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Reading and Waiting

I’m looking out my window at what feels, looks, and smells like a beautiful spring day. Warmer weather is already on its way to Walla Walla, despite the fact that February has just ended. (Hopefully I’m not jinxing anything.) The flowers that are starting to bloom outside of our office are a reminder of something else as well–the fact that it’s been quite a while since we’ve relayed the inner workings of this office to our readers! What have we been doing? Well, we’ve been reading 2,700-odd applications coming from all corners of the country and all across the globe. I’ll admit (and I’m sure that my colleagues would agree) that I’m pretty much ready for the next part of our cycle–the decision making, both on our end and yours–but it’s worth noting that there hasn’t been a single day that I’ve sat down in front of my computer, either in the office, on my couch, or at Patisserie (one of our local coffee shops) that I haven’t enjoyed this part of the process. So far this reading season, applications have brought tears to my eyes (both from joy and sadness), they’ve inspired me, and more importantly, they are the first concrete glimpse of how wonderful our group of applicants is, and in turn, how fantastic the class of 2017 will be.

But while I’ve been reading, you guys have been waiting. I hesitate to mention this benchmark, but we’re just a month away from releasing our decisions (“just a month” may not be a fair categorization–I’m sure for many of you that feels like a long time!). So, how does one wait efficiently? I’m not sure I have the answer. Maybe you’ve started knitting, or cooking, or volunteering; perhaps school work is still occupying much of your time (second semester senior year isn’t always as easy as it sounds!); possibly, even, you’ve found a new passion. Regardless of how you’ve been spending the last few months or so, it’s fair to assume that your accomplishments have also continued. You’re still working on that awesome research project you mentioned in your essay; you’re leading an athletic team to victory; you’ve remained committed as ever to your family responsibilities. This leads me to my next point, and it has to do with the light that’s at the end of what probably feels like a very long tunnel. The unfortunate part of the college process is that it can involve bad news. What I ask all of you to consider closely as the days in March dwindle is that no bad news, coming from any institution, is a statement on your ability to be successful in the next four years. Remember this, and be confident in the abilities that you all have demonstrated to our office and other offices around the country. It will, as they say, all work out in the end!

And until then, enjoy this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd_rDkVQuKM

Is there still time to visit campus?

Yes, there is! If you’re planning on applying to Whitman for the two remaining deadlines (Early Decision II on January 1, or Regular Decision on January 15) and you haven’t yet visited, keep in mind that we continue to schedule visits through January! Our office will reopen on January 2nd. Call us toll-free at (877) 462-9448 or schedule a visit online via the following link: http://www.whitman.edu/admission/visit/schedule-a-visit.

If you’ve just recently discovered us or you know you won’t be able to make it to Walla Walla before the admission deadline that you’re applying for, that’s okay, too. Visits continue through the spring, and culminate in an Admitted Students Day in April. If you haven’t already interviewed with a member of our staff, you may want to contact your admission representative about the possibility of scheduling a phone or Skype interview. (You can find the list of officers and our contact information here: http://www.whitman.edu/admission/contact-us).

So don’t be nervous! Go ahead and press submit on the Common App. And as always, contact us if you have any questions about your application!

Songs to Read By

I  generally like to keep my music upbeat when reading applications; it helps me set and sustain a good pace and keeps my energy level high, even when I’m pushing through into the third or fourth consecutive hour.  In no particular order, some of my favorites lately have been:

1) Ophelia - The Band
2) And Your Bird Can Sing – The Beatles
3) Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
4) Morning Sun – Al Barry and The Cimarons
5) Animal - Miike Snow (Punks Jump Up Remix)

So now you can probably guess my picks on the Songs to Wait By list last week. My favorite place to read is by far my house. Lucy, my puppy dog, can hang out and is more than happy to distract me for a minute or two in between each file. That way I can start each one with a fresh eye. Snacks are also in close proximity, a clutch component of being well-prepared for an afternoon of reading.

“Why Whitman?” Part III

Our third entry in the “Why Whitman?” series comes from Lauren McCullough, a Politics major from Wilsonville, Oregon. Happy writing to all you ED applicants working on your own Why Whitman essays!

When I applied to college, I knew there were a few qualities I had to have in my college experience. The first was a small school with a strong sense of community, so I exclusively considered tiny liberal arts colleges. I was interested in all things Humanities and Social Sciences, so it didn’t make sense for me to pick a school based on only one of those departments. Actually, I guess the requirement was a well-rounded college strong in all academic departments. Looking back, this was an excellent decision: I’ve changed my major four times before happily settling down in the Politics department!

After these basic size and academic considerations, the student body was the most important component to me. I wanted to be a part of an eclectic, intelligent student body where people were also quirky and friendly.

I already knew Whitman fit this profile well because both my brother and sister attended. However, not surprisingly, I thought I would never go to the same school as both my siblings. Yet, when I went and visited schools, Whitman stood out for me above the rest. Current students were all friendly and the professors were fascinating during Admitted Students Day and my time there really convinced me that Whitman was a school I would be happy and not at all seen as anyone’s little sister.

I was also comforted by the fact that my two siblings, who have very different personalities and interests both thrived at Whitman. My sister was involved with theater and art and majored in Psychology. My brother, on the other hand, majored in Philosophy, played varsity soccer, was active in Greek life, and tutored local elementary students.

Ultimately, I chose Whitman because it felt right, academically and socially, and because I was confident that I would be happy here. When I was forced to think about where I truly wanted to spend the next four years of my life, Whitman stood out as the right place; almost four years later I’m glad to say I was right!

Useful Tips for the College Admission Process

Ever wonder what college admissions officers really think about SAT scores, college essays and emails from students? Well you’re in luck! The writers from Woman’s Day Magazine talked to admission officers across the country and compiled a list of ten useful tips for the admission process.

We hope this will answer a few of your questions about the application process. Reading this article may also produce some questions and we’d be happy to answer them for you. Check out our list of admission staff and email the officer assigned to your hometown.