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I attended a liberal arts college and was pursuing a lifelong interest in journalism, which I soon discovered was not actually what I wanted to do. Had I been more career-oriented and future-focused in high school, I might have benefited more from a technical program. That being said, it is incredibly difficult for some people, like myself, to identify my future career (in college) and stick with thy same career path post-grad. I found myself drawn to a field which I never expected after my immersion in the "real world." College cannot prepare you for that, but I am grateful for the well-rounded education that my alma mater provided.
Attending Whitman had a tremendous impact on my life. My liberal arts education facilitated holistic learning - there, I learned to write more effectively, to think critically, and to ask and attempt to answer big questions. I found my education to be very challenging and enriching. A great deal learning took place outside of the classroom,as I was surrounded by incredibly bright, well-rounded, engaged and engaging people. I felt humbled to be among them and left Whitman with relationships that I foresee lasting a lifetime. I will say that the amount of applied learning was a bit underwhelming at Whitman. There was not a clear connection with most classes to professional worlds outside of academia. I thought that while my interactions with the Career Center were always helpful, in hindsight, I think that there could/should have been a greater emphasis placed on career pathing. Connecting students to the "real world" that they will be entering is integral to the overall educational experience, particularly during junior and senior year, in my opinion. I've heard since graduating that Whitman has taken steps in this direction. Truly, I cannot say enough about this institution; my professors, my peers, or the place itself.
Whitman was an superb school and the best 4 years of my life. I think people discount this incredible school because it is located in Walla Walla. I urge students to do an overnight visit and experience the community and quality of the environment.
The impact Whitman has on students is partially about the academic side, partially about the non-academic, and completely about how the two are woven together. You're in class with the same people that you attend parties, play sports, listen to music, and live with. Where academia is the depth of your college experience, the time spent working (or volunteering), being social, and staying active is the breadth. You'll split your time learning in the classroom and applying what you've learned in the real world. Likewise, you'll take pieces of friendships, work relationships, and romantic flings and apply them to your studies. You'll make discoveries about yourself, your professors, yourself again, your friends, your family, and more about yourself. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how many people learn your name...and at how many of them have "PhD" on their nameplate but prefer to be called by their first names. If you're interested in a community, not just a college...if you're interested in lasting relationships for life...if you're looking for something that will give to you and that you WANT to give back to for the rest of your life...do yourself a favor and go to Whitman.
At Whitman, you don't study engineering, graduate, and become an engineer; similarly, Spanish majors like myself don't necessarily go on to be Spanish teachers. Here, I learned how to learn, which I think is the greatest asset any young job-seeker can have. The liberal arts education at Whitman arms graduates with a basic and invaluable set of skills that help prepare for the realities of post-college life. Being adaptable, articulate, and capable of thinking critically have allowed me to work a wide variety of jobs all across the word. I haven't found my career yet (that's certainly not Whitman's fault), but I'm not anxious about that either. I feel confident in knowing that I could be happy with and find success in any number of fields; I'll end up happy with whatever I pick. A Whitman education opens doors, rather than limiting you to, say, engineering. In this respect, it isn't necessarily the easiest road to hoe after college (your degree doesn't slot you directly into a specialized field), since having the liberal arts B.A. requires some creativity in picking a direction, career-wise. I'm thankful for this flexibility, however; my degree has led me to jobs in teaching, group management and facilitation, risk management, outdoor recreation, tourism, consulting, outreach, and study abroad. From each job, I learn more about myself and about what I'm looking for in a career. I'm getting close to picking one, but won't ever be afraid to change (how often do people change careers nowadays?). Thanks, Whitman, for giving me the tools I need to succeed in the ever-changing job market of today. It doesn't have anything to do with careers, but I have to say that the Whitman community is really amazing. Being a student there is just the best.
Whitman is an incredible school that cares about its student body. Though difficult to define, Whitman has a magical quality to it; the campus is beautiful, the student body is active, the academics are rigorous. I enjoyed my time there immensely, and felt well prepared to face graduate life. My preparation at Whitman got me into medical school, and in that respect, the degree will pay for itself in time.
My education at Whitman did more than help me attain knowledge; it taught how to think. Not only did it help me find the best friends of my life, I also learned life skills that help me be successful in all areas of life. I fully credit my degree from Whitman for helping me have a position of high leadership in my career, despite my young age.
My degree helped to hone and refine my writing, speaking, and critical thinking abilities. In those areas, my education was top-notch. As a current student of Architecture, my degree has enabled me to engage critically with the profession through writing and public speaking, and has helped me become an asset within my firm with regards to client presentations and client interaction. While my degree did not confer "practical ability", it has nonetheless provided a wealth of tools which have aided in the pursuit of my masters and in the professional settings within which I have worked.
My degree from Whitman helped me in lots of ways, not just in my career but in my life as a whole. I learned how to think more critically, to articulate arguments clearly and thoughtfully, and to question my own assumptions and challenge myself to look at difficult subject matters through a variety of different lenses. Whitman's professors are invested in inciting thoughtful discussions and challenging students not just to finish a given assignment or learn a certain subject matter, but to truly invest and learn how to *think* more effectively and engagingly. My overall college experience was academically challenging but incredibly rewarding and enlightening. The only thing I would have done differently is to take advantage of even more opportunities at the school--there were so many clubs, activities and events that I took them for granted at times, and probably spent too much time in the library studying.
Whitman was a great fit for me, which was surprising because I thought I would hate the small town atmosphere. It turns out that the small town created a stronger sense of community on campus. You'll probably know everyone in your particular year before you graduate, which was great for me, as I love meeting people.
I think my degree was pretty perfect for me. It's the liberal arts version of a communication degree and it's easy to convince employers that it's relevant for most entry-level jobs.