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My advice for freshmen is to talk to as many upper classmen in your major as you can. They've been in your shoes and can give you valuable tips on what classes to take, which professors are the best, and what to expect throughout the year.
Hey! My name is Taylor. I'm from the small town of Paw Paw, MI , which is only about 45 minutes from Kalamazoo. I graduated high school in 2011, and I'm a sophomore here at WMU. In high school I was involved in Varsity soccer and golf, Peace Jam, SADD, and choir.
When it came to deciding where I wanted to go to college, Western was always been my top choice. In high school I went to as many college presentations as I could. Western really stood out to me. The nursing program here is phenomenal, and Kalamazoo is a really student friendly town with three colleges in the area. I took a tour of the campus and fell in love with it. Western is big enough to let you know you're at a major university yet you don't feel like just a number.
Even though I lived close enough to drive to class every day, I chose to live on campus my freshman year. I went in blind and lived in the honors community of Ackley Hall. Living in the residence halls makes you feel like part of your own little community. Western essentially becomes your backyard. You're also first to hear about all the fun activities and events going on around campus. There are constantly opportunities popping up to get involved like highlighter parties and ice cream socials. In my free time I enjoy going into downtown Kalamazoo to see movies and explore with friends.