Sophomore Zoe´ Jackson, 20, a journalism student, seriously considered leaving Western Michigan University after her freshman year. She wasn’t getting into the classes she wanted for her major as quickly as she wanted, so she considered leaving for Michigan State University. But mentors, friends and extracurricular activities convinced her to stay.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 40 percent of college students don’t complete their degree program, so it’s definitely not unusual for students like Jackson to feel this way.

Western offers first-year students 19 different extracurricular activities, excluding sports, according to, giving those freshman plenty of opportunities to join and make friends, as well as many different living options.

By Stephen Konecny


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