Why should you attend the Summer Fly-In Program?

Previous years' participants share what it meant to them:

"The fly-in was an experience that I will always remember as my introduction to Whitman. The summer fly-in allowed me to have knowledge of all the resources available to me and to have friends and mentors on my first day here." — Isaiah Banta '20

"The Fly-in gave me an excellent introduction into the campus resources, with the addition of gaining new friendships that I continue to have today." — Eduardo Cabrera '20

"In coming to Whitman, I can say without a shadow-of-a-doubt that the most important experience I had prior to heading here was the Summer Fly-In program. Being both a First Generation/Working Class and Transfer student, the program not only immersed me in what community life at Whitman would be like, but also gave me an amazing core group of friends." — Ryan Garrett '18

"The Summer Fly-in program has been essential to my college experience. Coming from marginalized backgrounds already put me at a disadvantage when I came to this very rich, white school, so the Fly-in program made it possible for me to be knowledgeable of campus resources, build relationships with other students and faculty, and find a place for myself at Whitman." — Adyiam Kimbrough '19

"The Fly-In Program gave me a head start in establishing a supportive and compassionate group of friends on campus. Since the day I stepped on campus for orientation back in August, I felt excited and confident as I began my college career with such a wonderful support system, knowing that I was accompanied by several other FGWC students who already knew and accepted me." — Ellery Nelson '20

"The Fly-In was an integral part of feeling at home at Whitman- without it, I wouldn't have felt as comfortable with the campus or as confident making new connections in my first year. Coming to orientation felt more like coming back to a familiar place, rather than being overwhelmed by new people and experiences." — Donovan Olsen '19

"The leaders this summer made me see how successful and happy I could become at Whitman, and overall they became a very friendly resource to relieve any anxiety I had transitioning into my first year in college." — Emily Rigsby '20