Willamette seems very musically inclined. Often, students can be seen on warm spring days by the Mill Stream holding impromptu concerts with a guitar and a chorus of friends. There are multiple dance clubs on campus from hip hop to swing, and diverse sets of acapella groups that put on performances throughout the year.
Willamette also brings exciting speakers to campus that are usually free to students. I've seen incredible speakers like Angela Davis and Malalai Joya on campus and I know that I would never have gotten the opportunity if it wasn't for attending Willamette.
Weekends can get a little dull but they provide a good time to get off campus. My friends and I would often walk downtown just three blocks away and hang out in the awesome coffee shops lining the streets. Or catch a movie at the mall, or drive an hour to the coast and spend the day at the beach. There's usually something to do for everybody.
Students are proud to be a part of the Willamette Community, meaning that they attend sporting events as well as musical performances and community service events. Willamette has so many varied clubs and groups that everyone can find a community that fits them perfectly; whether it is the small but active Greek system, an intramural sports team, a musical ensemble, a political group, a volunteering group, or any of the many other smaller communities within Willamette. I have never been bored on campus because there are always so many activities and events that get students involved, keep students engaged, and encourage students to try new things and find out more about themselves while making new friends.
Actually though. On a campus with just under 2,000 students, there are 100 student organizations. This is just one example of how involved people are in their community here. I think that people definitely meet this way, but I also think that the dorms are a huge part of community. My roommate from freshman year is my house-mate now in my senior year. We had a great hall who still identifies as a community.
I think one of the biggest ways that students bond is in class. You learn a lot about someone when you're spending time with them in study groups or even just exchanging notes!
Willamette has so many activities, clubs, and sports that sometimes it can be overwhelming because you'll want to do it all! I think overall intramural sports, choir, dance, leadership, volunteering, and Greek Life are the most popular to participate in. I personally have done IMs, Relay for Life, the literary magazine, Greek Life, and hall council.
Activities are very conducive to making friends and creating a strong sense of community. For me, one of the most important aspects of this has been my involvement with a sorority. Though only one third of students are involved in Greek Life, the students that are part of it are often the most involved on campus. I have learned about so many more opportunities and experiences based on what girls are involved in and tell me about. Also, since we are such a small school, the sororities and fraternities are not very similar to their stereotypes.
Many students like to join already founded clubs and there are some who like to start their own clubs. The Willamette student government (ASWU) is popular for funding student budgets as well as Hall Council for dorm-related events. There is also an Outdoor Program, which takes advantage of taking students to show the beautiful Oregon landscape, at a reduced cost.
The Bistro is probably the most popular organization on campus. The fact that it is student-run seems to draw in everyone. It's an environment conducive for studying, meeting with friends or professors or simply taking a break. It's claim to fame is its excellent coffee, food and relaxed environment.
Students partake in all different types of activities on campus. In one week I might attend a lecture on sustainability, a visiting poet's reading in the library and a dance thrown by one of the fraternities or sororities.
The many different organizations guarantee the campus life is always exciting and provides opportunities for everyone.
300+ student organizations and clubs with more being added every year is great. The social life is perfect, there is a scene for everyone and there is not pressure to drink at parties. So you can go and have fun without any pressure.
Willamette is a college campus so there are lot of different social activities to appeal to different interests. There are theater plays, musical performances, guest lectures, dances, pretty much there is always something going on.
Willamette offers over 100 clubs and organizations, so there's something for everyone to get involved in. Outdoor activities and intramural sports are very popular. The Greek community of 3 sororities and 4 fraternities make up about 30% of the student population. This group is somewhat exclusive from the rest of the social network at Willamette. The Events board offers free movie screenings, substance free dances, comedians, musicians, and many other entertainment options for those who wish to take part in activities that do not involve drugs or alcohol. A student who wishes to can find parties to attend, and at least some group of students will take part in recreational activities involving alcohol any night of the week. Many students will go downtown or to Portland to get off campus without partying.
If I am awake at 2 am on a tuesday I am probably taking a snack break from studying with my best friend and house mate. We met freshmen year when we lived in the same hall and have been best friends ever since. Even though classes are demanding, it's easy to have an active social life although a lot of social activities do include drinking. It's really easy, however to hang out with everyone else, even if they are drinking, and not be drinking. There isn't a lot of pressure to fit in the way there was in high school. The Salem downtown area is really close to campus, as is the Willamette River. I often hang out downtown, go out to dinner with friends and ride my bike or run by the river during the weekends.
The dating scene. Oh boy. Let's just say Willamette sucks when it comes to dating. Since it is such a small campus it is hard to find guys that you are attracted to, especially since the classes every year seem to get filled with more and more females. Then again there's the whole thing where the "good" men on campus, of course, have girlfriends. Whatever.
I live off campus now but when I lived in the residence halls it was great - lots of informal interaction with the people around me and always someone up for a serious discussion or a run or pizza. Willamette isn't a party school and alcohol, although available, is generally not the focus of the social scene. I have fun skiing with my friends, doing a beach clean-up and then having a barbeque, going to Portland for some city life, and then come right back to Willamette which feels like home.
The social life on campus is active even though Willamette isn't in the middle of a big city or huge college town. Most people leave their dorm rooms open during the day when they're in their room. Honestly, some of the best times you have in college are hanging out with your friends shooting the breeze. Any partying usually happens off campus at houses nearby campus. Alcohol isn't prevalent on campus and easy enough to stay away from. It's also fairly easy to find if you go looking for it. Any on campus dances are usually run by the Greek system in the fraternity houses, which are very popular. Such events are dry and are staffed by RA's and private security. Speaking of the Greek system, about 30% of the campus is Greek affiliated. The Greek system at Willamette is the place you go if you're driven to succeed. It has made huge strides in the past decade to become more than just the party scene.
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