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WNMU students describe their love for this place.
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On this warm and fuzzy holiday, let's reflect on the love Western New Mexico University students feel for their campus community. 

What students love about WNMU:
  • Support from faculty and staff 
  • Proximity to nature
  • Friendliness
  • Culture
Support From Faculty and Staff

“They’re a big huge family. Everybody helps each other out here.”
— WNMU-Deming student Alicia Parra Willis
“When I lost my dad, I wanted to drop out and withdraw. Without the support of friends, family and my professors at WNMU, who told me to take my time with everything and let them know what I need, I would have given up.”
— WNMU Master of Social Work student Shyla Archuletta
“The professors really care about you. You’re not just a number. You’re a student. Western wants you to succeed and find your passion.”
— WNMU graduate social work student Kaity Ellis
“All the offices at Western are molding students to be what they’re supposed to be, what they actually are inside. It’s beautiful. When I got to Western, I was very shy but now I am very bold. I will always say that Western did that for me.”
— WNMU nursing student Angela Njoku, who’s from Nigeria
Proximity to Nature


“I chose Western because it’s close to home, so it’s easy to visit. I love Silver City. I like that it’s cooler and beautiful up here.”
— WNMU forest/wildlife and art student Sydney Paul, who’s from Las Cruces


“There’s a lot more to offer here than Tucson.”
— Mustang cross country athlete Armando Antonio, Jr., who runs up to 60 miles a week on area trails
“I spent eight years active duty as a field artillery officer in the Army, living in Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Italy and Iraq. I love everything outdoors, like biking and running, so we want to stay in New Mexico.”
— WNMU forest/wildlife student and New Mexico native Robert Burchett
Friendliness

“I came here a couple times before I decided to move over here. I just found everybody to be so friendly. Students found me and said ‘hi.’ I liked it.”
— Early Childhood Education student Benjamin Reyes


“Everyone’s very nice. Everyone’s very kind. Everyone walks past and says ‘hi.’”
— WNMU and Mustang Golf alumnus Calum Hill

“The culture shock wasn’t that much because I Googled it. However, I didn’t expect the people to be this good.”

— Richard Mubanga, who is one of the WNMU students from Zambia

Culture
“On the tennis team, the thing that is really good is that people are from all over the world. We have so many nationalities, and this is really cool. You can learn from other countries, other culture, other food, other everything.”
— WNMU kinesiology alumna and former Mustang tennis player Jeanne Kolb

“There’s a winning mentality here. You want to do everything better, go higher. We don’t really have that mindset in France.”
— Frenchman business student Liam Fraboulet, who attends WNMU on a tennis scholarship
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