“As Dumbledore has told us, “Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” Even as we all wait for our letters to arrive by owl post in the Prentiss Dining Hall, we can learn from Dumbledore’s words. Reaching out to professors, peers, the ARC, and all of the other wonderful academic and personal resources at Whitman will make your years here even more amazing.”
— Emma Altman
“Creating balance in your life is one of the most important things you can do to make your time at Whitman successful. If you spend too much time on classes, you’ll burn out. Join activities that make you happy and provide a break from academics. Working fun into your daily schedule will make you more productive in the long run. ”
— Austin Biehl
“It’s amazing what you can do if you give yourself enough time to do it! As many times as you’ve heard it before, it really is worth it to get your work done early so you have time for fun without a dark, depressing cloud of due dates looming over your head. ”
— Sarah Blacher
“Marcus Aurelius said, "When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one's energy, that one's modesty, another's generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we're practically showered with them. It's good to keep this in mind." During your first year, you will be meeting new people and creating new friendships, and it's a very exciting process. If you ever find yourself needing any sort of help, just remember that there will always be people that you can turn to who will be more than happy to help you along your way. .”
— Zach Calo
"If you care about something, you have to protect it. If you're lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." -John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
Don't be afraid to take classes you want, join clubs you find interesting, take part in activities that draw your attention, and forge new friendships. Simply enjoy yourself!
— Brian Glickman
“Remember, happiness is a way of travel not a destination" (Roy Goodman) Make sure to take care of yourself even as you approach the challenges of academic life at Whitman. Learn how to balance studying, sleeping, and socializing, while leaving yourself room to make mistakes as you adjust to college life. Whitman (your peers, professors, SAs, et cetera) supports you in your pursuit of excellence--whatever that may be and however long it may take!"
— Nicole Hodgkinson
“Whitman chose you for a reason, which means you have the capability to whatever path you are determined to take. If you see a chance, be the person to jump on it. If you see a problem, be that person to make that change. Remember most of all that this is just a chapter in your life; Whitman will not decide your life. You will.”
— Ali Holmes
Carl Sagan said: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." College is your time to discover your hidden interests and talents -- do not hold back. You have time to take a class that simply sounds interesting, and a small interest could lead you to discover your true academic (or otherwise) passions. Do not be afraid to try something completely different because you just might end up finding that that incredible something takes you far in life.
— Alex Hulse
It sounds over-used, but it's amazing the things you can do if you believe you have the strength. Believe in yourself.
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -Winnie the Pooh
“ Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” -Marianne Williamson
— Emma Neslund
“I always wanted to be an explorer, but I just ended up being a very silly person.” ~ Michael Palin. Focus on cultivating your academics as well as yourself. Be genuine and focus on building relationships.
— Jack Percival
Carl Sandburd once wrote, “ I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.” You will find that there is a lot explore, a lot to do, and generally a lot of everything at Whitman. Don't be intimidated by all there is to experience. Instead, embrace a sense of curiosity and venture to learn as much as you can from professors, from friends, from the world. Allow yourself to be an idealist - curiosity will take you to places of wonder and passion.
— Joel Ponce
“My mother always said, life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get” - Forrest Gump.
Coming to Whitman College is a little like opening a box of chocolates. Like the flavors in a chocolate tin, there are so many different possibilities and wonderful opportunities here at Whitman College. Don't be afraid to try new things and to challenge yourself. You never know when you might find the perfect treat.
— Marlee Raible
“Meeting new people doesn't need to stop after the first few weeks of school. Every time you are in the lunch line, walking to class, or twiddling your thumbs in the library, new faces and friends surround you that would love for you to reach out and introduce yourself.”
— Andrew Recekers
The incomparable Kurt Vonnegut said, “ We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different.” While you should be working hard at college, leave time to fart around! Be open to trying new things, whether that new thing is taking a class that's way out of your comfort zone, joining a new activity or club, or even trying a new type of food in the dining hall. Be open to new experiences, new friends, and an entirely new life. It sounds scary, and it is. But I tried these things, and I found that I really enjoy astronomy, Dungeons & Dragons, and falafel. You never know if you like something until you try it, and college is that time to try it!
— Arden Robinette
“College life will be busy. In the midst of the excitement, remember to set aside time-whether that be twice a week, or once a day-to slow down and to reflect. Appreciate that there is something to be gained from every experience. Use those somethings to clarify and refine goals, perceptions, and so forth. You will learn so much this year! Recognize and reflect upon your knowledge, hard work and achievements!”
— Morrow Toomey
“ Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” -Vincent Van Gough
Don't be afraid to love widely and love much when you come into college. Try out new things: don't limit yourself to classes in one or two departments, or activities similar to those you did in high school. Take a Politics class! Sign up for Book Arts! Go on OP trips! You never know what you're going to love. And once you find something you love, don't be afraid to let people know. Whitties love seeing the passion and excitement of their fellow students, so once you find your "thing", be loud and proud about it, whether that thing happens to be Early Islamic Civilizations, or Rock Climbing, or Renaissance Club. Finally, don't worry if you don't find something you love right away. You'll find your niche.
— Leda Zakarison