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It was not until about halfway through my junior year that I even knew Washington and Lee existed. When I did learn about it,...
It was not until about halfway through my junior year that I even knew Washington and Lee existed. When I did learn about it, however, I was immediately attracted to the school. I was fascinated by the rich history of the university and by the awe inspiring views of the picturesque mountain setting. I was also impressed by the enduring honor code system which is instituted at the university. To further immerse myself in the school, I followed W&L on multiple social media outlets, such as Instagram and Snap-chat. With all these attractions in mind, the final ideal situation which pushed me towards making the decision to apply to W&L, was the ability to compete in the varsity sport of wrestling. In April I met Coach Shearer and he invited me onto campus for a visit. I was delighted to see that everything I had read online was true, but I was also substantially impressed by the wrestling program that he was building. He has been able to round up a group of guys who are not only good wrestlers, but truly great people with outstanding character. There is nothing that would make my college experience more enjoyable then to be a student at a prestigious university such as W&L and to be able to compete in the sport I love with a group of individuals who have the same goals as I do.
Choosing a university is a complex and difficult process, but I truly think this is the best choice I could have made. On my ...
Choosing a university is a complex and difficult process, but I truly think this is the best choice I could have made. On my campus, I feel safe, included, and have already met some of the most ambitious and intelligence people I have ever encountered. There are a plethora of opinions, and intellectual conversation is a staple of both the classroom and the dining hall. We are a politically active and outspoken campus. We need to work (a lot) on diversity, but there are outlets for minority students, such as my place in the Latino Student Organization. Overall, this campus has become a true second home to me.
The campus is beautiful and the first-year and junior housing were recently renovated, so they are very nice facilities. It's...
The campus is beautiful and the first-year and junior housing were recently renovated, so they are very nice facilities. It's a small university so everyone knows each other and the class sizes are small. There are plenty of kind, engaging professors, but the bad professors are really bad. The social scene is a bit odd. The majority of the students are white and wealthy, and almost everyone is in a sorority or fraternity. Overall, if you can thrive in the social scene it's a good college with a lot of opportunities during and after your undergraduate experience.
Some say that they have walked onto a college campus and instantly knew that this was the college for them, but with W&L, eve...
Some say that they have walked onto a college campus and instantly knew that this was the college for them, but with W&L, everyone knows. This university is amazing. Why? Because everyone pitches in to make it amazing. The Honor System and Speaking Tradition are not just advertisements that mean nothing. They are actually used and followed by student and professor alike. There is respect from one person to another, and every person loves it as much as the next.
The school is great. Academics are amazing. Yes, most of the funding seems to go to the business school but the school does c...
The school is great. Academics are amazing. Yes, most of the funding seems to go to the business school but the school does care about the other programs. The science center is home to high tec and up-to-date equipment. You only go to football games for a half, but you see almost all of the school out on WFS nights.
An amazing, vibrant, exciting place where you attain an excellent education.
An amazing, vibrant, exciting place where you attain an excellent education.
As a high school senior I was so worried about whether or not I would be accepted into the perfect college and what I would decide to do when I got there. If I could go back, I would tell myself that there is no such thing as ONE perfect plan or path. I would comfort myself with the knowledge that when you work hard, you accrue wonderful options and opportunities. I would tell myself that the most meaningful experiences were the challenging ones and that my life turned out so much better that I could ever have imagined or planned for. I would tell myself that by staying the course, and trying to be fair, and doing right by others, the future makes itself known and things work out for the best. I would tell myself that everysay is what you choose to make of it, and life is too short to be unhappy wor stress about the kinds of non-issues that plagued me when I was fifteen. I would say that people regurgitate cliches like "use your head" and "follow your heart" because they're true. I'd also say "don't worry, college is a blast!"
It has an amazing community, culture, and history. Town and campus are steeped in a rich tradition and they take the honor policy very seriously. Phenomenal choice of classes and professors.
I hate this school. I really do.
I hate this school. I really do.
Rich, white, Republican, Greek-obsessed, Southern, snooty, alcoholics. Very accurate. Those who aren't have no friends; how sad is that?
Alcohol to the point of vomiting or further, multiple nights a week, week after week after week.
Credit load compared to other colleges is really low - 12 or 13 credits per semester, with one 4-credit mini semester at the end of the year. It's easy to get B+s, kind of hard to get As.
I wish I at least had an idea of how amazing this school would be. I was not prepared to be completely blown away by every as...
I wish I at least had an idea of how amazing this school would be. I was not prepared to be completely blown away by every aspect of the school.
The best thing about my school is the sense of community. From the buzzing Greek life to the speaking tradition, everything about this school makes you feel like you're part of a family, but also something larger than yourself.
Prepare yourself for the real world. While it may seem like you are in a social bubble at college and it may seem like everybody there is a happy student who wants to make new friends, there WILL be people who will hurt you. People will make decisions that could adversely affect you for the rest of your life. There may not be a way to prevent this but at least know coming in that this could occur and mentally prepare yourself for dealing with people who aren't necessarily looking out for you. Within three months of attending school I was raped. It was not my fault and looking back I cannot see a way to prevent it. That being said, I didn't realize that someone who I considered to be my best friend would be capable of this type of action. You have to open your eyes and realize that not everyone in this world is good and they do not all have good motives. The people closest to you are the ones that are capable of hurting you the most.
The most striking aspect of Washington and Lee is its strong honor system. The students here are simply expected to act like...
The most striking aspect of Washington and Lee is its strong honor system. The students here are simply expected to act like gentlemen or women, and are treated as if they are. Thus, we are allowed to take tests without a proctor in the room, and sometimes are even permitted to take the tests back to our dorm. In these cases, the University simply assumes that we are honorable enough to be trusted not to cheat. However, if any student is discovered breaking that trust, the only punishment is expulsion, as the standard fo trust does not allow for exceptions.
Hindsight is 20/20, according to the old saying, and if given the opportunity to speak to myself as a high school senior I would impart what wisdom I have accumulated in my few months of college life to help increase his foresight. My primary responsibility would be to illuminate the two-edged sword that is freedom. I would warn him that soon he would have no safety net to catch his fall if he should stumble. My younger self should be told that having no one watching over him means that there is no one to warn him when he is overworking himself and needs to invest some time in his friends. Should I gain the ability to travel through time, I would tell my younger self that time itself will run too fast to control in college life, and that it will seem to be more valuable and more rare than gold. Should my younger self be blinded by fear at my dire warnings, however, I will impart upon him the exhilaration of being able to make one's own choices, and hopefully I will help the scales fall from his eyes.
The most disappointing aspect of my experience at Washington and Lee has been the appalling treatment of women. The statistics for rape are four times the national average, and ultimately I have been underwhelmed by the University's lackluster response to this intolerable situation. The University has hosted several programs in which strategies for rape prevention and bystander intervention, but I remain skeptical as to their effectiveness, as there has been little decrease in the number of rapes in the last few years.
On the plus side, the Lexington and the surrounding area are strikingly beautiful and there are some fun outdoor activities s...
On the plus side, the Lexington and the surrounding area are strikingly beautiful and there are some fun outdoor activities such as hiking. Now for the negatives...Most people, even in Virginia, haven't heard of Washington and Lee...they often get confused and think of William and Mary or Mary Washington.
Admissions has tried to include a more diverse student body over the last couple of years. This has just created a really weird "counter culture" that is still dominated by the traditional preppy Washington and Lee students. It seems that the only thing to talk about here for students is what party they went to last night, who blacked out, etc. If you don't drink and aren't rich, you will likely feel left out. This is coming from someone who read reviews of W and L last year, didn't believe how the social scene could possibly be so exaggeratedly dominated by one group, and came here anyway.
The tours are very misleading, and the administration is brilliant at covering up the many social gaffes that occur at Washington and Lee due to the extreme binge drinking problems. I am appalled that a university that is supposedly upheld by such a "superior honor system" acts only to protect its students from the realities of underage binge drinking.
About 90% of the time, these stereotypes are true.
The classes here are small, but you still have to make an effort to get to know the professors because they will not seek you out. The small community is overrated, and I often feel like I have missed out on the resources and opportunities of a big university. I was astonished at how easy the classes were compared to high school, and I often wonder how many of the students here managed to get in. I thought this was supposed to be a top-notch school, but so far it reminds me more of a community college in the caliber of its education.
The amount of school spirit here is pathetic. People often to not bother to attend the home football games, and when they do, the generally wear a dress and heels rather than their school colors. Then, they leave at half time. It's true, the social life is almost solely based around the Greek system, which costs thousands of dollars a year to join. If you are not willing or able to shell out that kind of money, your social life will be limited. Sure, the administration makes sure that the Campus Activities Board offers game nights or whatever for those who choose not to rush, but the people who attend these are few and far between. As for the dating scene, there isn't one. There's nothing to do on weekends if you don't enjoy the pungent smell of alcohol and sweaty frat boys. If you don't drink or enjoy watching other people act like complete morons while drunk, you will get bored really fast. If you're a middle class kid who likes sports and actually remembering your friends the night after a party, don't go here. I made a huge mistake.
Rich, preppy, conservative, all about Greek life
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