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Costa Rica: It's A “Pura Vida” Life For Me

Posted by Carly Thibodeau '20 on Apr 16, 2018 12:20:00 PM

I knew before I even started college that I wanted to study abroad, and where did not matter so much as why: I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and go somewhere I had never been, to experience something beyond the life I have known here. However, as an Education major with a very tight schedule, this seemed nearly impossible. I decided to go on the summer short-term Tropical Ecology trip to Costa Rica, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Though it sounds cliché, those two weeks changed my life.

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Topics: Study abroad

Circuit Coffee: A Place for Connection

Posted by Greg Sanocki on Apr 4, 2018 3:05:00 PM

Downtown Westfield’s newest coffee shop Circuit Coffee is more than just a spot for a pick-me-up, it’s a place for connection and it's owned by a Westfield State alumnus.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

What To Do In and Around Westfield State

Posted by Kelly Hart on Mar 29, 2018 11:01:00 AM

Each year, over 6,000 students spend time at Westfield State University. Lucky for them, the campus sits on over 250 acres of pristine New England landscape. There’s also 24 academic and administrative buildings plus 9 residence halls to spend time in. But what if students are looking to spend time off campus? Well, they won’t have to go too far.

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Topics: Choosing the right college, The Westfield State Experience

A Closer Look at the Criminal Justice Department at Westfield State

Posted by Kelly Hart on Mar 27, 2018 2:07:00 PM

When people think about “criminal justice” they often picture the police force, and while that may be true, the Criminal Justice Department at Westfield State prepares graduates for wide ranging careers that span the work force.

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Topics: Enhance Your College Experience, Community Impact, Civic engagement, Criminal Justice

Study Abroad - Crossing Through Costa Rica

Fifteen Westfield State University students took part in a two-week study abroad course to Costa Rica in January. The group was led by Biology Professor Tim Parshall, Ph.D., accompanied by Environmental Science Professor Michael Vorwerk, Ph.D.

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Topics: Study abroad

Safety And Security On Campus At Westfield State University

Posted by Kelly Hart on Feb 7, 2018 11:06:00 AM

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.

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What You Need To Know If You Don’t Know Your Major

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jan 12, 2018 11:03:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Career Services, Choosing the right college, Choosing your major, Incoming College Students, Things college freshmen need to know

Your Major and Planning for the Job Market of the Future

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jan 4, 2018 11:14:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Career Services, Choosing your major, Planning for Your Career

Where Are They Now? Alumni Stories with Michael Brill

Posted by Kelly Hart on Dec 22, 2017 2:03:00 PM

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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Topics: Alumni Stories

High-Demand Jobs and the Majors That Prepare You

Posted by Kelly Hart on Dec 19, 2017 1:07:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Choosing the right college, Choosing your major, Enhance Your College Experience, Getting the most out of your college experience, Sending your kids to college, Planning for Your Career

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