Summer Update: WashU Experience

As I barely adjust to the concept of being an upperclassman in high school, I’m thrown onto a plane by myself and sent off to live into a dorm, taking classes at one of the top universities in the country. 

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to go to Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) for two weeks. I lived on campus, bought my own meals with a meal card, attended seminars, and went to classes every day. On the weekends, I was able to explore the city and hang out with an amazing group of friends that I managed to make within those two weeks. 

Here’s an example of a daily schedule: 
Time  Activity Location/description
 7:00-8:00   Get up and ready  Dorms – sharing a bathroom with three girls was a bit difficult, but we made it work
 8:00-9:00  Breakfast Cafe Bergson – I usually had some pastry and a Jamba Juice, but if I was more hungry I’d get hot breakfast at the DUC 
 9:00-12:00  Class   Lopata room 202 – the morning session was filled with some lecture, as well as activities
 12:00-1:30  Lunch DUC/Olin Library – I often utilized this long lunch time by going to the library and getting a head start on homework 
 1:30-4:30  Field trip at MO History Museum  We took several field trips in the afternoon sessions, such as to the Kemper Art Museum, Zoo, MO History Museum, and Fox Theater 
 4:30-5:00    Free This time was usually spent walking over to Hillman and hanging out with friends 
 5:00-6:00  College readiness seminar Hillman room 70 – they had an optional seminar series that I attended; it was fun, informative, and engaging
 6:00-7:00  Dinner  I would eat dinner at the DUC or at Subway, depending on what we were feeling that day 
 7:00-9:00  Study Dorm – I had a chapter or so of reading each night, and of course work for the final project the second week 
 9:00  Check in  Lobby – we had to check in each night so they knew we were accounted for 
 9:00-10:00  Finish studying, plan for tomorrow Dorm – I always made a plan for the next day to make sure I wouldn’t miss any events 
 10:00-11:00  Get ready for bed Dorm – showering, brushing teeth, putting out clothes, packing bag, etc. 
 11:00  Go to sleep If I got to bed by 11, I’d get just enough sleep! 

Throughout my time at WUSTL, I fell in love with the campus. It is extremely beautiful: the architecture is astounding, it’s amazingly green, and the walks to class were easy and enjoyable. I also fell in love with the people: the staff was helpful, friendly, and welcoming. I really felt at home there. Not only did I enjoy the experience of being at college as a whole, but I learned a lot. I was in the writing communications institute, which was a perfect fit for me considering my profession. I learned a lot about web design, writing, blogging, public relations, interviewing, etc. My class was amazing; the professor, Dr. Bloomquist, was nice and very helpful, and I became very close with my peers.

As a final project, we were to create a 2-page feature piece, select a photo to accompany the piece along with a caption, and explain two other forms of media we could include to enhance the piece and its message. We also needed to create a poster and present our topic in a two minute speech to the other writing institute (it was about 40 people total). Naturally, I chose to write about ALT. Pictured left is a photo taken of me while I was giving my presentation. If you’d like to check out my final project, you can find it linked at the bottom of the post. 
I learned a lot from my experience at WUSTL: forming relationships, living on my own, the college lifestyle, being in communications, and overall having a sense of independence. Navigating airports and having the daily responsibility of living without parents or family left me with a renewed sense of self confidence and independence that will help me on my journey as I continue to grow and mature. I’m so grateful I had this wonderful opportunity! 
❤ Alicia 

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