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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
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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.

Living On Campus - The first time away from home can be a challenge. Adjusting to a life separate from family and close friends is always difficult, but now is the time to expand your horizons. Living in a dorm gives you the chance to break out of your comfort zone and get introduced to literally hundreds of other students all at once. Rooming with a complete stranger might sound scary, but thousands of students have done it before and no matter what, your RA is here to help you work through any difficulties you two might have.



Check out this video to learn more about campus life and see what other students like you are saying about Westfield State.

The First Steps - Every student’s experience at Westfield State will be different; however, there are a few things you can count on to be the same. No matter what, every freshmen will attend Convocation, enroll in specific courses and enjoy the book chosen as the First-Year READ.

Your Westfield State experience will truly begin at Convocation. That’s where you and all of the other First-Year students will gather before classes to meet each other, faculty and the President. Your classes are designed specifically for new students and are an opportunity to learn more about campus life, our different programs and the advising centers. Finally, everyone will get a copy of the First-Year READ, a book chosen each year for new students. You’ll get the chance to complete the book and even meet the author. Take a closer look at our First Year student experience here.

Getting Involved - If you’ve ever wanted to be a leader in your community, now is the time to do it. Student leadership plays an active role on Westfield State’s campus and takes on many different tasks. You can run for Student Government or become a Student Ambassador. These are great ways for you to not only make a difference in campus life, but also meet new people and make new friends during your freshman year. You’ll be working with other students who share your values, goals and interests—finding ways to bond and connect with one another will be easy.

Student Government Executive Council, Dec 2016

Here are some easy tips to become
Student Leader on campus.

Freshmen year at college is a time of big changes. New friends. New school. New “home away from home.” But the only thing you need to focus on is keeping an open mind and welcoming new experiences. Your time at Westfield State is just beginning and with a little help from us, you’ll have the best experience ever.

Dig into the Second Year experience here!

For even more on your First Year experience at Westfield State, check out these student resources and guides.

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

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