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Hey guys! I am Ronnie Stephenson, and I am a freshman here at Western Michigan University. I am a social work major with minors in gerontology (which is the study of aging) and alcohol and substance abuse studies. I went to Onsted High School, which is in Onsted, and graduated in 2012. It is a small town forty minutes south of Jackson Michigan.
When I was looking at colleges, I looked on websites and did tours. When I went to college campuses, I was looking for a college that felt like home to me. Western, which is a heads up, very friendly campus atmosphere, won my heart over. And on top of that, they offered a scholarship program for children who were in foster care, called the Seita Scholar program. I first started off in the pre-nursing college and started my nursing classes in fall of 2012. I quickly found out that I wasn't very good in chemistry and nursing was not what I wanted to do. I sat down with the career center here at Western and figured out that I wanted to go into social work and help my community.
Here at WMU, I am involved with the Seita scholars program which holds many events and also welcomes non-foster students into their office. I am a part of the Red Cross Club and volunteer at blood drives around campus. I am also the event planner for Foster Youth for Higher Education, a student registered organization. I live in the residence halls, and am involved in a lot of the activities that go on there. Everyone is very friendly, and that is where I have made most of my friends. In my free time, I sometimes go to events on campus, such as leadership retreats and movies on campus.