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My first year at James Madison University

I just have a lot to say about how this year went - I loved it!

Looking back on my freshman year at JMU, I could not be more pleased with how it went. I was apprehensive when I started last fall, nervous and unsure of what the new chapter ahead would bring, but in just a few short months I had so many incredible experiences, made lots of new friends and grew as both a student and a person. JMU locals refer to it as “The Everything School” - and for me, it is exactly that. 

From the school spirit, to the academics, the athletics, dining services, values placed on student health and well-being, to how pristine the campus is, the university does an amazing job providing the best possible college experience for its students. I had fabulous professors that I had great access to and I really loved my classes. As an art education major, there were many hands-on lessons that made it so engaging and interesting. 

I also found getting involved to be a key part of my first-year experience. There are so many clubs and organizations at JMU providing so many options for students to get involved. This year I was a member of the JMU Madison Dance Club, a member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and a student orientation volunteer, which all helped me expand my circle and thrive as a new student. I’m also pleased to say that I made Dean’s List my first semester and ended the year on The President’s List for academic excellence. I am so grateful to Pamela and Less College Stress for being such a valuable asset to my college application process and for helping me start my journey at this amazing institution! I am truly proud and so happy to be a JMU student - go Dukes!!!

Meredith, James Madison University, Class of 2027


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