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Mary Davis
Mary Davis

Graduation Date: 2014
Major/Program: Secondary Education, Social Studies
Minor: History
Hometown: Trenton, MI
Describe WMU in three words:
Welcoming. Close-knit. Wonderful.

Why did you choose WMU?
I remember the feeling of fitting in the second I walked on campus for my first tour, and it only continued to develop the more that I visited WMU. With foundations as a teacher’s college, the education program here is also fantastic.

Favorite aspect of the University: 
I really appreciate how Western does its best to get every student involved in the community as a whole in conjunction with the university. It was extremely beneficial as a freshman because I wasn’t familiar with the Kalamazoo area at all.

Helpful experience at WMU: 
I think welcome week for the incoming freshman is a really helpful experience. It was a great way to become familiar with campus and all of the services available to students during their time here. It also provides time to meet people and make friends before classes start.

Favorite faculty/staff member?   
This isn’t fair! I work in an office in the College of Education and Human Development with some of the kindest, funniest, most wonderful people that I have encountered in my time here. All of them are my favorites.

Greatest accomplishment in life so far: 
I think my greatest accomplishment is related to being a student here. I was one of twenty students (out of a total of over 700) that was chosen as a recipient of the Medallion Scholarship from WMU, which truly changed my life. It is something I will always be able to look back on and be proud of.

Favorite Movie:
I am part of a family full of movie junkies, so this is a difficult decision. At this point, I would have to say Across the Universe. It’s a fairly recent musical that was written completely based on music from the Beatles.

Favorite Kalamazoo Hangout:
On campus, I love Miller Plaza when the weather is nice either in the spring or fall. In Kalamazoo, I really enjoy going to the Strutt to grab coffee or see local musicians play. The atmosphere there is really laid back, and it reminds me of a coffee shop near my hometown.
Favorite book:
It would have to be a tossup between Someday, Maybe by William Stafford and Please Don’t Kill the Freshman by Zoe Trope. Someday, Maybe is a collection of poetry, and Please Don’t Kill the Freshman is a beautifully written memoir of a girl’s time in high school beginning with her freshman year.

What is the funniest thing you've witnessed at WMU? Every day that I spend with my close circle of friends is an entertaining experience. Together, they’re some of the most random, spontaneous, and all around silly people that I’ve met in a while. They have the ability to make me laugh until my stomach hurts at any time.