What’s up WashU?


My name is Aaron, I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina, and I’m super excited to be one of your new student bloggers!

I am currently a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, leaning towards a major in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience, and Marketing through the Olin Business School. Last week I was leaning towards a major in Psychology, and the week before that a major in Communication Design through Sam Fox. If you can’t tell, I’m officially undecided. That’s why one of my favorite things about WashU is the flexibility; it’s so easy to study literally anything you’re interested in! Even though I am in the College of Arts & Sciences, one of my favorite classes this semester is Advertising I offered by the art school.

Washington University also offers a ton of opportunities to get involved both in school, and in the greater St. Louis community. I remember that within the first month of school, my RAs sponsored a trip to a local high school to help repaint the walls! As for involvement, I’m a part of The JK & L’s College Council helping to plan events for our dorm, and I host a Friday radio show through KWUR, WashU’s fully student operated radio station. I also write for WUnderground, WashU’s premiere satirical newspaper, am involved with WUTV, WashU’s student-run A/V production group, and I’m a tour guide!

I first heard about WashU from my high school counselor. She suggested that I take a look at the school, which led me to a information session (with a representative who coincidentally happened to be my future rescollege’s Grad Fellow), which eventually led to a visit, an application, and finally a decision! While visiting, I fell in love with the community full of supportive students and staff. I felt that WashU was a large enough school to offer the great opportunities and diversity that it does, while small enough to have that “personal” feel. The location is also a huge plus! I knew I wanted to go to a school near a large city, and somewhere where I could still experience all four seasons. (This year has ranged from over 100 degrees Fahrenheit to a windchill of below 0!) Although it’s about a thirteen hour car ride from home, I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else other than WashU!

As my first blog post comes to an end, I want to start a tradition of concluding each with a WashU fun fact!

WashU Fun Fact: Washington University was founded in 1853 under the name Eliot Seminary!