So, you’ve made it through your first year and now you’ve got this whole “college thing” down, right? Well, it can certainly feel that way. But your Second Year is the time to challenge yourself. It’s the time to start focusing on new opportunities to learn and grow as a student and as an individual. Read on for our guide to making the most out of this year at Westfield State University.
Welcome to Westfield State University! You made it; you’re officially a college student. Now what? Your first year at school can be exciting, overwhelming, confusing, amazing and challenging. There’s a lot to take in between all of the classes, students, and faculty. Lucky for you, we’re breaking down the Westfield Student Experience and giving you a guide to each year. Check out our tips for college freshmen and what to expect during your First Year, below.
Whether you’re a commuter or resident, campus safety can be one of the biggest concerns for any student. But campus safety is a job for more than just law enforcement.
There’s more to learning at Westfield State University than what’s being taught in your classroom. Take a trip outside of those four walls and learn how you can get onsite job training, earn school credits and meet potential employers through experiential education programs.
We get it. Choosing a major can seem impossible; especially if you’re unsure about what career you want. But picking a major doesn’t mean you’re stuck. Often times, one major can you lead you down multiple career paths. At Westfield, our career counselors can help you choose the right degree for you.
Traveling abroad can seem impossible for some students; taking time off from school, paying for hotels, being alone in a foreign country. But for other students, the world becomes their classroom. If you are interested, studying abroad can really enhance your education. Read on for our tips on Studying Abroad with Westfield State University.
Failing classes. Wild roommates. Freshmen fifteen. These are just some of the fears that every first-year college student has to face. Trust us, we’ve been there. Read on for our tips for college freshmen and how to handle everything from a few bad grades to feeling homesick.
The Fall 2016 semester brought the beginning of the Westfield State Honors Mentoring Program. Despite formally starting in the fall, the program’s impact on students began over the summer. Olivia Barbeau, a first-year student in the Honors Program, said, “the Mentoring Program has helped me to adapt better to the Westfield community since I was able to text my mentor all summer. I liked that I got to know a familiar face on campus before I even got here.”
For me, one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a college was the study abroad options. Once I explored the endless possibilities for studying abroad offered at Westfield, I knew it was the right place for me. Freshmen year, I jumped right in and joined the short-term course to Nicaragua and, cheesy as it may sound, it changed my life. Spending our days digging and moving cinder blocks, it seemed that the more I sweat and worked, the deeper I fell in love with Nicaragua. In the afternoons, we introduced some of the children at Nueva Esperanza school to educational games on tablets. As a Special Education major, this part of the day was always my favorite and I loved every second of my time spent in the classroom. Two weeks in Nicaragua was not enough time and in my heart, I knew I would return.