Meet Stephanie

Meet Stephanie


  • Hometown: Manitou Beach, MI
  • High School: Addison High School
  • Year: Freshman
  • Majors: Speech Pathology

Stephanie's Advice for Freshman

Let’s be real: it’s your senior (or maybe junior) year in high school, and you’re ready to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! Your parents keep bugging you about what colleges to apply to, your younger brother or sister is driving you crazy, your sports schedule is cutting into valuable time with your significant other, your afterschool job is more demanding than you thought, and to top off your busy life, you’re having trouble keeping up with your schoolwork. You just want to leave high school and start a new chapter of your life. Sound familiar? Well congratulations, because you’re just like I was in my final years of high school! I wanted to graduate high school and immediately leave my humble abode for something that I’ve looked forward to for years: college.

My advice for all you people like me is to appreciate the values, morals, and knowledge your parents, teachers, whoever instilled in you because soon, you’ll be a college student and life is absolutely NOTHING like it was in high school. Yes, you have more independence but now, you have to deal with the pressures of a new reality called “I’m a poor college student.” Remember, nothing in life is easy. You have to work for what you want to be successful in life. And just think…the consequences of working hard will be rewarded someday when you receive your undergrad degree from WMU and you can exclaim: “I graduated college!!!

About Stephanie

Hello future Broncos! My name is Stephanie and I am from the small community of Manitou Beach, which is approximately 20 miles east of Jackson, MI. I graduated in 2010 from Addison High School with 86 students; so needless to say, I knew everyone in my graduating class. In high school, I was active in numerous activities including: Key Club, National Honor Society, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and Student Government. I was also involved in varsity softball and volleyball all four years of high school. This is my first year at WMU and I absolutely love it! I am majoring in Speech Pathology and plan to declare my minor in either Holistic Health or Elementary Education.

In the summer of 2009, I volunteered at a local hospital with the SPOT Program (Speech Pathology Occupational Therapy). This program was designed for children between the ages of 4-7 who have trouble effectively communicating with others. During my first week of volunteering with the children, I was introduced to the director of SPOT, who is a speech pathologist, and she persuaded me to look into the Speech Pathology program at WMU. After six weeks of volunteering, I was convinced that I wanted to become a speech pathologist and help others who have difficulty with speech production. My mom and I immediately started looking into colleges that offered Speech Pathology as a major and WMU was among the top nationally ranked universities accredited with a Speech Pathology program. I thoroughly researched other colleges in Michigan that offered Speech Pathology, but they didn’t compare to WMU’s outstanding program. I came on a campus tour in November 2009 and was accepted to WMU the same day! WMU is the ONLY college that I applied to because I was, and still am, convinced that Western is my home.

Currently, I live in Henry Hall, which is a community-style residence hall conveniently connected to the Bernhard Center and Bigelow Dining Hall. I went in blind with a roommate and WMU paired us well together based on how we responded to questions on our housing contracts. As a freshman at WMU, I am involved in a couple of Registered Student Organizations on campus including: InterVarsity, a Christian-based youth group, my social sorority, Alpha Phi, and my academic fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta. Academically, I made the Dean’s List last semester and was invited to be a member of Lee Honors College. What do I like to do in my free time? Well considering that I don’t have any free time EVER because of my schoolwork!…just kidding. In my free time, I like to play volleyball with my intramural team at the Student Recreation Center, watch episodes of CSI:Miami, and go shopping, of course!!

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