As a child of immigrants and the first in my family to graduate high school, the process of applying to college appeared overwhelming. But when I applied to Western Kentucky University, its warm staff made the process simple and easy.
Unlike most prospective college students, I never visited WKU prior to my enrollment in 2008, nor had I even been to Kentucky. Yet, within days of arriving in Bowling Green I began to form a family at WKU that would last well beyond my graduation.
WKU exposed me to a range of diverse students from all over the globe. With a total enrollment of 21,000 students, there is something for everyone. I found my place in a number of top notch student organizations, the public relations department, and the gay-straight alliance. I was also able to get involved with the local community while gaining real world experience through the Spanish department and my job in local economic development at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
The most impressive part of WKU is the immense support students receive from faculty and staff. Regardless of the reason –research, employment, or graduate school– there was someone at WKU willing to help me. The support from WKU’s faculty and staff led me to work and pursue an MBA in Mexico City as a Fulbright Scholar, helped me win a Princeton-in-Asia Fellowship to the Philippines, and aided me in gaining admission to Harvard Law School.
WKU was the perfect mix between the resources of a large university and the intimacy of a small school. It helped me build my communication, leadership, and networking skills, but most importantly, it helped me realize my potential. I would not be where I am today without the support of WKU, and no matter where I go I will always be a Hilltopper for life.