Spokane, WA
Whitworth University


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Evan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is not only about learning course material and ?getting the grade,? there is a lot to be said about the social aspect...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is not only about learning course material and ?getting the grade,? there is a lot to be said about the social aspects of a school as well. Above all else you want to pick a school where you are going get a good education and have a healthy social life. Too much emphasis on being a socialite will land you in academic trouble, while too much focus on your studies will make you miss out on friendships and experiences that are important both for you and for your future employers. When looking for a school you are trying to find a golden mean between quality academic s and strong social networks. The same balance is important for your life in college as well. Many students feel that getting good grades will land them in the job that they want. The fact of the matter is that employers do not want to hire grade grubbing automatons, but instead are looking for students who can produce quality work and get along with other people. Do not go to either extreme of work or play, but instead strive for the golden mean.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are focused and are willing to put a lot of time into their homework. People who just barely pass classes will not fit in.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Space to study in the library is scarce and the computer labs are not big enough to accomidate the amount of students that use them.

Elisabeth
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I can dispense to future college students is to disregard any pre-conceived notions of college life and movi...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I can dispense to future college students is to disregard any pre-conceived notions of college life and moving away from home. As MTV used to say, "You think you know, but you have no idea." Allow yourself to be challenged--and it WILL be challenging, whether in academics, social interaction, the temptation of substances or something else. Have a sense of self, but allow yourself flexibility of mind and heart to grow. Experience life! Go out there and DO something! Life is short, and this is a valuable time to go places and do things you would not have the opportunity to otherwise. As far as finding the right college: Give it a chance. Stop waiting for things to work for you, and make a niche for yourself on your own accord. But, if it is not right, do not be ashamed in searching out other options. Be happy.

What's unique about your campus?

Whitworth is a wonderful community to grow in one's faith. It can be uncomfortable, challenging even, if you practice outside of Christianity, but students and faculty are interested and engaging with those of different faiths.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how difficult it would be to be away from my family, friends, and the place I had called home for 18 years. I would have worked harder on appreciating the life I lived back home, and how different--not good, not bad, just different--life would be in Spokane at school.

Emily
Describe the students at your school.

They are engaged and excited about learning and the college experience. A lot of people really love the outdoors and being a...

Describe the students at your school.

They are engaged and excited about learning and the college experience. A lot of people really love the outdoors and being active. There is always a variety of activities going on so you can find something you love. There is high concern for the world and a challenge to be asking good, hard questions.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Learning shouldn't be a drag. After high school the pursuit of knowledge isn't a requirement anymore; it isn't some monotonous burden that you just want to be over. Learning isn't a means to an end; it is an end in itself. Being enriched and challenged by your college experience is an investment that is worth more than a degree you can hang on your wall or even potential job security. When embarking on the adventure of college learning, you should relish the privilege of having this opportunity, the audacity of expanding your world, and the disruptive and propelling hope that comes with putting yourself in a position to be changed by the ideas, thoughts, and people you encounter. I implore you not to waste your passions, limit your thoughts and convictions, or diminish your potential. Seek a university that will not narrow your vision to the world revolving immediately around you, but find a place of learning that will expand your vision to something more dangerous, more empowering, and that will shake you out of your comfort zone. Fear not to give yourself fully to learning, for it is a asset you can never lose.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you aren't looking for a smaller, close-knit community than Whitworth isn't right for you. It only has a little over 2000 undergrads so you know a lot of the people there. Some people just prefer a large college community.

Daniel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I remember, from my senior year in high school, putting enormous emphasis on choosing the ?right? school. I thought that the...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I remember, from my senior year in high school, putting enormous emphasis on choosing the ?right? school. I thought that the college/university for me would be a prestigious one. A name to put on my resume that would help me get a good job, or better yet a good position in graduate school. I now realize choosing the right school is about finding a place that promotes an environment for the growth of mind and heart. Life is much more encompassing than attaining a good job. Such a school is enjoyable and provides an atmosphere that gets a person excited about life. Life is also made up of more than intellect. The right school is a place that fosters both matters of the mind and heart. Find such a place, and a person will find the right institute. However, this is only half the battle, once a person finds the right college it is up to them to make the experience worthwhile. It boils down to subjective truth: we are what we do.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I new more about Spokane before I came to Whitworth. I now know Spokane offers an array of activities ranging from city life to romping around in the hills. Being able to get away from campus is what I sometimes need to keep going strong.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

College challenges a person on every level that makes someone human, from the physical challenges of eating healthy and staying in shape to the emotional struggles of finding oneself. So then if a person is not ready to persevere through the fire that refines, they should not come to Whitworth.

Travis
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Always visit the school that you are thinking about going to and always factor in cost when making a decision. You can still ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Always visit the school that you are thinking about going to and always factor in cost when making a decision. You can still get a great education, even if it doesn't cost you 100 grand.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing is that there tends to be a lot of "clicks" formed based on ethnicity or popularity.

Shawn
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a small private christian school that doesn't discriminate. There are Christians and non-Christians, Jews, Mormons, Ae...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a small private christian school that doesn't discriminate. There are Christians and non-Christians, Jews, Mormons, Aetheists, all kinds of belief systems here because students are not required to sign a statement of belief to come. It has a focused mission that is made available to more people because of this and service is more of a choice then a requirement. Every January they provide a month long term, already paid for, which allows students to travel and do missions.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Just do it. Have fun adn let the stress slide off.

What's unique about your campus?

The availability of the professors and the connection with the students. Being a Christian Existentialist I was a little worried about fitting in at a christian school, but I recieved very little blow back from the students. During one chapel I spoke as a student teacher and layed out some of my beliefs. the pastor came up to me afterwards and told me how my views reflected his in a lot of ways. It was nice.

Chris
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are critical thinkers, interesting people, and wonderful men and women of God.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are critical thinkers, interesting people, and wonderful men and women of God.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Pray about it, and have confidence in your decision.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Those who want to integrate Christian faith with a high level of learning, or people who want to be welcomed into a college community. Also, non-Christians should come here if they want to see how Christians make sense of the world.

Tara
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Whitworth is best known for good Professor student ratio, and the easily accessible teachers.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Whitworth is best known for good Professor student ratio, and the easily accessible teachers.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are many factors involved in choosing the right College. Some say it's the price tag of the education, and others claim it's the caliber of instruction. Though both are valid reasons to choose a College, what matters most differs for every person. The advice I give you is to take the time to reflect on who you are and what is most important to you and base your decision on those features. If you need to stay close to home because family is what's most important to you, then pick a school that is close. Don't feel pressure to choose a school because that's where your friends are going, or because others think it's right for you. Decide on which Colleges fit your desires and needs and apply for them. When you get there you'll find College is challenging academically, spiritually, morally, and emotionally. It is a time of growth and discovery both about yourself and the world. Take time to enjoy College in its good times and bad, and, if nothing else, learn from the experiences as well as the classes.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about Whiworth is the food and the recent construction on campus. The food is like any cafeteria food perhaps a little better, but if you tend to be conscientious about what goes into it, you may want to have an alternative place to eat. The construction makes it a little hard to sleep in on days when you have late classes.

Alec
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It has been my experience that college is a place where our nation's youth transform into the adults that enter into our soci...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It has been my experience that college is a place where our nation's youth transform into the adults that enter into our society. Because of this observation I urge prospective students and their parents to look for a school whose goals aim to enrich the lives of their students. Professors who invest in students, Student Leadership who take time to get to know their fellow residents and classmates, and an administration that does its best to give the students every opportunity to exceed and excel are all integral parts to a successful institution. It is also important to find a school that allows you to become independent and make your own choices. It is good for students to become responsible decision makers before they are exposed to the whole of society. Finding a college that is a safe place to make some mistakes and yet respects your decision making ability as a young adult is a critical part of developing one's independence. Taking ownership of your own future is a part of this, and also plays into the role of academic success. A healthy balance between academic and social commitment plays an important role in the college experience.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The school is not very ethnically or ideologically diverse and Spokane (the city that Whitworth is located in) is not very diverse either. Because it is a Christian institution many groups (such as gays or lesbians, atheists etc) feel like they are in the vast minority and have a hard time integrating in the morally centered community. This causes a rift between social groups that is not insurmountable, but definitely visable.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It is frustrating that the school's rules and policies are governed by a group of rich old people, the Trustees. Obviously they have provided the money and support to keep the school going but often times they are close minded and resistant to change and inclusion of people who don't think the same way as they do.

Kelli
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

VIsit, and if it feels right, go! Make sure you love the community, and don't have any regrets about your choice .

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

VIsit, and if it feels right, go! Make sure you love the community, and don't have any regrets about your choice .

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Most people here are very Christian, or at least have strict morals. Even if I don't agree with people, i feel like I have to keep that to myself when it comes to morals because I will be judged.

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