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Western Success Series

Western Success Series

Western Success Series

Dive into success head first with the Western Success Series.

  • October 25th, 26th, & 27th

Western Success Series Schedule

Western Success Series Schedule (printable PDF)

Tuesday, October 25th

7:00 PM-8:00 PM, Cramming, Reading, Studying, OH MY!, Room 211 Bernhard Center

7:00 PM-8:00 PM, Recipe for Success: Eating Well to Fuel Your Body and Brain, Room 212 Bernhard Center

8:00 PM-9:00 PM, Research 101: When you are not allowed to use Google, Room 213 Bernhard Center

8:00 PM-9:00 PM, Learning Outside the Classroom and Making a Difference, Brown & Gold Room Bernhard Center

Wednesday, October 26th

7:00 PM-8:00 PM, College Professors are NOT like High School Instructors: Coping Skills for the new College Student, Room 211 Bernhard Center

7:00 PM-8:00 PM, Beyond Our Borders: Planning Ahead for Study Abroad, Room 212 Bernhard Center

8:00 PM-9:00 PM, How to Be Academically Successful and Have a Real Social Life, Room 213 Bernhard Center

8:00 PM-9:00 PM, Decide on a Major? I’m still trying to decide on dinner!, Brown & Gold Room Bernhard Center

Thursday, October 27th

7:00 PM-8:00 PM, It’s not too late! (to get involved on campus), Room 212 Bernhard Center

7:00 PM-8:00 PM, Decode the Code of Conduct: Learn all you need to know to maintain academic and personal integrity at WMU, Room 213 Bernhard Center

7:00 PM-8:00 PM, Transition from Soldier to Student, Brown & Gold Room Bernhard Center

8:00 PM-9:00 PM, Decide on a Major? I’m still trying to decide on dinner!,Room 211 Bernhard Center

8:00 PM-9:00 PM, 30 Matters…How do I study that much?!?!?!Room 212 Bernhard Center

8:00 PM-9:00 PM, I Plan to be Financially Independent 101, Room 213 Bernhard Center


Are you a first year or transfer student who...

  • Needs help learning how to study at the collegiate level?
  • Struggles with time management?
  • Wants to be financially independent?
  • Is thinking of studying abroad?
  • Wants to take your learning OUTSIDE the classroom?
  • Cannot seem to understand research?
  • Is curious about the university's code of conduct, and how to stay out of trouble?

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Then the Western Success Series is FOR YOU!

The Western Success Series was created to make it much easier to learn and navigate your first year of college, with the number one goal being to assist you in being a successful student. As a first-year student, making the transition from high school to college may be challenging, but you can do it. This series is designed to help you gain knowledge and understanding of WMU.

It's completely FREE and you can win COOL PRIZES!

Individual Workshops


October 25th, 26th, & 27th
7:00 PM & 8:00 PM

*Choose to attend individual sessions based on your interests and needs.

What you can expect from participating:

  • That the information will be timely, meaningful and relevant to your individual need
  • That you will gain information, strategies and techniques designed to facilitate academic and personal success
  • That you will become more connected with the services, departments and individuals here to assist in your transition and adjustment
  • You'll have multiple opportunities to win cool prizes!
  • You'll be recognized by the University for taking a step towards SUCCESS at WMU!

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Workshop Topics and Descriptions


Cramming, Reading, Studying OH MY!

Is your approach to studying getting you the grades you want to earn this term and still allowing you to do everything you want to do?  This session will cover some techniques for success in your academics, including ways to make your schedule work for you.

How to be Academically Successful and Have a Real Social Life

Balance between academics and the social aspect of college life is important.  Attend this session and leave with information that will help you develop a plan to ensure balance between academics and fun.

Learning Outside the Classroom and Making a Difference

Learning inside the classroom coupled with learning outside the classroom offers rewarding and valuable learning opportunities. This session focuses on how integrating meaningful service learning into the curriculum can impact the quality of learning, while at the same time serving the community to make a difference. Additionally this session will provide information about how students can become involved in service learning at different levels. 

Research 101: When you're not allowed to use Google

“Western Michigan University is classified among the nation’s fewer than 200 research universities.”  Learning how to prepare research papers and projects early in your academic career will help to prepare you as you progress through the university.  Come and learn more about what research is… Also if you are currently working on a research project, please feel free to bring a draft of your work and you will have an opportunity to receive feedback.

Decode the Code of Conduct: Learn all you need to know to maintain academic and personal integrity at WMU

What happens when students forget or do not realize the consequences for not citing sources?  Submits the same paper for more than one class? Is suspected of academic integrity? Is guilty of violating the Student Code of Conduct? All students need to know and understand the Code of Conduct. When you leave this session you will have obtained information that will help you make the most appropriate academic and personal decisions as a college student.

Beyond Our Borders: Planning Ahead for Study Abroad

Is it too late for a transfer student to go on Study Abroad?  No.  Join us for a session on how to take your education across the border whether that is in North America or across an ocean.  The session will cover the steps necessary to make it happen.

College Professors are NOT Like High School Teachers: Coping Skills for the New College Student

Your professors are not your parents! Professors want students to be successful in their courses and, therefore, this session will clearly outline faculty expectations for you as a college student.

It's not too late! (to get involved on campus)

This session is for those that are curious or wondering about what opportunities are available to them to get involved. Studies have shown that students who are involved in co-curricular activities such as leadership development do better academically. So if you need some encouragement to break out of your high school friend circle, or just need a little push to try something new... come and check us out.

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I Plan to be Financially Independent 101

With a greater level of financial independence, college students sometimes accumulate a great deal of debt before graduating from college. Experts in financial literacy will help you to understand how you can begin accumulating financial independence while simultaneously understanding how to effectively manage your income/allowance to avoid over extending yourself financially.

Recipe for Success: Eating Well to Fuel Your Body and Brain

College students often sacrifice their well being for a variety of reasons. However, you will leave this interactive session having acquired specific strategies and activities for promoting health and wellness early in your college career. You will also learn about what programs, activities, and services are provided by the Student Recreation Center Program.

Decide on a Major? I'm still trying to decide on dinner!

It turns out that there is a process a first-year college student can go through to decide on the major that is right for them. The process includes gaining four kinds of knowledge: Self-Knowledge, Academic Knowledge, Occupational Knowledge, and Decision-Making Knowledge. We will help you get started!

Transition from Soldier to Student

Starting at WMU can be overwhelming for anyone. Starting at WMU after serving your country or while serving can be increasingly overwhelming. The office of Military and Veterans Affairs works with students to help adjust and learn about WMU. This session will answer questions and offer insight into navigating WMU as a current or former soldier.

If you want to graduate... 30 MATTERS!

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Sarah Hurd at sarah.e.hurd@wmich.edu or (269)387-2547

 

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