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5 Things to Look Forward to in the Coming Months (From the Whitman College Office of Admission)

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Hello all, and welcome once again to the Whitman Admission Blog! It’s been a crazy hectic couple of weeks here in the office, and not just because of the gradual increase in students visiting campus. Fall, as I’ve talked about before, is in full swing at this point, and that means some exciting things happening (apart from just the crazy weather we’ve been having). With that in mind, I wanted to take some time share some of the things I’m most excited about, and that you might find fun and interesting as well. Below is a list of 5 things you can look forward to coming from the Whitman College Office of Admission, and Whitman College in general, in the coming days, weeks, and months!

5) Overnight Visits!

If you’re a prospective college student, chances are you’ve already been exposed to the idea of overnight visits, and might already know what they entail. For those of you who don’t, however, an overnight visit is something we offer to seniors who want to get a bit more of a taste of campus life, and really dig into the culture of the college by staying with a student host for night. It’s an incredibly cool process, is often the deciding factor for students making their college decisions, and, now that the school year is in full swing, we are able to offer them after the long summer break! Want to sign up for an overnight? Simply go to the Schedule a Visit section of our website and follow the steps outlined there!

4) Lunch Hosting!

Much like with Overnight Visits, which are put on hold over the summer while our students are away, Lunch With Current Students gives you the opportunity to meet and talk with current Whitman students in order to get a feel for Whitman’s campus community. Going to be on campus for a tour or an interview? Sign up to talk with current Whitties (and get a taste of our excellent dining hall food) while you’re at it!

3) Fall Visitors’ Day!

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Okay, so this one is still a ways off (November 12th to be precise), but it’s still really exciting to think about. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit campus yet, or if you’ve already been but want to come join in on the festivities, Fall Visitor’s Day is an excellent opportunity to tour the campus, meet with staff and faculty, and even sit in on panels about academics, sports, and other programs Whitman has to offer. Want to know more? Come check out our Fall Visitor’s Day webpage, and check out the full list of activities!

2) Intern Blogs!

If you actively follow this blog, or if you just happen to pop in and check for updates from time to time, you may have noticed something: updates often come sporadically (although I have been trying to create a more regular schedule), what with how busy we Admission Officers often are throughout the year. In order to help alleviate the problem of sometimes sparse content, we have enlisted the help of our Senior Admission Interns, who will be posting on a weekly basis from here on out. This week marks the first week our new interns will be posting, and I myself am super excited to announce that their blogs will soon be up and running! Image

(Above is a photo I snagged of two of our interns hard at work on their first posts). Be on the lookout for those blogs as they come out! They’ll be posting a lot of good content, which is nice, since Whitman’s Admission Officers (myself included) will soon be…1) On the Road!

This is in many ways the biggest part of the Fall for us as Admission Officers. I talked a bit about this a while back, but at that point in time it was largely conceptual – we were still in the planning phases, the early steps, the thought of travel only just beginning to surface from the long summer months of sleep. Now, however, travel season is upon us. If they haven’t hit your town, high school, or area already, Whitman College Admission Officers will soon be making visits, holding interviews, and attending college fairs, all right in your back yard! To find out who will be in your area, and where we will be visiting, check out our Whitman on the Road page for more information!

That’s all for today. Look out for both our Senior Admission Intern blogs, as well as another post later this week as a followup to a personal favorite series of posts from last year! Until then, may Fall be ever in your favor.

The Changing of the Seasons

Seasons come, seasons go. They shift, they fade. Sometimes they transition slowly, cold winter melting into warm spring with the pace of thawing ice. Spring slowly warms to the kiss of the sun, blooming into the heat of summer. Generally speaking, we get used to these patterns and the transitions they bring, the gradual shifts from one phase of life to the next. We fall into our routines and expectations with an ease so light we never even notice.

Of course, these transitions and fades aren’t always the rule, and every now and then something happens to remind us of this, an event, a happening, which shakes us out of our dreary routines with sudden strength.

This past week in Walla Walla has been one such happening, with the Summer being suddenly and unexpectedly buffeted by an onslaught of sudden Fall. In a way it’s almost poetic – just as the summer months for the students come to a close, drawing a sharp line in the sand between leisure and school work, so too did the weather decide to shift without warning into full on Fall Mode.

The following two images, both of which I have taken from Cliff Mass’s weather blog (seriously go check him out – even if you’re not a huge weather fan, he’s super entertaining), and both of which were originally taken by Kevin Pogue of Whitman’s Geology Department, say it all.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you autumn storms in Walla Walla.

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Fall has definitely struck, in more ways than one. Cool air, tempestuous skies, and leaves just beginning to turn in the trees overhead. In the Admission Office the doors have been standing open all day to let in the wonderful cool breeze, while we had our own touch of the incredible weather just outside.

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The weather, however, isn’t the only way that Fall has begun to set in. On the academic side of things, this week marked the first week of classes for students! For the first time since the end of Spring, lectures were had, discussions were begun, reading was delved into, and students began to think about the long haul of the oncoming school year. It will be many months of wondrous motion, action, study, and fun before things begin to settle down once more. Change is in the air, and whether that change is moving slowly or swiftly, the year is really beginning to move.

Check in next week to get another taste of the Fall (even if the weather warms back up), and get a glance of how the transitions from Summer to Fall begin to affect us all. Until then, may your week be filled with the best sorts of change!

Oh, and as a treat: the first leaves I’ve noticed changing around campus!

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They Came, They Saw, They Moved In (Move In Day, Part 2)

August 29th came and went. In many parts of the world, it was an ordinary Thursday. People woke up, they sipped their coffee, slowly pulling themselves from the embrace of sleep, prepping themselves for the day of work ahead. They went about their lives, thinking, in all probability “I’m so glad tomorrow is Friday.” It was a standard day, a boring day even, for most of the world.
But for Whitman College, August 29th was anything but a standard day. For us, here on the Whitman campus, it was a day filled with motion and emotion, excitement, energy, and activity. For us, it was Move In Day!
Yesterday, August 29th, 2013, the incoming Class of 2017 dropped the “incoming” from their identity as they began to put down new roots in the fertile grounds of the Whitman campus, moving into their residence halls, meeting new roommates, starting to get a feel for the life of a college student, and generally, schlepping lots and lots of stuff from their cars to their new rooms.

All told, it was a pretty exciting day, both for students and for staff and faculty. It was the start of the new academic year in so many ways, and for a pretty good portion of the Whitman staff and faculty (myself included) it brought back memories of our own college Move In Days.

Below, you’ll find some pictures of the proceedings, some of which were taken by a professional and can be found on Whitman’s Flickr account, and some of which were taken by staff in the Office of Admission as the day progressed. See if you can tell which ones are which! (Hint: the photos I took look substantially less professional).

Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed viewing the photos and living vicariously through our new student’s experiences! And of course, if you are a new student reading this, or a parent or family member of a new student: Welcome to Whitman College! It’s going to be an incredible year.

Next week, campus life starts picking back up with the start of classes! Join us then as we start taking a closer look at both what the Admission Office is doing while the new students are settling in!

Travel Season Begins!

Just as Whitties begin to settle into their classes and activities for the semester, we Admission Officers get ready to hit the road!

Joshua Smith, our International Admission Coordinator, was the first to set off on fall travel; a good thing, too, because he has the longest way to go! Joshua will visit schools in Hong Kong at the end of this week and will be in Singapore by early next week. Meanwhile, two of our regional officers, Bruce Jones and John Loranger, will conduct interviews and visit schools in New England and Seattle, respectively. Esther Weathers will be the next to go when she heads down to California next week.

As two of the new additions to the office, Katherine Buckley and I will travel with Tony Cabasco to Seattle, where we’ll join John in speaking with students about Whitman. We’re extremely excited to get on the road and to talk to students in person. We’ll have the chance to meet students who already have their eyes set on Whitman, as well as to “describe the Whitman experience and the town of Walla Walla to people who may not have traveled here,” as Katherine noted.

To all the prospective students out there: look out for all of us across the country (and across the globe!) as we visit cities and towns near you this fall!

–Sadie Nott, Admission Officer