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.
- What’s most important to you? Size, closeness to home, location, friends, academic program? Once you know this do not settle for anything less than what’s really important for you.
- College is not a big party (all the time). Parties is not what’s most important for getting your education.
- WAC has an awesome night-life, just don’t expect Project X type parties every night. Look forward to May Day, Birthday Ball, and War on the Shore.
- Know the academic programs of whatever school your considering. Talk to the professors and talk to the students.
- Take the chance to get to know the school. Don’t make snap judgments without knowing all the facts. Talk to your possible future shoremen and ask a lot of questions.