I wouldn’t trade this place for the world.

I almost didn’t go to WashU. I almost didn’t become the person I am today. I almost missed out on going through all of the life-changing experiences that have helped me grow as a person. Thank goodness I came.

It wasn’t just the classes. It was the people. It was the chats at 5 o’clock in the morning with the kids on my floor about the meaning of life. It was the spur-of-the moment business ideas that I fleshed out with my floor-mate. It was the meatball business that I ran on my freshman floor for two months. It was the friend down the hall that inspired me to join climbing club, which I’ve been doing for months now and love every minute of. It was the guy with a perspective so different than mine that I re-thought my entire world-view. It was the guy that became my role model and inspired me to challenge myself. It was the teacher that brutally deflated my ego by refusing to give me high grades if I didn’t really pour my soul into my essays. It was the lady in Bears Den who cheerfully asked me how my day was, no matter how crummy I was feeling. It was the guy who owned a business and ran a fraternity at the same time. It was the friend I met that made me realize I’d been living incongruently with my values.

Feeling contemplative and grateful by the fire. Its probably because I have a fireplace in my dorm.

Feeling contemplative and grateful by the fire. No, I’m still not sure I believe my dorm has a fire place.

There’s nothing like this atmosphere. Everyone here has plans to change the world, to do something great, to excel. I think it’s rubbing off on me. You can’t help but be uplifted when your classmates are starting charities, working three jobs, overloading on credits, or doing medical research. It is that do mentality that separates WashU students. They don’t just think about things, they take action on them.

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