- “Take a Walk”
- The Residence Hall Experience: Why Dorm Living is Good Living
- Singing in the Holidays
- I Wanna Dance (and sing) With Somebody
- Use Your Imagination
- “Welcome to W&J, I’m your tour guide, Georgia.”
- My New Best Friend…The Teacher?
- The Few, The Proud, The W&J Rugby Team
- W&J: A Commuter’s Perspective
- W&J Presidents go to Pittsburgh and Beyond...
- My Journey with Michelangelo
- Magellan Awards: Just Because Magellan Sailed Around Africa Didn’t Mean I Had To
- The Magellan Project: Ashleigh Kazmeraski
- The Magellan Project: Marissa Stevens
- Red&Black Behavior
- W&J: Serving the Community since 1781
- Washington: Not Your Average Small Town
- Grab a Cup of Coffee with Your Microscope
- January – the New Green-Eyed Monster
- A Family of Athletes
- Liberal Arts Academia: Why Being Well Rounded Matters
- Q&A with Dr. Tori Haring-Smith
Washington (Pa.) Courthouse
Washington: Not Your Average Small Town
I could have gone to college anywhere, but I stayed in Washington (or “WashPa,” as it is affectionately referred to by W&J students). Located about 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, this town of just over 15,000 people has a lot going for it.
Last week, after having lunch with a friend at Union Grill, I walked down Main Street on a sunny afternoon. As I passed the beautiful old courthouse where I interned my sophomore year at W&J, I smiled at the people who were outside enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. A group was eating lunch out of a pizza box on the courthouse steps while two guys sat on the sidewalk singing and playing their guitars. I could have stayed all day just taking it all in.
But I had errands to run, so I got in my car and headed to the life-sustaining spot most essential to every college student — Walmart. It’s near campus in a plaza with a variety of shopping and dining opportunities. The College provides shuttles to these locations so that students who don’t drive are able to shop or get a bite to eat.
Washington is great because it is far enough outside the city without being in the middle of nowhere. It also has plenty of entertainment options, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, miniature golf courses, a driving range, and a minor league baseball team called The Washington Wild Things.
I’m glad I picked a college close to home. Not only am I getting an excellent education, but with all that it has to offer, Washington provides W&J students the best of both worlds — big-city perks in a small-town setting.
W&J Class of 2010