Carlson Tessa Carlson ’11 finds the porch of the house where she lives a good place to study when she’s alone and a great place to have long, meaningful discussions with friends.

Tessa Carlson ’11
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Major: psychology

I learn on porches. As much as my learning has occurred in more traditionally academic places, some of my most meaningful and enlightening experiences at Whitman have occurred during long discussions on porches — escaping from the hectic life indoors to sit on well-worn couches, enjoy some fresh air and listen to the gentle hum of Walla Walla traffic.