- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Journalism
- Gender: F
- High School: Grandville High School
- Transfer Student: N
For me, Western was the only place I ever wanted to go. When people ask me why I chose it though? I can't ever find the right words to explain it. From the first time I stepped on campus, I felt like this was my home. There's so much school spirit, especially at hockey games, and there's always something to do. The surrouding Kalamazoo area is an integral part of the Western experience as well. It's a great college town, but there are also places you can go where you forget that Kzoo is home to three colleges. The entire atmosphere at Western is charged with this energy, I feel it everywhere I go. I feel proud to call Western my home.
The Communications department at WMU is the one I've had the most experience with, and it's great. Of course, there are teachers I could live without, but one of my favorite classes at Western was in the Communications department too. It was my first semester here, and it was the first Comm. class I took, Communication Theory. I loved it! The professor was so energetic, and even though it was a huge lecture class, I felt like my prof. knew me. My other favorite class was in the women's studies deparment; Media and the Sexes. It too was a big class, but the professor was great about getting to know everyone. I still talk to him sometimes! Another thing that made those two classes so great was student participation. Of course, there are some classes where students hardly participate at all, maybe because it's too early, or because it's not that interesting, but mostly I've found that students are willing to share their thoughts.
I don't think there's a single person that would feel out of place at Western, unless they were intimisated by size. There's a group for every area. I thought that being a Christian would be difficult here, but there are so many religeous groups, I sometimes feel like I go to a Christian college! There are also a lot of sports, recreation, and political groups. There's really something for everyone. One thing I feel a little outnumbered about is the fact that I'm a Republican, and even though I know fellow Republicans, I definitely feel outnumbered in my classes, especially when the discussion takes a political turn. I think though, that any liberal arts college in America is going to be like that, so it's not really Western's fault.
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Sometimes the administration spends money on things the students don't think they should...like an ugly parking lot/garden thing.