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Anyone else applying for the class of 2017?

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  • spaceman77spaceman77 3 replies4 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Ahhhh I am so happy people posted in this forum! Whitman is my second choice, behind Pitzer, and I have been wondering what other people wrote on for their supplements.

    I love Whitman, especially it's northwest vibe. I'm from Portland (around 4 hours away) and I'm really familiar with the atmosphere. I'm actually slightly worried that it won't be a big enough change for me !!

    Anyways does anyone want to share their supplements?
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  • thirrdplanetthirrdplanet 622 replies56 threadsRegistered User Member
    I applied to Pitzer also and I'm from Portland. I visited whitman and I loved it so much. The student body is so relaxed and chill. The northwest attitude is so laid back and I would honestly be more frightened to go to the east coast and get away from that. If that makes sense.
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  • ardenatwhitmanardenatwhitman 43 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I'm a current Whittie and I'm from Portland--it does have a nice NW vibe, but there's enough regional diversity that it isn't too overwhelming. For me, it was enough of a change that I didn't feel like I was right back at home, and the actual physical environment of Walla Walla also helps change the vibe into something more...Whitman-ish?
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  • addieu2addieu2 9 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I just received my admissions notice - so it looks like I'll be at Whitman in the fall :)
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  • addieu2addieu2 9 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Hi - I just was accepted and you can see my supplements. Just let me know how to send them.
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  • ardenatwhitmanardenatwhitman 43 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Congrats!!!
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  • addieu2addieu2 9 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thanks!!!!!!!! (the extra !!!! are because just "thanks" was blocked from sending because it "too short to send" haha
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  • bopambobopambo 1243 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    addieu2, congratulations! Whitman is a unique and wonderful place. My S has had a great experience and I hope you do too. We've all become very fond of Walla Walla.
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  • thirrdplanetthirrdplanet 622 replies56 threadsRegistered User Member
    Did you apply ED? I'm wondering how you already know!
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  • ardenatwhitmanardenatwhitman 43 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    EDII decisions were released on Friday. You still have a while to wait, sorry! :/
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  • thirrdplanetthirrdplanet 622 replies56 threadsRegistered User Member
    Dang I still have 2 months to wait ugg.
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  • ardenatwhitmanardenatwhitman 43 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    You can do it!!!
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  • addieu2addieu2 9 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Hi -sorry for the delay....I don't check this site much. I applied EDII just to be done with it. No regrets!
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  • thirrdplanetthirrdplanet 622 replies56 threadsRegistered User Member
    I wish I had that luxury. I need to compare FA awards. Did they offer you any need or merit?
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  • ardenatwhitmanardenatwhitman 43 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I can't tell you what addieu2 got, but I received an FA package with need and merit, if that helps.
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  • addieu2addieu2 9 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    hi thirdplanet - no, I didn't apply for any type of FA. My parents said we would never qualify -haha..
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  • sunhopessunhopes 4 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I hope I can help clarify things. I am a Whitman parent. I am just speaking from my experience. With regular, need based financial aid from Whitman, the package will likely include grant money, loans and work study. It may or may not total what Whitman considers the amount of a student's need. If a student gets merit aid and the package already totals 100% of need, the merit money can be used to reduce the amount of loans or work study in the package, thereby making the package more attractive to the student. A package which is offered because the student applies for financial aid, will not be made to
    exceed need. So, if the merit money exceeds the amount of loans and work study awarded based on need, then the merit award will reduce the need based grant. If the student did not apply for need-based financial aid, the student may still get a merit based award - even though there is no demonstrated need. I hope that helps.
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  • ardenatwhitmanardenatwhitman 43 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    To go along with sunhopes' point about work study--Whitman has a ton of work study jobs available on campus. It probably varies from year to year, but Whitman employs a lot of students in various jobs around campus, and I had a job within a week of starting here. There are even some offices on campus that only employ work study students. I know you still have a while before you even need to start considering that, but I thought it might be good to know that if you jump on applying for jobs early (as in, e-mailing resumes around before school starts), you have a really good chance of covering your work study on campus.
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  • SwintergreenSwintergreen 11 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I applied to Whitman EDI. After visiting in the fall, I was so sure that this was my school, that I could be happy there and grow into maturity within its peaceful, colorful campus. I took a nap on one of Penrose's leather couches while waiting for an interview and spontaneously composed a short-lived poem while contemplating the falling leaves. It's a beautiful little place, and I love the atmosphere there. It's quiet, but I could tell that the students were having a great time. The big field in front of the library had a group of people playing soccer on it, and a lot of people were on bikes. There was such a great vibe, and everyone I was introduced to was really happy to meet me; their faces just lit up when they saw that I was a prospy.

    I really want to go to Whitman, so I applied ED to show my interest and crossed my fingers for at least a little financial aid. I did get a merit scholarship, but didn't apply for need-based, which is understandable... nevertheless, it's going to be a little tough on my parents. If worst comes to worst, I'll work part-time for the year and maybe transfer out for the second. I'd probably end up going to Seattle University, as it is close to home and I am sure they would give me a large(r) merit scholarship.

    If you've been accepted ED and you regret it, it's not the end of the world, haha. Transferring out is always an option. From what I saw, Whitman has some nice job offers, too. I'm planning on working at one of the dining halls. :)
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  • bopambobopambo 1243 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Swintergreen, this sounds like a very uncomfortable situation. I'm not sure why you didn't apply for financial aid, but I would have a frank talk with the Financial Aid office NOW if it's really likely you can only spend one year. Early decision is binding UNLESS you are unable to afford to attend. It sounds like you leaped before you really had a grasp of the costs and how the financial aid system works. I love Whitman but I don't think I'd want my child enrolling if it was likely to be for a single year before a transfer.

    If you can manage to stay four years by getting a work/study jobs then I assure you that many other students are doing the same thing. Get a head start on the job you want by sending emails and resumes before you get to campus.

    I'm sorry this has happened to you, but it has, and I would be proactive, talk to Whitman. Then reevaluate your options.
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