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| This school is amazing. I'd heard before about "Cougar pride" and that everyone is like family here, but I was unprepared for how truly close this campus is. I have a lot of friends at different schools, and they all have a small group of friends that they hang out with all the time. Here in Pullman there are only about three degrees of seperation between any two individuals. Simply go grab a keg from the distributor in Moscow, invite a few friends and tell them that it is an open invitation party, and Bam! you've got 50-60 people showing up on 3 hours notice (and noise violation warnings from the cops of course, but they are pretty friendly and simply don't want anyone driving loaded). |
The difficulty of the classwork is completely dependant upon your own personal choices. anyone can skate through a Com degree with a 4.0, but I reccomend taking a solid engineering course. I've had an average class size of 12 for the last three years, and averaged about three nights of sleep per week. Thank whatever deity you beleive in for coffee. Our engineering school is respected country-wide, and our vet-school is second to none.
People complain about pullman being in the middle of nowhere... that's the point. No you can't walk two blocks and have 15 shopping malls to choose from. However, we have a lot of decent events (Thanks SEB) and some amazing local talent. Can't find anything to do? wander greek row or the college apartments. It doesn't matter what time of night it is, or what day of the week. There is always something going on and all you need to gain access is bellowing "Go Cougs!" at the top of your lungs.
There are also a lot of great things to do outside of the town. My advice: if you don't have a car, make friends with someone who does. Immediately. Steptoe butte, The diving cliffs, the backroad, Boyer park... about 30 parks honestly, are all withing about 20 miles of town. Grab some friends, pick a site, and go camping. A warning: the rangers will laugh at ou for running around wearing nothing but whipped cream.
|Jul 29 2004|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2005 |
| The college experience, in contrary to popular belief, is what the individual makes out of it. A lot of in coming freshman expect to be personally entertained in class by their professors, and when that doesn't happen, they are very dissapointed. |
As a freshman I can complain about the size of classes, foreign TA'S, GER classes that suck, and the list goes on. But, in the actual reality, those are issues at EVERY university of this size, not just WSU.
Pullman's a small town, so the area isn't exactly flourishing with obvious things to do. Remember, a full time student usually doesn't have a whole lot of spare time to be doing a lot anyways.
A great thing about WSU is the campus environment that is here. I have some friends at the UW in Seattle that feel that the students there have a very weak bond and community set. I suppose that has to be a credit of the size of Pullman almost forcing people to hang out with each other.
Now the shopping and restaurant selections here are very small, but I really can't thik of too many college students who could even AFFORD to shop at BCBG'S and Armani exchange every week. I guess the real issue here is people FEEL isolated. This is important, I have friends at the UW, University of Oregon, Wash U in St. Louis and other big cities that complain about not having things to do also. Enjoy school and work hard. If you can't find anything to do, there are plenty of sports and clubs, not to mention special functions and speakers to go see. You can also take up outdoor activites like camping and fishing that are very popular with the locals here. When in Rome.... :)
|Jul 04 2004|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| Obviously everyone will have a different experience, but the bottom line in Pullman is that you can do what you want within the college realm. There's nothing out here but college, but when you're a college student, what else do you want? Pullman will feel like paradise sometimes because of the solidarity among students living in a completely student-dominated environment, and it will feel like hell sometimes because it can be like living on the end of the earth. If you can find no peace here in 4 years, you are a whiner and you aren't trying. But if you can find a groove, you'll have a blast, some of the time at least. For freshman, the harder you try in the beginning to meet good people the more it will pay off in 4 years time. Undergraduate education is both good and personable in most majors. This place takes on a legendary mysticism at times. Give in to the power of Pullman. You got to break an egg to make an omelete and there are lots of eggs here. Bash some heads. |
|May 03 2004|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2007 |