|The beautiful admin building|
|Chloe tried out the seats in the chemistry and biology lecture hall|
I was also really impressed with the care that is lavished on each student to ensure that he or she has the best possible experience. Each student has access to a 4-year advisor, a major advisor, a pre-professional advisor, and a career center advisor. Together, this team ensures that each student gets the classes they need, has opportunities to get valuable internships, and offer assistance compiling resumes. As a student from the WCCUSD, where funding for counselors is minimal and one-on-one meetings with counselors are hard to come by, it was amazing to hear that each person has at least 4 advisors who are readily available to help with anything needed.
After our info session, we toured campus under the guidance of Elizabeth Chen, a rising sophomore from San Francisco, California. She was able to give us great advice about adjusting from the Bay Area culture to that of St. Louis. The main impression that I’ve been getting over that past two days here is that while everyone at WashU is academically focused, there is a strong emphasis on inclusion and support on and off campus.
|Elizabeth shows us a typical freshman dorm|
|The Malaysian Sun Bear paces around its enclosure|
In the afternoon, we visited the free zoo in Forest Park. Everyone recommended the zoo to us last night, and our tour guide also told us to visit, so we thought we had better check it out. I really enjoyed the visit, as we got to see several different species of bears, penguins, and baby and juvenile elephants. I always feel a little conflicted when I view zoos and aquariums because it’s sad to see animals penned up in such relatively small spaces, but I know that zoos and aquariums often play important roles in research and conservation.
|The baby Asian elephant was adorable!|
|Appetizers: penne, shrimp, and scallops|
|The famous Gateway Arch|
Tomorrow, we’ll fly to Chicago. With luck, we won’t have any problems at the infamous O’Hare Airport. Over and out until tomorrow.