I Visited WSU Pullman And Part Of Me Wishes I'd Gone There Instead Of WSU Everett

I Visited WSU Pullman And Part Of Me Wishes I'd Gone There Instead Of WSU Everett

I’ve honestly never felt more at home in my entire life.
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Before I get started, I should let you know that I go to Washington State University Everett, not Pullman.

Most people don’t have to say that because most people actually have the privilege of attending the main campus unlike myself.

That being said, I got the privilege to be apart of the first class to attend the newly open campus (or building, I should say). And that wouldn’t have happened had I gone straight to WSU Pullman after high school, which had been the initial game plan.

But I’m an indecisive human, as you can tell from a recent article I wrote, and I can honestly say, I don’t regret a single academic decision I’ve made thus far.

I believe everything happens for a reason, and there’s a reason I stayed close to home all this time. Maybe even multiple reasons.

Regardless, I, along with a ragtag team of a few other amazing communication students from WSU Everett made the long journey down to Pullman for the 43rd Murrow Symposium, which is a huge event for communication students — for any professional in the field in general.

All but one of us drove, and if you don’t know where Pullman is compared to where all of us generally live, it’s approximately a five and a half to six-hour drive. Give or take. So, yeah, you could say it was pretty exhausting.

This was my first time being on the main campus, and honestly? It was freaking awesome. It was everything I had expected and more. Way, way more.

First of all, it’s a true college town.

WSU is literally everywhere.

Their Walmart and hotel have their own mini WSU section in them, their restaurants have WSU-related drawings on the wall and “Cougar Gold” cheese on their menus — even their McDonald’s sign has “Go Cougs!” on it. I’ve honestly never felt more at home in my entire life.

Where I live, which is approximately 30 minutes away from Seattle (aka UW-central), it’s rare to see that much Cougar appreciation, which is sad. Especially for us loyal #EverCougs. So, it was nice to be on the other side for once.

I think that’s what made me like being there so much. Everywhere I went, I was reminded of the single best decision I’ve ever made in my life:

Becoming a Coug.

OK, maybe it’s not the single best decision. I’ve made tons of best decisions in my life. Like, buying a portable charger for my always dying cell phone. But hey, it comes at a pretty close second.

That’s not the point, though. The point is I love my college, and I wouldn’t have wanted to go anywhere else. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity I had. To have been accepted into such an incredible school, and to have joined a program I live and breathe every single day. To have met such amazing people in the short amount of time I’ve been at WSU.

And to have gotten the chance to visit where it all began — the main campus — is surreal. And yeah, a part of me kind of does wish I’d gone there instead. A part of me wishes I’d had the full college experience.

But a bigger part of me is extremely grateful to have taken the route I took.

All things considered (Murrow communication majors, you better get this joke), I leave you all with one final thought…

GO COUGS!



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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Academics is definitely something important for students, but it seems that creativity is pushed aside too often.

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