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Western Washington University was an awesome experience for me. The school campus us incredibly beautiful, if you like nature and being outdoors this is the school for you. The weather is a little bi-polar with lots of rain, snow, and sunshine happening throughout the year and sometimes throughout one day. The people are very inviting accepting of all types of people. It is a very liberal school.
The Behavioral Neuroscience program at Western Washington University was a brand new program in its second year of existence when I was accepted into it. The professors and program coordinators were wonderful on both a personal and professional level. I was always given the opportunity to connect with them through office hours in order to maximize the effectiveness of my education. The research labs for the program provided an incredible experience as well! I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in Neuroscience.
Western is located in the gorgeous small town of Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham offers incredible scenery and recreational opportunities in the great outdoors, while also being close in proximity to the greater Seattle area. Upon arriving at Western, I was lucky to live in a recently renovated dorm (Buchanan Towers) that boasted a private bathroom, and kitchen which was shared with just 4 "suitemates". I loved my living arrangement while living on campus during my freshman year, and I was also pleased with the reasonably priced housing options in close proximity to campus during my later years. I graduated from the Sociology program and had a great experience with all of my courses. I would caution other students to a sociology degree if they are somewhat directionless in their career path, as sociology might not push you toward any certain career. Many students go on to be social workers or teachers. Personally, I was somewhat frustrated with how little direction and career counselling the major offered me and I wished I had chosen a field that could have helped me find a career path rather than just a diploma. It has taken me quite a bit of time post-graduation to find my path and passion. I was also a member of the track and field team and I loved being a part of a Division II athletics program. Because the schedule was not as intense as most Division I programs, I had the appropriate amount of time to invest in my schoolwork, while also perusing a personal passion. Overall, I loved my 4 years a Western. Unbeatable location, stunning campus, numerous major options, and generally small class sizes.
I have a lot of mixed thoughts about Western. For one, it has a beautiful campus and is located in Bellingham which is an absolutely amazing town to live in. It is a great college town with lots of good food and a homey atmosphere. Western is very progressive but unfortunately not as progressive as they may advertise. I grew very frustrated by the end of my four years with their motto "Western cares" because the administration consistently made poor choices regarding standing up for diversity and against hate. The great thing is that the students do not back down, but many times the administration has seemed like a rock wall that is not willing to listen. As far as classes go, I feel like my education was not wasted. I had the opportunity to transfer and I chose not to. If I were to go back and do it again I would choose to stay at Western. However, I had several professors who were subpar and had to take some irrelevant classes in my time there. Overall I would say that Western is worth it, but be prepared to be a little frustrated with the system.
WWU was a supportive learning environment with lots of wonderful class options. I enjoyed especially the opportunities to learn through field classes offered by the Huxley School. The lab components of my science classes were engaging and complemented the lecture series. Challenging and supporting courses.
Western Washington University was a perfect school for me, because I was looking for high-quality humanities courses for an affordable price. I found incredible professors and curriculum in the philosophy department. I was much less impressed with some of my courses in the hard sciences, like chemistry and physics. Professors in these courses seem ready to innovate the technology with which they teach but not their methods, to the deficit of some students. My biology courses were a delight, however. It also helped that my university is located in one of the most beautiful spots in the nation -- Bellingham, Washington. In Bellingham, it is completely within reason to study with a cup of coffee at a small historic cafe with views of both mountains and ocean. It's truly a place like no other.
Western Washington University offers a great liberal education for those who aren't just wanting to learn an applicable skill. Western offers more opportunities and experiences for personal growth. I got to Western as a Freshman and had no idea about the current affairs that students were facing hardships with because I grew up in a small town that was very sheltered. After attending for 4 years, I can say that I have become a better person and have grown so much in the education provided. I never thought I would know about so much of the world and the different groups of people within in it, but Western offered so many opportunities for me to learn and educate myself. I feel like I can be an effective resource for everyone I might work with in my future career.
Western Washington University was a great school, in an even better location. Bellingham is the perfect setting to study, and aligned will my degree well. My program was small, but the quality of instruction was high and is responsible for introducing me the first school subject that I am still passionate about. It made me an advocate, and a more thoughtful member of society.
Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Not so big that you feel like a number; not so small that you have to conform to a mold. Large enough for you to define yourself and small enough that you make a difference. It is located in the beautiful community of Bellingham. Western is recognized nationally for its successes, from its leadership as one of the most sustainable, green campuses in the nation by the Sierra Club to being named the top masters granting institution in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report. Westerns goal is to build a stronger Washington by being an international leader in active learning, critical thinking, and societal problem solving, and these awards and honors illustrate those successes.
Application Process: From the application to graduation Western Washington University (WWU) was a place that supported me and what I was up to. During my application process the office of admission walked me through my application; talked with me when I needed support; and directed me to services that I could use to strengthen my application. If I could give anyone advice around the process of the application I would say reach out, ask question, and get what you need. WWU office of admissions is there to support you. Financial Aid: After being accepted the support continued through the financial aid process. WWU office of financial aid walked me through my aid packet and made sure to explain the process of accepting scholarships, grants, and loans. During this time, I had various questions and the office of financial aid was sure to answer accordingly. Based on my situation I walked out of WWU with limited loans to my name. The WWU Experience: When getting to WWU all freshman are welcomed with a ceremony. For me the ceremony provided a sense of community throughout the school. This sense of community never left. Whether it be through student support services, academic advising, financial aid, or anything else pertaining my educational needs; WWU was always there. I like to believe the reason why WWU was so supportive was because I was very vocal with what I needed. Though no school is perfect WWU did their best hear me and address my concerns accordingly. Doing their best to alleviate the worries that go with being at university. Graduation: After it was all said and done I got out of WWU in four years. Though college was a whole new world to me, I left WWU prepared for life. Looking back WWU provided a unique experience to find myself in a space that was safe. After four years, I believe WWU lived out their motto of Active Minds Changing Lives. They made me think and through my thoughts I found the power to produce the change I wanted to see.