Hey! I’m Elliott Crosland, a Junior from Charleston South Carolina, studying Psychology and English. Here is some stuff about me!
- League of WashU- Our campus’ largest videogaming club, focused on building a welcoming community and engaging events.
- Habitat for Humanity- Building houses, helping people, tackling social issues. What more could you want?
- Forx and Stix- By far the best food in Saint Louis. Authentic Thai with portions I can rarely finish.
- Vernon’s Barbecue- The only barbecue, the best barbecue. Sauces are insanely delicious and the sampler is anything and everything you could want that guarantees leftovers.
Things I consistently run into
- The daily struggle of maintaining relationships
- One of the posts between Graham Chapel and Umrath Hall
Saint Louis Stuff
- The zoo- Fun, free, and bursting with life from across the globe, there is nothing better than Dippin Dots and a penguin.
- Missouri Botanical Gardens- Who thought plants could be so fascinating? The gardens are absolutely stunning all year round and offer a mini vacation all over the world.
- Literary Theory- A fascinating area of study that has changed how I think about theory, criticism, and speculation rearding not only ‘literature’ but also in my everyday interactions.
- Existentialism- Can the supposed pointlessness of the world resolve into meaning and resolution? Maybe, it certainly has for me.
- Nick Miller- A Post-doctorate fellow who has since been hired full time at another institution, Nick( he prefers students to call him by his first name) is a man who has changed how I thought of higher ed. His dedication to students as individuals, a 24/7 open door policy, and the passion with which his classes are taught has made me in many ways aspire to follow in his footsteps.
- Wolfram Schmidgen- The chair of the English department, Professor Schmidgen teaches a freshmen seminar called ‘Literature and Justice’. The class is small at 12 people and what struck me is that he treated me, a first semester freshman, with the respect he would a graduate student. I felt like he really listened to what we had to say in out roundtable discussions, something I have been fortunate to come to expect from all my professors.
Words said by fellow Summer Admissions Intern Sankalp Kapur
- Hella tight
Places to study
- The corner of second floor of Olin Library that is closest to Eads Hall
- The second lower level of Olin near the nautical books
- The Trial– I read this for two classes at WashU, each of which changed my interpretation of the novel and how I view many of the hidden mechanisms that make our world work. It is a fantastic book that has so many take-aways and can be mulled over indefinitely.
- American Gods– What I think is Niel Gaimans’s finest work, this adventure novel is set in a world that has had its Gods transposed into the corporal as they roam around the new frontier space that is American belief.