A great many scholarship competitions require a written essay. Scholarship committees do this for a variety of reasons. One of the main ones is to get an idea of what the person who's applying for the scholarship is like. Yes, GPA, community service, volunteerism and leadership are important qualities, but by the time you've gotten to where you're being considered, everyone you're competing against will also have strong records in all these areas. And so the scholarship committee will read your essay to see what sets you apart from the crowd, looking for a reason it.
The thing I wish I knew before going to school is something important to know before going to any college. I wish I knew the importance of having self confidence. When I started college, I did not know anyone. Sometimes, I put myself down when I realized other people did things better or faster than me. I learned that it is important to know my personal strengths and be confident in the person who I am.
The academics are challenging - Whitman has a high reputation when it comes to the quality of students it produces and it makes sure to keep this high standard by setting a high standard of learning. But, other students and professors are helpful and engaging. Walla Walla is a small town but Whitman always brings entertainment to the campus and students always find fun things to do.
I wish I had known how hard classes would be. IB prepared me for college in a really big way but writing those first few papers were very daunting. Come prepared to throw a lot of what you learned in high school away and learn new ways of thinking and writing. I also wish I hadn't brought so much random junk from home, because packing would have been much easier.
I don't think there's anything I would've done differently. There are some specific personal athletic things I wasn't aware of; but overall I think encountering new and scary things is a big part of the freshman experience, and Whitman does a good job of helping adjust to the changes.
The party atmosphere was pretty overwhelming when I first got here... I don't drink and I found myself feeling lonely a lot. It took almost a year for me to find a group of non-drinkers to hang out with and then it got a lot better.
that fraternities are not so bad. I had a bad stereotype of them from big schools like CU. I did not join my freshman year because of these views, but when I did join my sophomore year it was great.
I wish I had known more about the different areas of study offered. I also wish I had had a better idea of what I wanted to pursue as a career so I could have begun sooner on my major requirements.
I wish I would have known actually how demanding the work load can be, how much attention there is to academics on campus.
I wish I would've known how great all the people here are so I wouldn't have contemplated going to any other school.