Coming all the way across the United States, from California to Kentucky, as a junior transfer student made me completely nervous about what truly awaited me upon my arrival on The Hill. Would I fit in? Would the courses offered be too difficult? Would the professors care about my success, and be willing to be patient? Is it cold? And the list went on and on, until I arrived and attended classes my first week on campus.
All of these questions and more were answered. Walking around campus and attending classes, I quickly figured out that WKU is a melting pot of diversity. Individuals from all across the globe make up the student body and faculty. With such diversity how could I possibly be in the wrong place? I was made to feel right at home. Professors are very knowledgeable, passionate, and most of all concerned for my success in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. There is no shortage of effort to make learning fun, interesting, and powerful within the various classroom environments.
Would I fit in? The answer to that question is unequivocally, YES! Go anywhere, and ask anyone on campus for help with anything. Everyone has been cordial and more than willing to assist me in any way possible. Being a Veteran as well as a Non-Traditional Student, there is no lack of tradition by like-minded individuals reaching out to one another as well. Veterans of all branches have personal counselors, advisors, and financial assistance right at your fingertips to help you adjust to college life. Worried about being a non-traditional student just coming back to school or just starting? Don’t be! We fit right in, because everyone is here for a reason, and that is to learn, grow, and better our way of life through education. Personally, I have been able to meet some inspiring individuals here, and they will more than likely be my friends for a lifetime.
There is always something going on around campus, whether it is a school based sporting activity with everyone showing their “Big Red, Hilltopper” pride, or overwhelming amounts of students promoting their various organizations, or rallies to stand up beliefs and passions.
My transfer experience from my Community College in Southern California to Western Kentucky University has been way more than I could have ever expected. The classes are plentiful, the professors are dedicated, and the faculty always goes above and beyond to answer any and all questions. The diverse, warming atmosphere is welcoming to anyone from just around the bend, to those traveling all the way across the world. I have found nothing less than great comradery mixed with respect and a desire to learn from one another. I am proud to say that I have absolutely made the right choice, the only choice, the best choice, here at Western Kentucky University.