by Jasmine Bentley
Twelve students from Erie High School went on a college visit on November 29th to Western Illinois University, or WIU. Among these students, there was at least one person from each grade level. The occupational diversity within the students helped to show the variety in majors that WIU holds. We toured the campus, ate in the cafeteria, and had a really good time.
When we first arrived at the campus, we listened to an hour speech about the school, how to get in, and all of the majors. There are two campuses. One is in the Quad Cities and the other, the main campus, is in Macomb, Illinois. On the Quad Cities campus, there are sixteen majors. A few would be Communication, Management, and Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.
On the main campus, there are over sixty majors and fifty minors. Some of the majors are Biochemistry, Sports Broadcasting, Bilingual/Bicultural Education, and Mechanical Engineering. A few minors that WIU offers are Neuroscience, Agricultural Economics, Fisheries, and Scuba Diving. There is more to do at WIU besides just going to classes and doing homework, there are more than 250 ways to get involved with the school.
Sports are a big deal for WIU, a few teams they have are baseball, men and women’s basketball, football, and volleyball. They are all Division One sports. You can also study abroad at Western: Haiti, Italy, and Spain are a few countries that have been visited in the past few years. There are also many job opportunities around campus that we noticed: desk assistant, librarian, and tour guide were a few.
Three interesting things about the Macomb campus would be the hotline, the night walkers, and the emergency help boxes. The hotline is a number that was created by the psychology students that is open from 8:00pm to 3:00am that students can call if they are feeling overly stressed or down. There are others students and adults that answer these calls and help the caller. The night walkers are a group of people that can be called anywhere on campus and walk students, that are afraid to walk alone, wherever they need to go. Even though WIU has a safe campus, this is a precaution for people who are afraid to be alone. There are over fifty emergency help boxes on the Macomb campus. People can push the button on the box and the campus police can be at that location within ten to thirty seconds. They have not been used much but it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
Freshman attending WIU have to live on campus. After the first year, students have the option to live on campus but do not need to. There are three freshman dormitories: Tanner, Henninger, and Bayliss. The upper residence halls are Corbin-Olson, Lincoln-Washington, Thompson, and Caroline-Grote. Most of the buildings rotate male to female on each floor. Corbin-Olsen does have a gender fluid floor.
Overall, WIU was a very interesting school with a lot of opportunities for its students. The campus was beautiful. The dormitories were good looking. The campus had a very relaxing and happy feel to it. I personally think that it would be a very good school to attend.