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Overall Experience: Overall, my experience has been very educational and growthful; it has been rocky at times, but overall, very, very good. Sometimes, I wish I were somewhere else, but when it comes down to it, I really love Whitman and appreciate it for what it is.

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Overall Experience: Whitman has been everything I longed for in high school. There have been challenging class discussions, a demanding and manageable courseload, outgoing and friendly students who don't judge, and professors who care about who I am.

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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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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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Athletics: Generally speaking, Whitman's varsity teams are not very good. Our ski and snowboard teams have won national awards, and though not usually successful in their league, the basketball team really rallies to get people to come to its games.

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Athletics: Sure, it's always fun to go to some of the sporting events like the basketball games, and sometimes I miss having a big football team and a distinct football season (my high school was really into it). But you take what you can get and trade for other things. It's nice that there are so many IM teams and club sports, so anyone can play if they want to, even if it does mean we don't have a huge, packed stadium.

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Athletics: Men's varsity basketball is probably the most popular of the varsity sports, and IM football of the IM sports.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are pretty much a joke. It's sad, but we're certainly not known for our varsity sports teams. We're pretty competitive in some sports, like with cycling and ultimate Frisbee, but not so much with the more mainstream sports, such as baseball or basketball.

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Athletics: Varsity sports don't attract too much attention outside of their own participants.

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Athletics: Though we don't have huge varsity sports, I really appreciate how most students at Whitman are athletically active. It's really nice to be in a place where people are about exercising their minds and bodies. Plus, it's really fun to play IM sports, and it's a great way to meet people you haven't met before.

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Athletics: It seems like Whitman is not very competitive and into sports. Whitman is more into academics, which is not a bad thing, but at the same time, when your sports team sucks, it doesn't raise up Whitman pride or spirit.

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Athletics: I feel like Whitman takes varsity sports very seriously; they like to brag about them when possible, but I feel that since the focus of the school is so much more on the academic side (no sports scholarships), people tend to get much more excited about IM-since so many people participate, and basically anyone can join a team.

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Off-Campus Housing: I personally never bothered with it. On-campus housing is pretty diverse and satisfactory, but I can see moving for financial reasons. There are lots of apartments in the near vicinity, like Clinton Court.

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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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