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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).



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!


Seven Days… (Move in Day, Part 1)

Seven Days…

It’s funny how many different associations you get out of such a simple string of words as “seven days,” or maybe even “one week.” If you’re a horror movie fan, maybe you immediately think of the eponymous and chilling phrase from “The Ring.” If you’re up on your late nineties television, you’ll probably jump to the TV series of the same name. If you’re a Barenaked Ladies fan, you’re most definitely familiar with their hit song, “One Week” (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love that song?).

At this point in time in the Whitman College world, however, seven days refers to something so much cooler than all of that, so much more exciting. Seven days, as of today, August 22nd, marks the final one week countdown to August 29th, and if you’re a new student, if you’re the family of a new student, or if you’re just super excited about the start of the Fall Semester like we are, you’ll know that August 29th is Move in Day.

That’s right: MOVE IN DAY!

In seven days, the Class of 2017 will be hitting Whitman College, all of their worldly belongings in tow. They’ll be moving in to their new rooms, checking in to their residence halls, meeting their RA’s, their new roommates, their section-mates, and starting to really discover the campus at large. They’ll be starting a process that all of us in the Whitman College Office of Admission have been working towards and holding our breath for, that of joining the Whitman College student body.

This past week has been an exciting reminder of what is to come, with a growing flurry of activity all around campus, hints and stirrings of the gathering storm of activity. RA’s have been meeting and preparing to greet their new residents. More and more students are being sighted around campus, some of them prepping for their Scrambles, some of them returning students eager to be back. Here in the Admission Office, we’ve been getting excited to see many of the students we helped find this wonderful place – while it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, for us, Move in Day is a reminder of why we do what we do, a physical testament to the importance of admissions.

So, if you’re an incoming student reading this, if you’re a high school student still searching for that perfect college, if you’re a parent, a family member, an alumni of the college… Be excited! The Class of 2017 is about to embark on an incredible voyage, fraught with the perils of late night study sessions, of a touch of homesickness, and of challenging coursework, filled to bursting the whole while with the excitement of a new place and a new chapter in their lives just beginning to unfurl. Move in Day is a first step, the beginnings of a rising tide of activity and education which will soon be sweeping us all along, new students, old students, professors, families, and college staff included.

All in all, I would definitely say that it’s pretty exciting.

Join us next week as we take a closer look at the move in process, and exactly how much excitement and hard work it all entails!


There’s More Than One Way to Peel an Onion

Despite how many seasons as there are, and despite the numerous excellent things that happen throughout the year – Move In Day, the first day of classes, interviewing students, graduation – it is very easy for me to say this part of the year is one of my absolute favorites. This might seem like a strange thing to say, at least at first. There isn’t an incredible amount going on in the Office of Admission right now, apart from gearing up for an excellent and exciting travel season in the fall, and apart from the usual hustle and bustle of visiting students and their families flying in and out of the office for interviews and info sessions. This time of year is so simple, so quiet, a period of repose before the year goes flying by with busy, busy wings. So why is this part of the year one of the absolute best?

Simply put, ONIONS.

As many of you may know, Whitman College has the wonderful tradition of sending a box of Walla Walla sweet onions to the newest incoming class of students (if you didn’t know that, now you do). I myself remember the day my very own box of onions appeared on my parent’s doorstep, a surprise I certainly wasn’t expecting, although one with which I was delighted. Just recently, the onions were sent out to the incoming Class of 2017. Regardless of whether or not the new students knew the boxes were coming, arrive they did. Packages were opened. Onions were sighted. Laughter was assuredly had. But over all of this, there was most likely a pervading question to be answered: “What am I supposed to do with a box of onions?”

Thankfully, in answer to this, many students have posted pictures or sent emails, and the answers are out there for all to see. Take a gander at what some of our newest students have decided to do with their very own Walla Walla sweets.

Image Simple but delicious: French onion soup.

ImageA creative, and very delicious looking loaf of onion bread.

ImageDeliciously sweet toppings for a cheeseburger.

ImageA delectable plate of sweet onion rings.

ImageA warm bowl of onion risotto.

ImageSome amazing looking grilled cheese (and onion) sandwiches.

ImageAnd last but definitely not least, a positively mouthwatering onion tart.


So, regardless of whether you’re an incoming student looking for something to do with your box, if you’re an old student whose forgotten what you did with yours, or if you just like the succulent sweetness of a Walla Walla onion, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. The way my mouth is watering right now after looking at all these delicious dishes assures me that I’ve enjoyed writing it.