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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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Off-Campus Housing: On-campus housing is required through sophomore year. Most people move off campus for junior and senior year, though, so it is available and must be worth it.

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Off-Campus Housing: I know I'll appreciate the option when the time comes, but for now, I don't really care either way. I like being able to live with my friends in the dorms, both guys and girls, and it's a nice communal area where you're guaranteed to find people. I'm sure it'll feel different when I live in a house, but it'll be a nice change of pace to live with my better friends in our own place and feel like we're more independent. Oh yeah, and no RAs-that'll be nice when we feel like kicking back a few.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty convenient. As long as you're pretty close to campus, it's a good idea. I couldn't wait to move off campus-it was so much easier to get a place with my friends and just live our lives. It's nice knowing Res Life won't sweep through and fine us if something's not clean. I feel much more independent living on my own, which is pretty hard to do considering Whitman's size and location.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's easy to live off campus. It's probably worth it, too, and cheaper, especially since you get to live with your friends and be off food service.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's easy to find and affordable. Plus, you don't have to be on a meal plan, which is very nice. I felt much more independent and less tied-down by Whitman's regulations in my own place, plus I got to live with all of my close friends. It's actually cheaper, if you do it right, to live in a house off campus than to live on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: I'll be a junior next year, and I can't wait to have a house off campus. My friends and I found our house last spring, and we've already started moving our stuff into it. The thing that I like most about having my own house is that it's a reliably quiet environment where I can study and work on school-related things without disruption. It's hard to work on homework in the dorms, especially as a freshman, because people are always socializing and leaving their doors open, so you can come talk to anyone. It's much more distracting, and since I know that my friends live with me, I don't have to take every opportunity to talk to them.

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Off-Campus Housing: Be careful about where you rent from. Housing is pretty good, but it can be expensive, depending on the quality of the house and where it's located.

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Off-Campus Housing: I've always found it to be easier just to stay on campus. I don't have to worry about finding a house that's close enough to all my classes or in good enough shape so that it doesn't require a lot of repairs that I don't have the time to do. It's nice not having to worry about rent and bills, but I guess, in a way, this set-up sort of prevents students from `growing up' more, since living on campus means most things are taken care of for you, and you don't have to worry about the things most people worry about, like cleaning.

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Parking: I've definitely encountered difficulties when there are concerts or basketball games going on, and then it's really frustrating. I think if the school gets any bigger, they'll definitely need to expand their lots or build new ones.

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Parking: It can be frustrating to find parking when there is a big event going on, and parking by the dorms is limited, but not usually a major problem.

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Parking: I've never known parking to be an issue-most students don't need to drive that much, unless they're going off campus. Jewett doesn't have much, but there seems to be enough parking on the street. The largest lots are farther away from the central parts of campus, so students mainly walk because they can take shortcuts and get there faster.

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Parking: The parking spaces at Prentiss are weird! But parking in general is okay.

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Parking: Since most areas on campus are very accessible to each other, it is really not necessary to drive anywhere on campus, but if you do, I have never experienced any parking problems, except maybe on visitors weekend.

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Parking: Depending on where you park, there is a limited amount of parking space, but it seems to be enough.

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Parking: I don't have a car, so parking is not an issue for me, which is nice. I haven't heard of it being a major problem since we're a fairly small school, but friends of mine who do have cars have had trouble when big events are taking place or during Parents Weekend.

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Parking: I imagine parking is more of a challenge for faculty, since they have to share student parking, and they come from off campus, generally. Most of the students leave their cars in a parking spot for days, so they take some of the parking that the faculty could have.

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Parking: Parking is fine. It's free, which is the best part, and it's usually not hard to find a spot.

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Parking: I'm glad we're at a school that's small enough where parking is not a problem. I have friends at larger schools and universities who complain about it all the time, and are often late to class because they can't find a spot. That's never an issue here.

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Campus Quality: Reid Campus Center is one of the newest buildings on campus, and it's very nicely designed. There are always people inside chatting or doing something, and I always run into friends there.

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Campus Quality: Facilities are top-notch and always improving. It seems like the school builds a new building every year and replaces the old, shoddy one.

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Campus Quality: The new science building addition is beautiful, and it was just finished in the past few years. The decorations inside are also really nice, and it has a planetarium inside, too. It's a great place to hang out if you're a biology major, like me. The library is also gorgeous, and if I'm not studying in the science building, I'm usually there.

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Campus Quality: Most buildings are very spacious and comfortable and look beautiful. I feel really special being able to study or have classes in really nice facilities.

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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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