Bowling Green, KY
Western Kentucky University


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Anthony
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Western Kentucky University is a place where learning becomes a personal experience due to the professors and sense of commun...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Western Kentucky University is a place where learning becomes a personal experience due to the professors and sense of community.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time after all that I have learned about making the transition from high school to college and give myself advice I would tell myself to take as many college courses as I possibly could at the Eastern Kentucky University extension school that is located in my hometown. I say this because I now see that if I would have taken advantage of such a easily accessible source of education I could have accumulated more that 12 hours of college credit. This would have also helped prepare me even more for the challenges that presented themself to me over my first semester of being a student at Western Kentucky University. Another piece of advice that I would give myself is to take that classes at my high school that would best prepare myself for college. I say this because I now realize that the easy classes that I took in high school did not properly prepare me for such a huge academic transition. Both of these messages that I would strongly recommend to myself I believe would have made the transition from high school to college a lot easier.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about WKU is the time it takes for me to get to the majority of my classes. My dorm is located at the very bottom of the hill that WKU is spread across and almost all of my classes are located at the very top of the hill. This aspect of being a student at WKU is represented proudly by claiming the students as Hilltoppers, but I do not understand why almost all of the general education classes are located at the least technologically advanced, oldest, and most inconveniently placed building on campus.

Courtney
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, there would be better decisons made. I would tell mys...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, there would be better decisons made. I would tell myself to go to class and make good grades even if the work is easy. I would say even if you think that you dont need this class in the long run, it will still help you with your gpa, and in going to college. I would've signed up for alot of scholarships, instead of waiting until the last minute. There's plenty of money out there that I never paid attention to. I would tell myself to hang in there and it will all pay off in the end.

What's unique about your campus?

At Western Kentucky University i consider the best thing about my school, has to be the campus life. I feel very welcomed when I first attened the college. I feel as though it is a family oriented school. People speak when you walk by that you dont even know. That's what I think is the best about my college.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

When I tell friends about my school, i like to brag about the environment. It is very peaceful and i like the space of the buildings. The college in it's entirety is large. The buildings and droms are not close together. I have to say that's probably what I brag to friends about.

Rachelle
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Rachelle, Please stay true to your self. You have done a good job of this so far, but always remember it. Also remember that blood is thicker than water and your family will always be your family, but your friends will come and go. Don't let the little things get to you and enjoy the time you have in college because it will be over before you know it. Please, remember to work out, you are cheering anymore so you WILL need to stay in shape. Remember these things and you will have the best 4 or maybe 5 years of your life. Love, The Older Rachelle

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I feel as if our President of the university doesn't care about the students. He only cares about his image and what he will be remembered for doing, even if it spending all of the money on statues and renovating buildings that don't need it. We need that money to pay professors so that enough courses can be offered for the students.

James
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, I would tell myself to get off my bum and get to work on scholarships! The financial strain of college was more...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, I would tell myself to get off my bum and get to work on scholarships! The financial strain of college was more than I could ever imagine, and something that still haunts me to this day. In addition, I would tell myself to work on my organizational skills. College is quite demanding when it comes to being prepared, and I was simply not ready. I would need to learn how to manage my time, and quit procrastinating , as well. Life in college is fast-paced and there is no time for distractions when there is work to be done. Focusing on the task at hand would allow me to truly maximize the value of my time. All of this advice is precious, and I would hope that my stubborn past self would come to realize this.

What's unique about your campus?

The best part about Western Kentucky is the atmosphere. Everyone is very friendly and supportive of each other. There's always something happening, and everything is very clean. The campus is well designed, and facilities are always changing to accommodate the growing number of students. University activities are always fun, and it's great to participate in them and meet new people.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known the value of asking for help. Whether it's financial aid or simply advising, there are many people around campus who were willing to help me, and I didn't take advantage of that. I'm now squeezing every penny to make ends meet, and it is completely my fault. I wish that I had been more willing to accept the help of the advising staff; their knowledge and assistance is priceless.

Noelle
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My is school is home to me, with amazing people, great classes, and a wonderful campus.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My is school is home to me, with amazing people, great classes, and a wonderful campus.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Western Kentucky University is highly known for its Journalism program. Their program is one of the top in the nation. The program is known for its outstanding work and also the Mountain Workshops. Several students from this program have recieved many awards and recognition. Western's campus is also know for its beauty. Although it is a large campus it is a very clean campus with statues, gardens and beautiful buildings.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When I was in my senior year of high school I took everything so easy and in some ways I slacked off. I let my grades slip and GPA drop. I also did not take things such as the ACT very serious. I became a person that only wanted to sit at home instead of going out to games. I knew that I would be leaving my family soon and I dreaded it. When I arrived at school I had severe homesickness my first month of school that began to make me physically sick. If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a senior in high school I would tell myself to enjoy the time I still had in high school before it's over. I would also tell myself to be serious! Not to slack off and think that everything is going to always be handed to me. I have learned that even thought it might be rough it is all worth. I would prove to myself that collge will be wonderful and that I will do great, as long as I keep up the hard work.

Lori
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first piece of advice I would give myself as a senior would be to start on scholarship applications as soon as possible. ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first piece of advice I would give myself as a senior would be to start on scholarship applications as soon as possible. I waited until it seemed like all the deadlines to everything had already passed, making me feel trapped. Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Take time to explore. Definitely schedule college visits to as many places as you think you might want to apply. You might not know what you want now, but you should feel confident that you're making the right choice about the college you're going to attend when your college search is over. Once you find out what you want to do, don't give up. Don't back down from an opportunity to follow your dreams because you think you can't afford it. If your really want it, find a way, because you can. Above everything else, get involved in the campus community and enjoy the experience. College is more than going to class. It's also about making a lasting social network and finding yourself; don't forget that and you'll be gold.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known what other schools had to offer compared to Western. Keep your eyes open and don't limit your options for any reasons.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is serious about attending college, and has a pretty good idea of what they want to do after graduating should attend WKU. It's a very goal oriented school so knowing what you want is important. You should also be active and outgoing, because unless you know people at Western already, it can sometimes be hard to meet people, because it's a regional college.

Shayna
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I were to go back to highschool as a senior, I would definitely have tried harder in school. I would have gone the extra m...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I were to go back to highschool as a senior, I would definitely have tried harder in school. I would have gone the extra miles and been more enthusiastic about learning. It's a shame to think I wasted those years when I could have been making myself academically intelligent.

What's unique about your campus?

Most of the teachers I've had are the greatest. It's a unfortunate draw to get a teacher who isn't really into the students. I've never had a bad run in wth another student and they all seem to be good kids. It's not a bad school for a little town. We have great school spirit even though our football team is terrible and our science and journalism programs are the best!!!! :) :)

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Construction is extremely common at WKU. The institution has a knack to make itself bigger an better than before and that has pros and cons. Tip: Parking is awful all the time, especially for communting students. So go to class early.

Abby
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Along with their extrordinary broadcasting and photojournalism programs, Western Kentucky University is also known for its sc...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Along with their extrordinary broadcasting and photojournalism programs, Western Kentucky University is also known for its school pride. Students, teachers, and staff are so involved in WKU sports, clubs, intermurals, and arts. You see red towels, a major WKU symbol, flying everywhere. Each student is given one at orientation, and most students hang them up in their dorms and bring them to all the games etc. My high school was very proud, and not much seemed to change when I ventured into WKU.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Because I had to complete a large service project senior year, I hardly focused on college selection. I would tell myself to spend less time trying to get an "A" and more time figuring out which college fit me best. I heard about a full scholarship offered by WKU that I knew I could get with my ACT score and GPA, so I visited once and decided to go there. After spending a semester there, I realized it's not the place for me. I am still giving WKU another shot spring semester, but I would prefer to attend the University of Louisville. In order for this to happen however, I need another scholarship, though. I wish I had looked into my options more as a senior. Now I am stuck trying to find a way to finance college at UofL because I was too worried about grades when college mattered most.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish someone had told me the importance of reaching out of your comfort zone. I didn't know many people at WKU, so I hardly ever ventured out of my dorm room. As a result of this, I mae few friends and didn't fully experience my first semester of college. I didn't attend as many school events as I would have liked, either, so I didn't understand how much school pride exists on campus.

Delila
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could return to my senior year in high school, I would have a few things to say. Number one thing would be more importan...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could return to my senior year in high school, I would have a few things to say. Number one thing would be more importance on my education. I would be better prepared for college. Second thing would be to list to my parents more. Most seniors think parents are trying to control their lives. I now know they were trying to guide me. Plus, save money while working. You need it during for college...............................................................................................................................................Thank You Delila P.

Jordan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I were given the opportunity to go back in time and offer some insight into what the next two years of my life would hold ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I were given the opportunity to go back in time and offer some insight into what the next two years of my life would hold regarding the college life would be quite an extraordinary advantage that I would definitely like seize. The first thing that I would tell myself is that it is critical to manage my time wisely. I would tell myself to stay home and study rather than going out with friends. I would tell myself to finish all of the projects that I am given early in the semester so that I can use the last part of the semester to just study the material harder without having distractions and deadlines to hold me back. I would also tell myself to not miss any classes or lectures because it does in fact affect your memory of the material. I would also preach to my past-self the importance of listening and good note taking as well as reading the entire assigned chapters in my textbook. The last things that I would tell myself would be to choose roommates and friends wisely, and quite possibly the most important advice would be to maintain your values despite scrutiny.

What's unique about your campus?

I consider the emphasis that my school has on mathematics and sciences to be the best characteristic about it. As a soon to be secondary mathematics teacher, I appreciate what the school has done, financially to help out the department. I also consider the distinguished professors to be another of the greatest qualities about my school. Western Kentucky University is fortunate to have acquired such brilliant minds to help enlighten it's students.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Upon coming to this school, I wish that I had been better prepared to study hard and be more disciplined as a student. As an incoming freshmen, I was often lured into skipping my homework to go out with friends or some other activity. As I matured, it became clear to me that I had to devote more time to studying in order to maintain good grades and more importantly learn information that will be useful to m in my career.

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