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College 101: A Parent’s Guide To Sending Kids Off To College

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jan 20, 2017 11:11:20 AM

College means change, and not just for students. Parents are in for their own challenges right after the kids graduate from high school. Being prepared is the key to an easy transition for both parents and students when the time comes to send your kid off to college.

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Topics: Choosing the right college, sending your kids to college

Game On! How sports help you get the most out of college

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jan 16, 2017 2:05:00 PM


Athletics at Westfield State go beyond what you’d find in your typical high school P.E. class. Quidditch, anyone?

At Westfield, sports teams are separated into three different categories: varsity, club and intramural. Together, all three form the Westfield State Athletic Department, which is overseen by Richard (Dick) Lenfest. Let's explore how to improve your college experience through sports.

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Topics: Getting the most out of your college experience, Athletics, College Athletics

Eat Local - Students' Favorite Restaurants in Westfield

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jan 10, 2017 3:17:00 PM

Two Rivers Burrito Company

Locally Sourced, Locally Served
by Brian Aurelio

Since opening in May of 2013 there has been a restaurant in downtown Westfield that has been gaining more and more attention.  Despite being located just a few strides from the downtown green on Elm Street, many people seem to pass by this place without a clue of its existence.  One of the most underappreciated restaurants in all of Westfield can be found at 36 Elm Street.  Two Rivers Burrito Company provides a unique family inspired dining experience that simply cannot be compared to anything else in Westfield.  Nowhere in Westfield will you find a burrito or quesadilla with as fresh and delectable ingredients as Two Rivers.  All of these ingredients, from the jalapenos to the guacamole are locally sourced whenever possible to support other local businesses.  Owned and operated by family and friends from Westfield, Two Rivers looks to restore downtown and the rest of Westfield to the glory it once held.

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Topics: Choosing the right college, Getting the most out of your college experience

Insider tips - Make the most out of transferring to a new school

Posted by Kelly Hart on Dec 21, 2016 7:10:00 PM

Going off to college can mean big changes for many students. But for transfer students, adapting to the changes can seem impossible. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you’re interested in transferring to a new school and what to remember once you get on a new campus.

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Topics: Transfer students, paying for college, Choosing the right college

Top tips! Ensure you have the support you need to succeed in college.

Posted by Kelly Hart on Dec 20, 2016 2:02:00 PM
We get it. College isn’t easy. And if you’re a student struggling with a learning disability or are the first one in your family to be enrolled in a university, just picking out your courses can seem like an uphill battle. But at Westfield State, students can find help all over campus. Let us show you how to ensure you have the support you need.
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Topics: Getting the most out of your college experience

Resources for Military and Veteran Students at Westfield State

Posted by Kelly Hart on Dec 8, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Veterans, military, guard, reserve and family members can face unique challenges at school. Between applying for benefits and mapping out a semester’s worth of classes, it can seem overwhelming. Let us show you how we can help.

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Topics: veteran resources, veteran students

3 things you should keep in mind when choosing your college major

Posted by Kelly Hart on Dec 5, 2016 5:19:10 PM
Remember how you always said you were going to be a firefighter when you grew up? Or maybe it was a doctor, or even a chef? Well, with the right major, you can. Whatever your passion is, there’s the perfect major out there to help you achieve your dreams.
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Topics: Choosing the right college, Choosing your major

State University Intern Incentive Program Helps Finance Student Success

Posted by Kelly Hart on Nov 22, 2016 3:44:17 PM

"I would just like to say thank you so much for the stipend from the State University Intern Incentive Program. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, I had the opportunity to intern with our Counseling Center. It was an amazing experience, one in which was challenging and provided great opportunities. Not only did I have a chance to participate in fun events such as "Recess" and my favorite "Fresh Check Day", I had the opportunity to work with the ICE program as well. I learned so much about myself and the field of social work and I couldn't be happier that I had a chance to intern for 16 hours per week at the Counseling Center. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity." Jade Seal

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Topics: Internships

Top Tips On How To Pay For College

Posted by Kelly Hart on Nov 16, 2016 11:46:36 AM

Whether you’re applying for scholarships or taking out a loan, there’s a lot to learn about paying for college. Let us help break it down for you.

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Topics: paying for college, Choosing the right college

Heading to college? Learn how to become a student leader!

Posted by Kelly Hart on Nov 8, 2016 1:47:59 PM

Classes are all picked out. The dorm room is unpacked. You even mapped out the fastest way to get around campus. What’s next? You might be asking yourself this a lot as you head into your freshmen year at Westfield State University. If you’re anything like thousands of our students, the answer might be “Get Involved!” Read on to learn about how you can become a student leader.

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Topics: Choosing the right college, Student leadership

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