Get to know your admissions’ counselor: Micah Howe

Western Oregon University’s admissions counselors travel to different high schools to chat with prospective students about what it’s like to be a WOU student and answer any questions they may have. We have asked each of the counselor’s a set of questions to get to know a little more about them, and ask what information they’d like to share with students about WOU. Micah Howe has answered a few questions for us:

What territory do you cover?
My primary recruitment territories are the state of California and Linn County, Ore.

Where is your favorite place to eat when you are on the road?
I love exploring different cuisine while I’m on the road! In fact, I just picked up dim sum from a Chinese bakery. I’m also a gigantic fan of bubble tea. It is tough to find near Monmouth so I usually get boba every day when I’m in California.

What do you like to do to pass the time between school visits?
Between school visits, I usually take a few minutes to reorganize my brochures and catch up on emails. Keeping my inbox at zero helps me stay sane while I’m out of the office. After that, I usually browse Pinterest or listen to my favorite podcasts. I try to check out local landmarks and tourist destinations if I have a free evening or weekend!

What is your favorite thing about Western Oregon University?
My favorite things about Western Oregon are the size and the location. It’s big enough to offer lots of majors to choose from, clubs to get involved with, and other opportunities, but small enough to create a tight-knit, supportive campus community. Beyond that, the Willamette Valley has outstanding quality of life with a low cost of living! That’s what drew me to WOU in the first place (and why I’ve stayed).

What is your favorite part about being an admissions counselor?
The best part of my job is the opportunity to travel. I especially love college fairs and counseling students through the application process. It always puts a smile on my face to tell someone they’ve been admitted!

If you could give one piece of advice to an incoming freshman at WOU, what would it be?
My best advice for incoming students is to fully immerse yourself in college life! Pick a major that truly excites you and ignore pressure to study something “practical.” It’s important to stay in touch with friends and family from home, but focus on building new friendships rather than rooming with someone you knew in high school.

Why did you choose to become an admissions counselor?
When I was in college, I loved it so much that I never wanted to leave. I figured I might as well work at one! I can’t think of a more rewarding or intellectual work environment than a college campus.

What is the #1 question you get asked by prospective students?
The most common question I get is “Do you have the major I want to study?” Of course my response varies, but most times we have something that fits their interests and goals!

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
Outside of work, I’m interested in eco-friendly living, dance, decorating my cute apartment, social justice, and teaching myself how to cook!

How can students contact you if they have any other questions?
Feel free to contact me at howem@wou.edu or 503-838-8037 with any questions!

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