigan University. I am originally from a small town in Muskegon, about an hour and a half away from WMU. I graduated in 2010 from Fruitport High School.
The college search is always a very exciting yet also a very nerve wracking process for students. I was interested in three different universities, Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and Western Michigan University. I visited all of these three schools because I knew that was the only way that I could choose the correct school for me. My first two visits were mediocre, I couldn't really envision myself at those schools, and it wasn't until I visited WMU that I really was excited about going to college and starting that next chapter in my life. I have changed my major two times in my three years at WMU. I came into the University as a special education major. Then, halfway through my first year I decided that I wanted to switch and go into speech-language pathology and audiology. After being accepted into the undergraduate program my second year here at the university, I decided once again that I had found a different niche for myself. I am now going into organizational communication, planning on getting my Master's in Higher Education Student Affairs and Leadership, with the end goal of working with university programs.
The time you spend outside of the classroom being involved in extracurricular activities is just as important as the time that you spend inside of the classroom, in my opinion. Right from the start of my freshman year I knew I wanted to be an involved student. I joined my residence hall's hall council, and also joined the Campus Activities Board which brings all of the entertainment to campus. I also went on an alternative spring break trip my freshman year, and went to a city in the United States with 8 other WMU students and did volunteer work for the duration of our spring break. I also got an on campus job, within the Student Ambassador Office, making phone calls and giving campus tours to help connect potential students with the University. Throughout my second year, I became more involved with Campus Activities Board and became a site leader for alternative spring break and led a trip of students to Philadelphia, PA to volunteer. I currently in my third year have stepped up even more, joining the executive boards of both CAB and ASB. I have also lived in the residence halls for two years, and wouldn't trade those two years for anything. I made some of my best friends in college within my residence hall and I know they will be my friends forever!