My name is Misa Welke, originally from San Jose, CA I am currently a rising senior majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Women’s Studies. To start I just want to offer my personal congratulations on your acceptance to Clemson University! As the deadline for commitment draws near, many of you are still tasked with deciding which university to attend in the fall. I want to let you know why, as a high school senior, I chose to join the Clemson family.
I had grown up in the Silicon Valley my whole life and when it came time to choose a university I wanted a new adventure. I applied all across the country to schools in California, Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, etc. To be honest, I didn’t quite know what I was looking for when I applied but when I came to visit Clemson I knew I had found my home for the next four years. There really is something in these hills that makes Clemson such an incredible place to be. There is an undeniable sense of community that comes along with being a Clemson Tiger. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been stopped on the streets, sitting in an airplane- you name it by another Clemson Tiger reaching out to greet me like a family member. The sense of pride that comes along with being a student or alumni is unmistakable.
The deciding moment for me happened on my tour of the campus. My family and I were some of the first people at an informational session and I had the chance to talk to a colonel in the advising center. As more people started to filter in, my mom interjected saying that we didn’t want to take up too much of his time. The colonel told us, “I will make sure we help everyone else, but first, right now, I want to make sure you have all of your questioned answered.” This was a defining moment that set a precedent for my experience here at Clemson. As a relatively big school, it has a very small school feel where professors are personable, engaged, and attentive. Small class sizes allow students to get to know their professors, which can lead to things like hands on research in creative inquires, an invaluable experience as an undergraduate.
As a freshman I lived in Benet hall, the residence dorm for CUBBS, a living learning community for business and behavioral science freshman. This is where I met most of my best friends at Clemson and really started to engage with the college. Coming from all the way across the country, I was definitely concerned about not knowing anyone, but being part of CUBBS allowed me to become instantly part of my own little family. I was able to meet and take classes with students in my major, which was always helpful when it came time to make study groups. The workshops put on through CUBBS are very helpful for professional development, networking, and allowed me to get a taste of community engagement. I now serve on the leadership committee for CUBBS, planning events for our current Benet Hall residents. I also am fortunate enough to be a part of the Chapman Scholars program, iLead, and a representative on student advisory boards for my department and the College of Business and Behavioral Science. Clemson has exceeded my expectations and provided me with many opportunities to develop as a student, a leader, and as an overall person. If I had the chance to do it all over again I would 100% choose to be a Tiger. As I continue with only a year left in Tigertown I am envious of all those just starting their journey here.
Again, congratulations on being accepted to Clemson University! I know this is an exciting and stressful time as you get ready to take your next big step in life. If you have any questions and are interested in a student’s perspective, please feel free to contact me. I hope wherever you choose to go that you enjoy these next four years of your life and take advantage of every opportunity in your big adventure.
All the best,