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

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

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

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

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

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: Enhance Your College Experience, Community Impact, Getting the most out of 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: Enhance Your College Experience, Community Impact, Civic engagement, Criminal Justice

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

Change the World One Good Deed at a Time - The Peace Corps

Posted by Kelly Hart on Sep 6, 2017 12:48:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to see the world while helping to make a difference? Well, now you can while earning your degree with Westfield State University. The Peace Corps Prep program launches in the Fall 2017 Semester and is helping to promote peace, service and friendship throughout the world.

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Topics: The Westfield State Experience, Choosing the right college, Enhance Your College Experience, Peace Corps Prep Program, How to Make a Difference in College

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