I knew the second I stepped foot onto WAC’s campus that this was going to be my second home. I felt comfortable, I loved the feeling of having so much fresh air compared to my visit of George Washington University. I don’t know why I was so attracted to WAC because I do consider myself more of a city girl than one that can feel at ease in a rural community - I need more excitement than that. I think I knew WAC was for me when I walked onto campus and was instantly greeted like they were expecting me (and they were, but it certainly wasn’t like that at any other college tour). My tour was one on one and she really got the chance to get to know me. I felt like everyone around me wanted me there; I felt supported. Although some of that freshman year awe has faded, this college is just as supportive of me (and in fact the support has grown) since my first step on campus.
A huge aspect of the support I receive is from my professors. I have a few professors in particular who are constantly looking out for my best interest. They know all I want to do is travel so they send me numerous emails every day listing various opportunities to travel around the world on a college student’s budget. Dr. Shad, my advisor and international studies professor, made it possible for me not once but twice to travel to places I could have never dreamed of before. Dr. Shad single handedly found me a dozen grants to apply to and off I went a month later to spend two months in Tanzania. It was the most amazing time of my life. Then just two months after I got home I was off to Morocco for a conference on the Muslim World. Truly amazing. Another very supportive professor is Dr. Lampman, an anthropology professor here, who actually went on the Tanzania trip and took the time to send me an email after he had left Tanzania and I was still there to ask me how things were going. He is a pro at sending emails that always make me feel very supported in my education. Just a couple weeks ago he emailed both my boyfriend and myself reminding us that the Cater Society application was due soon and that he would be happy to write us both recommendation letters. That’s an excellent professor right there. Thank you both! For any prospective students you MUST take a class with at least one of these professors - they’re both phenomenal professors and amazing advisors (more like life-coaches).
Then there’s the friends I’ve made while I’ve been here and they are equally as supportive. Of course the people you are friends with the first week of college are probably not going to be the people you’re still friends with by your sophomore year, but I am amazed by how so many of my first friends are still so supportive of me.
My one friend Anna texted me on the morning after my boyfriend left for South Africa (for study abroad) and offered some words of encouragement assuring me that everything was going to be ok. I almost cried when I read it because it made me feel so much better and much less alone. Thanks Anna :).
Then I have my two best friends who I actually met in Tanzania - Zee and Kayla! Our support for one another is more silent, transferred through supportive glances and long hugs, but equally as meaningful and they have made my sophomore year the best year yet. These two I can always count whether it’s The Office marathons or building a fort (yes we really did build a fort). I love you guys and thank you!!
Then there’s my boyfriend, Dom, but if I try to put into words how supportive he is of me it would be way too mushy gushy that the whole world would roll their eyes, so I’ll just keep this more to myself. But I miss you and love you so so much!
Washington College is not just a place to receive an exceptional education, its a home. It’s my second family, actually strike that it’s my extended family - they all blend together now. Thank you WAC for being so supportive, it makes this whole college thing effortless!