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| Given the opportunity to choose my college again, I probably would have gone to a school like Reed or The New School in order to surround myself in like-minded individuals. In considering this other option, perhaps it is better that I went to Whitman, whose student body is slightly more conservative in their political ideologies as well as their overall lifestyles than I am. I think it's good that I ended up here (it was my 4th or 5th choice) because I am constantly re-evaluating my understandings of things in every area of my life.|
With regards to my classes, it is harder than I expected. I have friends going to good schools like UCLA and Berkeley, and their freshman years have been relatively relaxed (though this may be attributed to the lack of classes provided by the UC System in its current state of financial woes). An acquaintance here at Whitman told me that her Chemistry professor described Whitman's workload as harder than that at Stanford University, though I take that with a grain of salt. As difficult as classes are here, I feel that I am more than prepared to make the transition to graduate school in another few years.
Student life is one of the highlights of my Whitman experience; the student body is way nicer and more accomodating than the people in my hometown (San Diego). The dorms are nice, though I personally am a little peeved with the controlling nature of ResLife. The RAs have proved a little intrusive, though I know they mean well; it's more of a personal problem I have with ResLife than it is a problem with the way they manage things. I enjoy the dining hall food, though I know many students who find it unpalatable (albeit they are some of the pickiest eaters I know).
The party scene at Whitman is mellow, though bigger than I expected coming in. A lot of people choose to party at the frats or at the occasional get-togethers at off-campus houses, and there's a fair amount of drinking that goes on over the weekends, though generally not during the week except for thirsty Thursdays now and then. A sizeable portion of the student body smokes weed, but it's more of a social activity than it is a weed culture; most people have never smoked before coming to Whitman and will most likely not smoke after.All in all, I enjoy Whitman. The academics challenge me and my perspective on life is constantly changing and accomodating all sorts of new ideas. I love the Philosophy Department at Whitman and know many other students who would say the same (Tom Davis, Patrick Frierson, and Julia Ireland have all been great professors and have convinced me to major in Philosophy). I am rarely bored, though I almost never leave campus and I look forward to spending the next three years of my life here. Excuse me for any typos or incoherent sentences, I don't feel like proofreading this.
|Jun 13 2011|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| At Whitman I received a great liberal arts education, and, more importantly, the desire to learn my entire life. I tried a number of different careers in my 20's -early 30's and Whitman helped me with breadth of knowledge, analytic skills and writing ability that have served me well in all of my positions. I graduated 30 years ago but still look back at Whitman with fondness and great memories. I was an average student, but really, in looking back at it, have received the type of education that helped me overcome many challenges in career and life. I would recommend Whitman College to aspiring students who want to work hard for something worthwhile. Also, I really liked Walla Walla and the Blue Mountains. |
| Starting Job: Public Relations Account, Preparedness: B+, Reputation: B+ |
|Apr 27 2010|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |