GEAR UP Wyoming at Western Michigan University

GEAR UP Wyoming students ventured south last week to visit Western Michigan University’s main campus and to speak with business and engineering students about academic programs and campus life.

At the Haworth College of Business, the rising juniors learned about paid internships, the importance of networking through participation in student organizations and honor societies, the competitive advantage of being globally engaged, and how the career center can help with resumes and dressing for success.

An admissions officer explained the application process and outlined available scholarships to incoming freshman who submit Early Action applications prior to December 15.

The GEAR UP cohort considered how engineering impacts daily life as they peered into research labs in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. WMU undergraduate and graduate students test football helmets for safer designs, develop road composites to withstand Michigan traffic and weather conditions, relay specifications to and from NASA for satellite construction, and invent more biodegradable paper products to reduce plastic consumption.

The trip to Kalamazoo provided a mid-week pause to the Dollars & Sense Camp at WMU’s downtown Grand Rapids campus at Ionia and Cherry. Staff from the Sanford Center for Financial Wellness led students through steps to create a life-cycle financial plan including how to pay for college.

This week GEAR UP cohort students will have the opportunity to visit Michigan State University in East Lansing.

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