OWL Talks

The World is at Your Feet: Making the Most of Study Abroad

Posted by Anna Szczebak '20 on Jul 22, 2019 11:48:00 AM

So. You’ve had this amazing, life-changing adventure. You’ve studied abroad. But what do you do now? (Besides rave about it to anyone who will listen.) Well, as I learned at the Welcome Back Reception for returning study abroad students, there are countless ways to extend the study abroad experience back to life in the U.S. This is important information to know for people who have studied abroad and those who are considering doing so. After you travel across the world and back, the world is at your feet. Here’s how you take advantage of it.

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Topics: Study abroad, Enhance Your College Experience

Preserving The Art of Giving in Guatemala

Posted by Erin Doyle ’20 on Mar 13, 2019 11:16:00 AM

One simple lesson I was taught growing up was to put others before yourself. I did not know the true meaning of this lesson until my recent travels to Zacapa, Guatemala. Sponsored by Athletic Therapeutic Institute Physical Therapy and Hearts in Motion, I joined four other students from across the country on a service learning trip to a country we knew little about, Guatemala. We had one mission in mind: provide those in need with exceptional physical therapy and medical services.

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Topics: Study abroad, Experiential Education, Community Impact, Enhance Your College Experience

Live Your Dream: Study Abroad Options for World Education

Posted by Kelly Hart on Sep 20, 2018 11:17:00 AM

One of the most exciting possibilities open to students at Westfield is the chance to study abroad. Students can spend weeks, months, or even a full year in a different country where they can earn college credit, increase their intercultural understanding, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Topics: Study abroad, Choosing the right college, Getting the most out of your college experience, The Westfield State Experience, Enhance Your College Experience, Welcome to Westfield

Do I Need to Pick a Major In My First Year?

Posted by Kelly Hart on Sep 8, 2018 12:03:00 PM

Some freshmen are blessed with knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives. They have a plan, they know which departments to enter, and they can easily find resources on how to get where they want to go.

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Topics: Things college freshmen need to know, Choosing the right college, Getting the most out of your college experience, The Westfield State Experience, Enhance Your College Experience

Find Your People: A Rundown of Westfield’s Extracurricular Groups

Posted by Kelly Hart on Aug 8, 2018 3:33:55 PM



One of the best things about college is the opportunity to meet new people through shared activities. Campus groups, clubs, and teams are a great way to do it while enriching your academic experience.

Westfield State offers over 70 different clubs and organizations for students to choose from. Here’s a quick rundown of our groups and some important links you’ll need to get started.

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Topics: Student leadership, Getting the most out of your college experience, The Westfield State Experience, STEM, Enhance Your College Experience, How to Make a Difference in College, Welcome to Westfield, Incoming College Students

Afraid of the Freshman 15? Don't Be, We're Here To Help.

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jul 2, 2018 3:56:38 PM

The dreaded freshman 15. We've all heard of it, but don't worry, it doesn't have to come for you... what and how you eat are choices you make each and every day and we're here to help you make good ones. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of poor eating habits when you are in college! While there are many explanations for weight gain, the biggest problem is making poor dietary choices. We are here to help you avoid these pitfalls!

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Topics: tips for college freshmen, The Westfield State Experience, Enhance Your College Experience, Things to Know When Moving In to College, Incoming College Students

Regional Influence: GARP Program Steadily Contributes to Planning Efforts

Posted by Troy Watkins on May 3, 2018 3:05:00 PM

As the only public college in New England to offer a bachelor’s degree in regional planning, Westfield State has a solid history of educating and training successful planners that dates back to 1983. Key in this work by the Geography and Regional Planning Program—known as GARP—is the University’s connection to Tim Brennan, the executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC).

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

Trail Mapper: Stanley Park

Posted by Troy Watkins on May 2, 2018 11:40:00 AM

Hikers in Stanley Park are benefiting from the trail mapping efforts of Chelsey Pousland ’17, a recent graduate of the University’s Geography and Regional Planning Program, known as GARP. Thanks to her efforts, the trails in the park’s Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary have been accurately mapped, with signs at points of entry and trail maps placed in kiosks throughout the several miles of trails, encompassing some 100 acres of the 200-acre sanctuary property.

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Topics: Getting the most out of your college experience, Community Impact, Enhance Your College Experience

Around the World: China

Posted by Patricia Coughlin '18 and Isabelle Harker '18 on Apr 21, 2018 12:01:00 PM

In May of 2017 we were given the opportunity to step completely out of our comfort zone by traveling halfway around the world. Through the Go Global program offered by Westfield State University, we traveled from Boston to Beijing to begin our trip filled with unforgettable experiences, learning, and memories.

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

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