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Upcoming workshops help students adjust to college life

by Jeanne Baron

Sept. 8, 2011 | WMU News

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Tips to help you succeed in college.
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is again holding a series of free on-campus workshops this fall to help new students with their transition to college.

Called the Western Success Series, the workshops address first-year and transfer student issues, but all WMU students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The series begins with a half-day workshop from 12:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom that is being hosted by WMU's First-Year Experience Programs and Center for Academic Success Programs. That event will be followed by more than a dozen hour-long workshops to be held in the evenings Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 25-27.

Part of WMU's ongoing efforts to foster students' academic and personal success, the Western Success Series makes it easier for students to learn about WMU and navigate their first year of college.

The half-day workshop leading off this fall's series will feature:

Christopher Sell, WMU career development specialist in Career and Student Employment Services, will give the keynote talk. Sell, a 2007 alumnus, will share his firsthand experience about how to have a successful student career at the University.

The workshop sessions will be presented by professionals from such campus organizations as:

Session presenters will offer tips and advice for making a smooth transition to WMU, along with information about the multitude of resources available to help students make their time at the University a success.

In addition to serving as an advice and information source, the workshop will serve as a place where new students can go to get responses to questions and concerns that may come up during their initial few weeks on campus. Those initial weeks are a time when many first-year and transfer students feel the crunch of their first exams, begin thinking about their future plans, and try to find their niche at WMU.

Although not required, students are encouraged to pre-register for the half-day workshop by emailing Students who do will be allowed an additional entry into the prize drawing that includes an Apple iPad.

Pre-registration also is encouraged for the one-hour workshops slated for October.

Sampling of October workshop topics

For more information about all of the fall Western Success Series workshops, visit Questions should be directed to Sarah Hurd, graduate assistant in charge of the series, at or (269) 387-2547.