Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wonderous Washington U.

The first thing i noticed when we flew into Missouri, was the green. Everywhere I looked there was some sort of foliage: trees, grass, shrubs, bushes, even the weeds were big and green. I always thought St. Louis was a very wet city, like Seattle, but in the mid-west, considering that it has rained everyday we've been here. But from talking to locals and students of WashU, apparently, we've been quite unlucky with the rain. The moderately cold wet weather reminds me somewhat of San Francisco and I had the comfort of home. For the short time we've spent in St. Louis, I've learned new things about the culture and life at Washington University, as well as the city itself.   

I set my alarm for 8 AM to give myself enough time to enjoy bagels and eggs from the breakfast station at the Knight Center Hotel. Before I knew, we were already packing up our room to check out of the hotel, but our stay at WashU. wasn't over. Trying to step on every dry brick, we took the 15 minute walk in the rain across campus, to the beginning of our site tour. Thanks to the alumni from last night's dinner, I already had a general idea of  what the campus was like.

Evan, a rising sophomore, as our tour guide, led my cohort and I, along with 10 other people throughout the campus in the pouring rain. He led us through almost every puddle on campus, along with various buildings each named after a significant individual to the university. Because of him, I now know the different kinds of mini fridges I can fit next to my Tempur-Pedic mattress in the dorm rooms. I enjoyed how Evan never stopped talking, each moment in between sites was filled with information about things we couldn't see, such as campus life and population. He obviously knew alot about the campus, but tended to wander off to random topics, still about the campus though.My favorite part of the tour were all of the landmarks scattered around Washington University, such as the "Thinking Bunny" and the "Clocktower". Following the hour tour we grabbed some lunch using the $8 Meal Card the school kindly provided us.

View from Entrance of Wash. U.
After a nice meal of burritos, burgers, pizza, and chicken we headed off to an admissions presentation. Compared to the tour, this was to provide more in-depth hard facts about Washington University. And I am pleased to say, it did just that. Amanda Garcia, an admissions officer and Dana Robertson, a rising senior at WashU presented various topics. I was glad to see a familiar face, for Dana was at the dinner last night. This presentation was mostly about reasons why we should attend Washington University and how to gat accepted. I must say the 1:7 ratio of faculty vs. students, meaning more one on one assistance,  free transportation, and complimentary meals, did prove very appealing for WashU. Now, more than ever, I will be striving towards that 34 on the ACT and 2200 on the SAT, two of Washington University’s extensive admittance requirements.

Room 605
After an hour flight delay we have finally arrived in the long awaited Chicago O’hare airport. Blogging has become my new pastime. Every second waiting for my food to arrive or laundry to finish, I whip out my laptop to write about the current events. We just checked into the Omni Hotel in Chicago. I am almost about to go to bed, but I am currently too full from Purple Pig, an amazingly delicious Mediterranean restaurant we went to for dinner. I can tell, I'm going to gain a lot of weight from this trip, but at least my tummy will be happy.

1 comment:

  1. Did you get a picture of the "thinking Bunny"!?