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My WashU: Then and Now

In which I explain why I decided to attend WashU and how my experiences have compared to my expectations!

1 Semester Down, 7 To Go: My Life at WashU

Welcome to my blog! Here’s some info on me and what I do at WashU. I can’t wait to keep sharing my life with all of you!

FINALS WEEK! (JK, it’s just reading week)

Get as much sleep as you can in high school, because going to bed before 11pm is a goal of mine in college that I have not been able to achieve even if I am physically in bed at 10:30pm

One Semester Down… Seven to Go!

Now that I have survived my first semester of college (and with meal points to spare!), it seems like I am due for a short reflection on the academic shift from high school to college. There are numerous aspects of college that are drastically different, but I want to focus on arguably the most important part of school: the classes.

Hello There!

I’m Sparkle and because icebreakers are amazing I’ll share the following fun fact: I am obsessed with Nutella.

Cave of Wonders

It’s always rewarding when you have a class that actually makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning. To me, as a prospective English major, writing soothes the soul. It allows me an escape. It is a tool that I often use to release my thoughts into the world, hoping that one […]

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Your Ideas Know no Boundaries

Beyond Boundaries is a new educational experience that allows talented and motivated students to tackle big societal and intellectual challenges. The Beyond Boundaries Program is a unique two-year program that equips students to make a difference in a complicated world. Students in the program enter WashU unaffiliated with any school, allowing them to address challenges […]

My Love for the Humanities Lives On

When I tell people that I’m an English and Political Science major, they mostly assume that my ultimate goal is to become a teacher. While I wouldn’t mind becoming a professor at some point, I want to be able to be in the workforce beforehand, and although I haven’t decided what exactly I want to […]

Special Visit Days – Summer 2018

Join us to explore the possibilities! During the summer, WashU offers special visit days that allow prospective students to align their personal interests with specific academic programs. These days offer in-depth insight into study abroad opportunities, research, internships, and combined studies. Plan your visit today! Space at these programs is limited. ACADEMIC EXPLORATION DAYS Monday, […]

Registration Tips

This past week, Wash U students went through the semesterly ritual known as registration. Although incoming freshman choose their classes for the fall semester later on in the summer, current students have just registered. If you’re an incoming student worried about choosing college classes for the first time, have no fear. Here are some tips […]

Social Movements:Sociology 2030

Before this semester, I had never taken a class in the Sociology department at Wash U. I wasn’t even sure what Sociology was exactly, how it was different from Psychology. However, during Spring Registration this past fall, I noticed a class that interested me. It also happened to fulfill my major requirements. The class, Social […]

Making Time for Office Hours

Taking advantage of office hours might be the best kept secret of any university, but at WashU we are letting the cat out of the bag!

Modern Issues, Historical Relations – A Day in Japan with GCP

Last year, my class went to Japan over Spring Break as part of my freshman FOCUS program, the Global Citizenship Program. Come along as I look back on the experience!

Major Decision

It’s almost here. In less than a month, the day I worried about all of freshman year will finally arrive: the day I have to declare a major. And yet, now that it’s quickly approaching, I’m no longer worried. In fact, I’ve already started the process to declare my major, International and Area Studies. If […]

How I’m Picking my Major

I’m not majoring in what I thought I was going to freshman year and declarations are due in February, but I’ve got a plan.

New Year, New Classes!

Winter break is officially over, and the new semester is in full swing!

Lauryn’s Declassified Midterm Survival Guide

Getting through midterm season is an art. While I haven’t perfected it quite yet, here are a few things I’ve learned along the way.

Retail Management: The Guest Lectures

One of the coolest things about classes in the Olin Business School is that there will typically be a few guest lecturers throughout the semester. Here’s a sampling of guests who visited my Retail Management class!