Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

It was my senior year of high school and I was so excited to start at West Chester. I was so excited to make new friends and start a new chapter of my life. I received a brochure in the mail from West Chester about a thing called a FIG. I looked through it and read people’s comments on the brochure. People said it was the best thing they did their freshman year. Not only that but you have guaranteed housing then if you sign up to live in traditional dorms. You will live in Goshen or Tyson because they are the only one’s with the FIG lounges. And coincidentally the only dorms that came with air conditioning so there was pretty much no reason why I shouldn’t sign up.

A FIG, a freshman interest group, has a lot of different groups you can choose from. There’s science FIGS, to pop culture FIGS (which is the one that I did). You live in a dorm wing with everyone in the FIG and at least one person in each dorm room has two classes with you.

My pop culture FIG had public speaking and writing 120 together. I highly recommend that you choose this FIG because you need to take public speaking and writing 120 anyways. Getting up to do a speech in public speaking in front of my whole dorm wing made everything easier too.

Half of our wing became very close extremely quickly during the first few weeks of school. We went to class together everyday and went out together on the weekends.

The ten of us became a very close-knit group. We have just finished our sophomore year together and all still remain best friends. I don’t know what I would do without these girls and I am so happy that the FIG brought all of us together.

As you can probably tell, I highly recommend signing up for a freshman interest group. Recommend it to your friends who are incoming students as well.

Lindsey Vernick is a  third-year student. She can be reached at

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