A Western Michigan University education pays off today and in the long run. Washington Monthly has distinguished Western Michigan University as the best public university in Michigan for moving up in the world, based on 10-year post-enrollment outcomes. Western also ranks #1 in graduate earnings and #2 in graduation rates when considering students from all backgrounds. A WMU degree pays off soon after graduation: nine out of ten Broncos are employed quickly, in their field, in jobs they like. Western leans into developing purpose-driven graduates with programs like WMU Signature, which helps students align their education and career goals with personal purpose. WMU graduates are ready to contribute because they can apply deep knowledge from their major to overcome challenges in practical settings. 93% have an experiential learning opportunity that strengthens a resume. Broncos emerge ready, driven and strong. The mental, physical, and academic well-being of students are top priorities at Western. With access to mental health counseling, health care and a world-class recreation center, every Bronco gets the support needed to sustain and elevate mind and body. Western students can choose from more than 150 bachelor’s degree programs, many that rank among the top of their kind nationally: aviation, atomic physics, fine arts, jazz studies, paper engineering, supply chain management and occupational therapy. Even with an enrollment of around 22,000, two-thirds of all classes have fewer than 30 students. To see how Western helps Broncos make a difference at work, at home and in the world, visit wmich.edu.
FINDING HER PASSION
TOOK HER FROM STORYTELLING
TO STORY CHANGING 14 • The QUAD • WINTER/SPRING | 2020
Tirrea Billings wasn’t thinking of red carpets or little gold statues when she started making films. She simply hoped to reveal the extraordinary beauty and truth of everyday lives. To help others share their unique perspectives. She faced her share of setbacks, but with adaptability and determination, Tirrea has written her own story of success. Now, she runs her own multimedia company and is making award-winning films that make a difference.