Western Kentucky University

Success at WKU

Success at WKU

After completion of your first year I am sure there are many resources you are taking advantage of at WKU. These resources hopefully provided support to you through your first year and allowed for your educational experience to reach high levels of success. Learning is something that doesn't stop when you walk out of the classroom. You are always doing it. Take advantage of some of the services and ideas offered on this site to make your experience at WKU as successful as possible.

Get Involved Outside of the Classroom

Job and Internships

Balancing academic work load and personal load is sometimes a difficult juggling act. For many students, however, they need to work while attending WKU. It is possible during your first year on campus you had an on-campus job or maybe you worked in the Bowling Green community. Whatever the avenue you chose, make sure you are balancing all aspects of your life well while remember your education needs to be a high priority.

While at WKU many students are searching for their majors and minors but many are trying to figure out what they will do once they join the professional work force. Sometimes there is no way to know if you like something until you do it. Work with your academic advisor, the Career Services Center advisors, your faculty, or possibly your department for ideas or suggestions on possible jobs or internships that are available.

Research

The Spirit of Research and Creativity at WKU is inspired by faculty who encourage students to ask questions and to find new ways to look for answers. Hopefully during your first year you were able to connect with a faculty member regarding research and your participation in it. If not, WKU has many options to consider when thinking of research. Take a look at the WKU Office of Research to find resources of what is available for WKU students. Contact this offices for specific questions.

Study Abroad and Study Away

The Office of Study Abroad & Global Learning at WKU engages WKU students, faculty, and staff in diverse, educational, and cultural experiences through faculty led, exchange, consortia, and other study abroad opportunities. Don't push the decision to study abroad away another semester. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and contact Study Abroad today!

Study Away provides off-campus for-credit learning opportunities. Focusing on partnerships in creative learning, Study Away extends the classroom beyond the campus borders to increase a sense of citizenship and enhance American cultural understanding. Contact Study Away for more information!

Volunteer

The ALIVE Center at WKU is committed to helping students, faculty, and staff as well as surrounding community members find resources and opportunities for meaningful service and engaged scholarship. It is the hope fo the ALIVE Center staff that students will engage in successful applied-learning opportunities and work to improve the quality of life by acting as a public problem-solver and effective community-builder.

Become Connected with Others at WKU

Get to Know Your Academic Advisor

After your first year you should know your advisor is part of your education journey at WKU. Until a student has completed 90 hours and has an Application for Graduation on file with the Office of the Registrar, students must meet with their advisor. During these meetings, students should consider more than just class selection. Talk with your advisor about classes, internships, study abroad and away, and anything else academically you may have questions regarding.

Communicate with Your Faculty

Some of the best relationships a student can form at college are with the faculty teaching them in the classroom. Just as faculty have passion toward an educational field, students do as well. Work with faculty on research, projects, student organizations, or many other avenues here at WKU. That connection can be one that not only makes an impact during your time at WKU but one that continues on throughout life.

Join a Student Organization

It's never too late to get involved. There are hundreds of student organizations at WKU and there is certain to be one for ou. After completing your first year you may have found an organization but if you haven't that is fine as well. Get involved on-campus and make connections with other students who have similar interests. Visit the Student Activities & Organizations office today to get involved.

Make Your Academics a High Priority

Get Help Early and Often

Many times after the first year students feel they have a good grasp on the educational, social, and perhaps professional/work transitions they faced in their first year. This can be an exciting feeling. Each year of college is different than the last.  The years have their own challenges so it is important to take advantage of the services that are offered and strive for the best success you can have as a student at WKU. If you find yourself falling behind academically, do not be afraid to admit it. Get help and take advantage of the many resources available at WKU. One resource you may want to consider is The Learning Center (TLC) at WKU. This service offers free tutoring and support in over 250 courses. Take advantage of this resource!

Relationships are Important

As mentioned above, contact with the your faculty is a good thing to do. If you have questions about academics or specifics to a class you are taking, go visit the faculty member during their office hours. Take time to spend with them and it will build a relationship that not only you will remember, so will the faculty member.

 Last Modified 7/22/13