Washington College is not for everyone and I won’t pretend that it is. It’s small, tight-knit community, involved professors, endless opportunities, grant money galore, and the beauty of Chestertown isn’t for everyone, I guess. But in all seriousness – it’s important to find out what kind of college is best for you.
First, above all else, you need to figure out what’s most important to you. Is it small class sizes or is it location? For example if you want to major in Political Science being near Washington D.C. will probably come in handy (although not necessary at all). Or if you’re really interested in performing on Broadway one day, go to college in New York City. Or say you want to skip class a lot… WAC is not your school. Our professors care and they will not accept a student who cares less than them. College is a personal decision so make sure you know what you want before you decide to attend anywhere.
The cliché for college life is that it’s just one big party. If that’s your philosophy, WAC is also not your school. Don’t get me wrong us shoremen still get down, but that’s not most students’ number one priority. If you want to party non-stop just don’t go to college and live near a college. Then you’ll have way fewer papers to write leaving yourself more time to party it up. Saying this I am NOT trying to say that WAC isn’t fun – because trust me I’ve had more fun here than I’ve had in my entire life, but it is a different kind of lifestyle than partying every night in a big city.
Chestertown is a small town and the nightlife reflects that. If you’re looking for a Project X kind of party every weekend I wouldn’t come to WAC (there are some… but they are few and far between). Instead a typical weekend could consist of going to a party where the lights are actually on so you can talk and get to know people! There’s fun music where people dance with each other not on each other. And most importantly everyone’s welcome! There are people who chose to drink and people who chose not to, but everyone is still very much partying together. We may not be as much of a party school as UMD, but we do party like no other on May Day, Birthday Ball, and War on the Shore.
Another thing you have to consider when deciding what college is best is the academic program. Go talk to the professors and the students in any and all major/minor you’re interested in. Make sure they have what you’re looking for!
Last and definitely not least – don’t make any snap judgments. College is an adjustment. I’ve seen way to many people transfer after one semester and that’s just not the way to do it. You can’t possibly get a good enough look at a college in one semester let alone one tour. Do you research, ask questions (my email is email@example.com), go on more tours, discuss with friends!! Don’t make any quick judgments, but also don’t settle.
Happy birthday George Washington! Thank for securing freedom for Americans and also for giving all WAC students the best party of the year. That’s right, tonight is Birthday Ball - the most anticipated and rocking celebration of the year. This year the theme is Harry Potter, and although I’m not a fan of Harry Potter, I am a fan of everything birthday ball. In order to help celebrate George’s birthday I’m going to list some of my favorite quotes from him!
1. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
2. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
3. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
4. “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
5. “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
6. “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
7. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”
8. “True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.”
9. “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”
10. “The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.”
This high energy class is the perfect way to start my day. I have Dale Daigle as my professor and he is laid-back, funny dude. He’s really taught me, already this semester, that being weird and spontaneous is totally ok! I love this class because I can go in there, be myself, have fun, and not be weighed down by hours of work.
Right now in class we’ve been working on acting a scene. We had to get into groups of two - I actually had the pleasure of working with one of my residents! It was pretty awesome getting to know her much better :). Then last Tuesday we had to perform our short scene in front of the class for a grade. What I love about the grades though is he mostly just grades based on effort - it’s not about being a broadway quality performer and its just about getting out there and knowing your lines. I had a lot of fun on stage with just Ellen (my resident and partner). Plus we totally nailed our lines and killed it on the acting part as well.
Today’s class was especially fun because we got to act in the personalities of our characters from the scene we chose. Then once we figured out the little things our characters would say and do, the class interviewed you. I had so much fun acting like my character because I could be someone completely different and forget about all the things Emma has to do today and focus on just my character. It was strange! Like an out of body experience.
Bottom line: Dale rocks, take him for your distribution or just become a Drama major cause he’s a hoot.
WAC still having classes on President’s Day? George isn’t happy about this one.