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Hailee Bernard Class of 2019

"Going to college and being by yourself may seem scary, but you’re not really leaving your family, you’re making a brand new one. You have so much more support here. You get to learn independence and responsibility. Your teachers work with you SO much.”


 

Hailee's Story

When I was applying to different colleges, I had my heart set going to a school with a So Cal beach vibe. My dad had this rule, I could apply anywhere in the entire world as long as I applied to WKU, because that’s where he went. I toured several schools, but I never felt that spark, even at the "dream schools" that I had researched and loved. During the WKU tour, while we were at the bell tower, our tour guide said “right here is one of my favorite spots. You can see the football stadium. In this grass field, you’ll always see someone playing Frisbee. You’ll see the Rugby team practicing. On football game days, this whole grass area is filled with tents and everybody is tailgating. This is where everyone loves to be.” I had never felt so connected to a campus. I immediately fell in love. Right there, I said to my dad, “I think I’m going here.”

 
At my high school, I never really found where I belonged. In college, not only have I found my group that I really get along in, I found it in multiple places. Everyone welcomes you with open arms. No one really cares about your life in the past, they accept you for who you are. I really love that here, because coming from the other side of the country, I was really nervous about being different, and that hasn’t been the case at all.

 
Going to college and being by yourself may seem scary, but you’re not really leaving your family, you’re making a brand new one. You have so much more support here. You get to learn independence and responsibility. Your teachers work with you SO much. I had the best history teacher that worked with me every step. You’re going to be able to network and meet so many great people that can help you do what you want to do with your life. I think that’s one of the greatest things about going to WKU, you learn so much from the different people you meet.

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