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If I had any advice to give to freshmen, it would be to keep an open mind. College has so much to offer, but so many people don't realize it because they are too afraid to hold a different perspective.
My name is Sami Barwick. I am 20 years old and a junior at WMU. I am from a small town on the east side of the state called Commerce Township, and I graduated from Walled Lake Northern High School in 2010. I am currently majoring in psychology with a minor in political science. I know, these two subjects have nothing to do with each other, but I am very passionate about both areas and I enjoy learning about them.
When looking for a college, I was never concerned about if they had my academic college considering I entered as an undecided major. I was mostly looking for a school with a beautiful campus and a spirited student body. I have always been very school spirited and show pride in my school. So that was a big component when coming into college. I also wanted a university that was small enough to where I wasn't just a number, but big enough to where I was constantly meeting new people. I tried avoiding going to WMU because my brother was a student here, and I didn't want to go to the same school as him. But when I came to visit campus on my own I found that Western had all of the qualities I was looking for, and I felt very comfortable on campus.
When I was in high school I was very involved, and I wanted to continue that same involvement in college. My freshman year I became president of my hall council and became very involved in my residence hall. Sophomore year I decided to go Greek, and that's when I joined my sorority: Alpha Xi Delta. I also love to volunteer for different things on campus and currently have two jobs. One: as a student ambassador and Two: as a first-year seminar student instructor, where I help first-year students acclimate to college life. Being heavily involved with things on campus has made a huge impact on my college career, and I would highly suggest for everyone to get involved with something whether it's big or small.