Kelly Valette ’18
Why Washington College?
As Washington College is a small liberal arts institution, we pride ourselves on providing our students with a more individualized education. This means that our students are able to play an active role in their education while working alongside our faculty members. With our small class and lab sizes, students are able to get to know their professors on a name to name basis, rather than being known as a number.
Washington College was founded in 1782 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The college sits in the heart of Chestertown right on the Chester River. Our students have full access to our waterfront campus where they can take out paddleboards, canoes and kayaks with their friends. The community members are invested in supporting the college students with the opportunities to explore outside of campus. Chestertown offers many events throughout the year, from the weekly Farmers Market on Saturday mornings to our Tea Party festival in May. If you are looking for a small town community feel, Chestertown is the place for you!
Throughout my college search, I wanted a small school, strong education program as well as a rowing team. My first visit on campus, I had not even stepped out of the car yet, and I turned to my mom and said, “This is the place for me!” I had that gut feeling everyone always told me about. I grew up on the Mohawk River in upstate New York and started rowing in middle school. Because Washington College is located so close to the water, it felt like home to me. As a student at Washington College, I was given the tools to expand my horizons while collaborating with a diverse group of students. As a Human Development major, I was able to start observing teachers in my second semester freshman year. I knew I wanted to play a role in education ever since I was a little girl and Washington College supported my dream. Working in Admissions opened my eyes and allowed me to experience the behind the scenes of the admissions process. I started as a student ambassador, giving prospective students tours around campus and hosting students overnight. As my passion grew for guiding potential students through their college search process I became an admissions fellow and oversaw our ambassador program. Together with my peers, we developed more experiences for our prospective students such as the Chestertown Tour.
I hope when you visit Washington College you get the same sense of family that I did. Please consider setting up a time to visit us, and set up an information session, tour and interview. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns about Washington College and I look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
Major: Human Development
Athletics: Coxswain, Men’s Rowing Team
Organizations: Admissions Fellow, Relay for Life, Caring for Kids