As a senior at WKU, I am 2,440 miles away from my hometown of Coos Bay, Oregon, and I am often asked why I chose to come to school so far away from home. After my first year of community college, I had completed the necessary requirements to transfer to a 4-year institution. There were several options in front of me, and there was pressure to stay close to home. I was hesitant to look at any schools out of state. As a transfer student, I had also heard of the difficulties other students had faced with other 4-year institutions when attempting to transfer their transcripts, existing credits, and dealing with financial aid. Fortunately, WKU made this transition incredibly easy and enjoyable. My application for admission, transcripts, and financial aid were processed quickly. The admissions office was also very helpful in answering any questions I had during this process.
During my first visit to campus, I felt very comfortable and welcomed; this visit cemented my decision to come to WKU. My experience at this university is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I can confidently say that the educators at this institution have given me knowledge that will be extremely applicable and useful when I enter the workforce. The most valuable lesson I can take from attending WKU is there is no limit for success. The student life and culture is one that will benefit every single student that decides to come here. With a diverse student body, WKU lives up to its vision of being a Leading American University With International Reach. The only negative aspect of attending WKU is that I only have one semester left before graduating, and I wish I had more to time to enjoy everything this university has to offer.