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Overall Experience: I transferred here from a large university, and after being used to the luxuries of a larger school, that it a lot of adjusting. It's frustrating that Whitman and Walla Walla don't offer the same things you can find at a bigger school, or even a larger city, but people seem to manage okay, and I've learned how to adjust a bit. It's all worth it for the academics and the professors.

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Overall Experience: The first few months were rough-getting used to such an open, liberal environment was challenging coming from my hometown and background, but I wouldn't change the experience for anything. I learned an equal amount from the living experiences and personal interactions at Whitman as I did in the classroom.

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Weather: Welcome to the land of 300 days of sunshine a year. Of course, the 65 days it isn't sunny are all in a row in January and February, and the fog never lifts, leaving everyone damp and cold.

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Weather: The weather here is crazy! Sometimes it can change very quickly.

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Weather: Winter is cold, and in the summer, it's hot. It's nothing too out of the norm.

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Weather: The weather is usually sunny or overcast but dry, especially when the year starts and ends. The beginning and end of the year are the best times weather-wise-it's always sunny and really warm. Occasionally, it can get uncomfortably hot, but that's mainly in summer that this happens.

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Weather: Weather can get annoying in the late fall and winter because it tends to rain a lot or be overcast and gloomy. Winters are tough because it gets really cold, and I'm from California, so I'm not used to that. Fall semester seems to be better weather-wise because it beats the long winter, and spring semester starts off gray, cold, and dark, but with lots of sun and warmth at the end of the year. It seems to balance out.

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Weather: Weather can get rough. For those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (sensitivity to seasonal changes and lack of sun), Whitman has a sun lamp that students are welcome to use that's free.

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Weather: I'm from the Northwest, so the weather here is not too extreme. It's usually sunnier here than it is in Western Washington, and it doesn't seem to rain as much as in Oregon.

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Weather: Bring a variety of clothing, as it is humid and in the upper 80s in August, and it can get quite cold in the winter.

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Weather: Layers are key, as is a fleece (because of its ability to keep out moisture).

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Weather: It's always good to be prepared with a summer and winter wardrobe because you'll need both. I brought my peacoat, fleece, flannel pajamas and sheets, along with all my tank tops and shorts. I've worn all of them throughout the year, for sure.

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Weather: Bring a wide array of clothes-you'll want both the shorts/skirts and tank tops for early fall and spring, but the warm sweaters come in handy when the fog just won't go away.

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Transportation: Yeah, there's a bus system. It's probably sufficient for Walla Walla, and Whitman kids don't seem to need it. Most take taxis or get rides from people, which seems like it's much easier to do anyway.

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Transportation: There's public transportation? I've never used it!

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Transportation: I'm not entirely sure how convenient public transportation is, although I've heard from friends that the trolley (or is it a bus?) is easily accessible. I know there's a stop on campus. The town is so small that it doesn't really matter.

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Transportation: There is a bus system, but I never had the occasion to use it-many useful things are within walking distance.

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Transportation: There's a pretty cute touristy trolley that runs up and down Main Street. But aside from that, I assume there's a bus system, although I've never used it. Most everything I need is within walking distance or on campus, and in the event that I have to go farther, I just get a ride from friends.

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Transportation: Public transportation is conveniently not necessary. You can get anywhere on foot or bike.

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Transportation: Walla Walla is so small that a public transportation system really isn't a necessity, though they do have one. For Whitman students, it's certainly not used that often, or even that well-known. It doesn't really have to be, since lots of people have cars and are willing to give you rides if you need to go somewhere that isn't within a reasonable distance to walk.

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Transportation: I don't know how often the locals use it, but I do know there's a bus system that goes to the busier parts of town. I've seen the main bus stop area before, but I have no idea where they drop off, and I've actually only seen public buses on a couple of rare occasions.

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Transportation: I didn't know Walla Walla had a bus system! I wonder how good it is.

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Transportation: You really don't need it-you can walk everywhere, or ride a bike if you have one.

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Athletics: IM sports are very popular at Whitman, particularly football, which is a huge draw in the hall that gets all dorms involved, as well as frats, sororities, and independent teams.

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Athletics: Definitely play an IM or club sport! It was really nice after a long day of classes to let loose some stress and have fun with friends. Plus, people are accepting in most IM sports, and they recognize that students have all kinds of athletic abilities, despite the fact that many IM sports are pretty intense and serious.

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Though Whitman has had its ups and downs, overall, most students have absolutely loved it and feel there is no possible college better for them. Many warn that it does take some adjusting (especially with Walla Walla being less metropolitan than what some are used to), but of course, that’s a large part of what college itself is, no matter where you are. At Whitman, it’s challenging to adjust to the environment; if you find something drastically contrasting to what you’re accustomed to before college, perhaps more so than it would be at other schools closer to larger cities. In general, most students have found they need to make a larger adjustment of some kind to Whitman’s environment, but most have loved their experiences once they found a comfortable niche.

Many seniors find it difficult to leave Whitman because of the bonds they create with people there, be it with students or professors. Whitman also has a very strong and supportive network of alumni, which is indicative of the bond many people have with Whitman. Several students feel they’ve grown in many positive ways by being put through the challenges of Whitman, and all in all, wouldn’t change their experiences there for the world. It’s said to be a unique and special place, unlike any environment most students have ever been in, and many think it will be difficult to leave when graduation comes. The people really make the school, and are some of the most thoughtful, well-spoken, humorous, and genuine people you’ll find anywhere.

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