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A Look at the Westfield State Experience: First Year

Posted by Kelly Hart on Mar 29, 2017 6:49:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Getting the most out of your college experience, First Year, tips for college freshmen, The Westfield State Experience

Looking Back on the First Semester of the Honors Mentoring Program

Posted by Kaitlyn Amuso on Feb 15, 2017 2:24:00 PM

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.”

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Topics: Honors, Student leadership, Getting the most out of your college experience

Study Abroad: Living with Neighbors

Posted by Jess Hanam on Feb 13, 2017 1:07:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Study abroad, Getting the most out of your college experience

Westfield's Great Downtown Businesses Offer Much to Students

Posted by Kelly Hart on Feb 9, 2017 11:10:00 AM

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

Why Choose A Liberal Arts Degree?

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jan 27, 2017 4:13:00 PM

Asking a bunch of high school seniors what they want to do for the rest of their lives can be pretty tricky. On the one hand, they are about to start a brand new chapter in their education that will hopefully set them on the right path for years to come. On the other hand, they're still trying to figure things out. How could they know what degree they will want to hold in four years or what job they will want to spend the next forty years doing? Opinions, needs, and likes are constantly changing, and so is the world. What is a highly sought after job today might not be that in-demand tomorrow. That’s where the benefits of a liberal arts degree come in.

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

The Great Balancing Act - How To Manage Work/Life Balance In College

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jan 26, 2017 3:15:00 PM

Between a busy social life and an even busier academic schedule, it can seem like there isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done, especially during your freshmen year. Here are some of our tips for college freshmen for staying on top of your to-do list and still getting in a little “me time.”

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

What it Means to Me to be a Westfield State Owl

Posted by Nate Barnes on Jan 18, 2017 7:08:00 PM

Let me be the first to tell you that my decision to come play baseball at Westfield State was one of the best decisions I have made. As a senior in high school, I always dreamed ofbeing an athlete in college and playing baseball at a prestigious institution with the hopes of getting looked at to play after college. Oh how small-minded I was at the time! When things fell through at other schools I was looking at, I decided to go to Westfield State in the fall of 2013 to further my education and baseball career. What I did not know at that time was the amount of character I would develop and the long-lasting relationships I would build throughout my tenure here.

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

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

Developing Presentation Skills at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference

Posted by Woody Woodger on Jan 12, 2017 4:03:00 PM

Imagine a ballroom packed with undergraduate students flanked by their research posters. The room hums as students discuss topics ranging from cellular biology to electoral politics to creative writing. At the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC), held each April at UMass, Amherst, Westfield State students joined more than 1000 of their peers from across the commonwealth for a day-long exchange of research and creative work. Of the 48 Westfield State students who participated, many are members of the Honors Program; quite a few were first-year students.

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Topics: Choosing the right college, Getting the most out of your college experience, Working with Our Community

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

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