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Meet Shelby B

Meet Shelby B

Shelby BBackground

  • Majors: Vocal Performance
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Portage, MI
  • High School: Portage Northern High School

Advice for Freshman

Get involved in events around campus so you can meet great friends and people! But, also study hard and keep your grades up to get perks like housing benefits or making the Dean's list!

About Shelby B

Hi, I am Shelby Bishop. I am from Portage, Michigan; which is about 15 minutes away from WMU. Portage Northern is the high school I attended. I am a sophomore here at Western Michigan University and am studying vocal performance for my major.

When I was considering colleges I only visited two places. However, I only took one tour, and that was at Western. I looked at some websites and pamphlets of other colleges. But, as soon as I was on WMU's campus, I knew it was the place I was meant to be. See, I thought that some of the other campuses, like Michigan and Michigan State, were too big for me. Western was just the right size. It has the big campus feel, but has the smaller community feel when in my academic college. Also, I attended a summer music camp at Western, which allowed me to get a feel for the campus, facility, and professors, which I loved everything! So, that also gave me strong feelings towards coming here. In addition, everyone at WMU is so friendly and school spirited, that it feels like the place to be!

There are many different activities for students to get involved in on and off campus. There are over 300 different resident student organizations (RSO's) to get involved in, ranging from the squirrel club to campus activities board. There are Miller Movie Nights, which are $1 movies held in Miller Auditorium, that are movies that have just come out of theaters, but not to rental yet. Also, there are many different concerts, plays, recitals, and musicals that are constantly going on if you want to see a great show! Additionally, there are art hops that you can look at local artists artwork all around downtown, which occur about once every month and even festivals that take place downtown. There are so many things that you can find to do, that you should never feel bored!

I currently live in the residence halls. I believe that it's a great plus to living on campus because you are closer to all of your classes and events that take place on campus. Also, you meet lots of great people. In addition, you have specialty housing, which may have tutors, practice rooms, or extended quiet hours, depending on where you are living. These specialty housing options also connect you with more people that you are likely to share interests with and similar majors, which helps when you need help in a subject!


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