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Old 07-21-2011, 09:14 PM
 
Location: S.E. Michigan
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Hello! I recently vacationed in western Washington (including Bellingham) and fell in love with the scenic beauty it has to offer. After taking a tour through the Olympic Nat'l Park, I've come to realize that I definitely want to somehow incorporate nature into my future career.

I currently live in Michigan, and am a sophomore in community college, planning on studying journalism and conservation studies. Onto my question(s) now...

I would absolutely love to live in the western Washington area and am interested in the university. However, is it worth it? I understand it's a good school and it's in a gorgeous area where I feel I could get so much out of in terms of happiness and potential career opportunities. The out-of-state tuition is quite hefty but I just don't know what to do.

Living here in Michigan, I can easily go to Michigan State University which is a great school but for some reason, I'm really stuck on Washington.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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Er, could you be more specific? I can answer questions about Bellingham and WWU, but I can't tell you what's right for you. I don't know your financial situation or anything like that.

I graduated from WWU in 2009 with a degree in English. I had a lot of great times during my 4 or so years there - I loved the campus and the city so much, that I return every chance I get. And when I settle down - assuming the United States Army lets me go :P - I'd like to return to Bellingham. Maybe even go back to WWU to get my MFA.

Anyway, that's just my opinion. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: S.E. Michigan
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Thanks for the quick reply! I'm financially dependent on my father. While he could afford it, I'm not even sure if he's willing to pay the hefty tuition. Is it a good enough school to pay such tuition?

I understand that my journalism/environmental studies major isn't in high demand but I do feel that experience trumps everything in terms of being qualified for a job. With that being said, does WWU and even the city of Bellingham itself, provide good opportunities, like internships and possibly careers?

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it there. I've heard nothing but good things about WWU!
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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Define "good enough school". If you mean, enjoyable to attend and will you get a good, solid education, then yes, I think it's more than good enough.

However, Western isn't Harvard (Or even the much closer University of Washington). An employer won't look at it and mistake WWU for an ivy league school. Don't get me wrong, it's not some backwards podunk university, but it doesn't have the name recognition that other schools have.

To be frank, if you're going to need a job while possibly attending WWU, it will be difficult. Jobs in Bellingham are very scarce. It's not a big town to begin with, and when school is in session, it gets flooded by about 10,000 students, most of whom are in the same shoes as you looking for work. Now, if you can get Work Study (IE, a job at the college through financial aid), then that will help.
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