Gap Year Q&A

Hi, future Whitties! I got the chance to have an amazing conversation with junior Sarah Murphy, a Classics major, while she was abroad in Italy. Sarah took a gap year before she came to Whitman and spent time in the American Field Service Program in Finland. During this Q and A, she shares some highlights […]

Studying Abroad During COVID

My study abroad experience was certainly atypical, considering the COVID-19 pandemic was unfolding during the early weeks of my program, which was supposed to last three and a half months in total. The situation with the virus has been changing rapidly, and my life in Costa Rica feels unrecognizable compared to my life in quarantine […]

Preparing to Study Abroad

The process of preparing to go abroad starts during sophomore year when students at Whitman typically start exploring their options for study abroad programs. Almost all Whitman students go abroad during their junior year. Whitman approves a wide variety of programs to send students abroad to. In order to study off-campus, you must have your […]

Concrete Mama: Revisited

Recently, I attended a talk entitled “Concrete Mama: Revisited.” The impetus for this talk was the publication of a second edition of the book Concrete Mama: Prison Profiles from Walla Walla. This book was first published in 1981 and was remarkable in that it depicted a very intimate of prison life within the Washington State […]

Hello from Yunnan, China!

Over the summer I had the amazing opportunity to travel to the Yunnan Province in southwest China through a Whitman program called Crossroads. The Crossroads Program seeks to lead short but high impact excursions led by Whitman professors. My program was led by Professor Chas McKhann and Professor Zhao Wencui. The Yunnan of China is […]