It is up to you to make the most of your time at school. The opportunities to be great and do things that are personally meaningful and fulfilling don't just happen, you have to reach out. So join a club, play an intramural sport, get involved with a student council, or even form a study group with your floormates or classmates.
I joined the Western Mustang Band so I could meet people who loved being in high school music programs but weren't necessarily taking music courses, though there were plenty of students studying music looking to get in on the school spirit too! It was a really wonderful way for me to help spread Western pride across campus and beyond, and many of my fondest memories of my time at Western were with the WMB. I also worked on campus and joined my graduate student council, so my extracurricular time was pretty busy.
I never forgot to study and hand in my assignments on time though! Speaking of academics, get to know your professors and teaching assistants: they're there to help you! Take the time to talk to them about your concerns and your questions, these people are experts and are passionate about their fields. Furthermore, it's important to make contact with them since they'll be invaluable references when you apply for graduate work or that first 'real world' job.
There's a sense of pride that comes with being a Western graduate. Whenever I talk with a fellow alumnus, no matter how long ago they graduated, there's always a moment when their face lights up as they begin to reminisce about their days on campus. That's really one of the best endorsements I can give Western: all those who are about to start their Western journeys in September have no idea what an amazing journey they've started.
-Kristen Wylie, BA '07, MLIS '09