One of the many changes that can come with starting college is living on campus; and that can come with some pretty big challenges. But luckily for students at Westfield State University, safety isn't one of them. That's because Westfield has recently been named the fourth safest college town in Massachusetts and ranked 27th in the nation, according to a recent report by SafeWise.
It’s your first semester at Westfield State and everything is going great. You’ve made a ton of new friends, joined a few clubs and already know your way around campus. There’s just one thing: You can’t decide on a major. Don’t worry. You’re not the only student out there facing the same dilemma. But that doesn’t mean you should start panicking and just pick any random degree. You might not know what you want your major to be, but you should know that you have time and options. Let us explain.
There is a lot to think about when you first get to college: how to find your way around campus, figuring out your class schedule, making new friends. But maybe the most important thing all first year students need to think about is a major. Figuring out your major early on helps determine what the next four years of your life at Westfield State University will look like. And for a lot of students, a major depends on the job market. That’s where we can help. Read on for our guide on how to plan for tomorrow, now.
Since graduating from Westfield State University in 2012, Michael Brill has been anything but static. For starters, he studied Arabic in Amman, Jordan, earned a master’s in Arab Studies at Georgetown University and is now a doctoral candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.
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Life after college. What will that look like for you? What job should you go to college for? How do you choose the right college? For most students around the country, life after college means finding a job. And how you find a job is determined by what you studied in school. While you may be familiar with the Criminal Justice Department or an English degree, there are two growing departments at Westfield State that are helping to fill high-demand positions in the New England area and around the country. But you might not have ever heard of them before now.
Let’s face it: Everyone is out there looking for a job. It’s a crowded market and each student offers their own unique set of skills to give them an edge over the competition. However, employers aren’t just looking for someone who can get a job done. They are looking for someone who can help grow their company; someone who is willing to learn and improve over time. But how do you demonstrate that on a resume? Well, continuing your education with an advanced degree is one way. Let us show you how.
College is a time to explore; make new friends, try new experiences, and figure out what you want to do with your life, which can be a lot easier said than done for some students. And if you’re one of the students struggling to pick a major or decide on a career path, you might feel unsure where to start. But that’s where the team at the Westfield State Career Center can help.
Right about now, most high school seniors are doing their homework when it comes to the future. That means deciding which colleges they want to attend and figuring out how they are going to pay for it. But what if the school is out-of-state? This can make some schools harder, or even impossible, to afford. But not for future Westfield State students.
You’ve made it! You’re officially a college student and your first week of classes is over. Now what? Well, a lot actually. But lucky for you, we’re here to break down a few key things you need to keep in mind about your first year of college.
For many students, college life means life away from home for the first time. And that can come with it’s own unique set of challenges like working through issues with your roommate or navigating a crowded dining hall. But with a few simple tweaks, you can turn a dorm room “don’t” into a “do!"