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For college, my advice is to keep the door open. While I mean it literally
for the first few weeks of school (it invites people into your room, and is
always a good way to meet new friends), keep the metaphorical door open for
the rest of college life. Be open to new experiences and knowledge-- get out
there, get involved, and always be friendly. You’ll never have such an
awesome opportunity for the wide array college offers, so enjoy it. I also
highly recommend Bronco Bash (moving in one week before class starts) so you
can get to know other people and have a fabulous time without worrying about
In regards to college and life beyond it, my advice is this: no matter what anyone tells you, follow your dream. Only you can stop yourself. And with that, I’m signing off! Good luck!
I’m from a small town just south of Grand Rapids that not too many people have heard of. Other than a giant chicken statue in the middle of town (and no, we’re nowhere near Frankenmuth), we don’t have that many remarkable landmarks. We do have a pretty nifty school, though. I tried to dabble in as much as possible in high school: I was in Student Council for two years, tried Yearbook for a year, and auditioned for the musical. It was in the last that I found my true passion: theatre. After my first production, I was hooked. I did every production after that year, and found a real family there. Those memories remain my favorites, and through that I figured out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I want to be in theatre, near the theatre, anything with the theatre, and hope to follow that dream here at WMU.
Aside from a school in Boston, I kept mostly in-state for colleges. What was important to me was to have a school that offered me the chance to follow what I love (theatre) as well as offering other options. Western fit perfectly-- not only because of their reputation in that department-- but also because they allow both incoming freshmen and current students to audition for the program. I hadn’t seen this in many of the other schools I’d looked at, and it was important to me. Even though I knew that theatre was my passion, I wanted my first year to adjust and try a little of everything before throwing myself back into that lifestyle. Now I’ve auditioned for the Theatre Performance program, and am waitlisted for the fall. I’ll audition once more if it doesn’t go through. WMU seemed like it could offer me the opportunity to use my first year as an experience year while at the same time permitting me a chance to go after my dream.
I lovelovelove Campus! It’s such a great place to be! I love being involved,
too…which is why I love working for SAP. I also am a new Theatre Student
so I’m finding myself spending a lot of time around there, and I also
had the amazing opportunity this fall to work with the International Student
Orientation. Not only did this help me showcase my love for Western, but I
got to meet people from all different cultures and make a bunch of new friends.
I’m just beginning to get involved with the International Programs Council--
where students from both the US and Abroad-- can get together! I’m so
excited to get more involved with this sector of WMU students, and doing pretty
much the same thing I get to do for Ambassadors-- have a great time with students
who are excited to be here at Western!