In the Fall of 2015, I studied abroad in the United States at none other than Washington State University. No, not Washington DC as everyone has wrongfully assumed so many times. The state of Washington; home to the Seattle Seahawks, the Space Needle, and just a border hop away from Canada. My semester abroad in the college town of Pullman was one of the best times of my life, leaving me with so many amazing and funny memories. There are so many things I love about Pullman, even if sometimes it seems smack bang in the middle of nowhere. Pullman is only a short drive away from the state of Idaho (where you can buy cheap booze as there is no tax added!), and a five-hour road trip from Seattle, one of my favourite cities. Here is my list of reasons why I consider Pullman to be the best college town in America, even though it’s the only real college town I’ve been to so I have nothing to compare it to…So please, just read on and take my word for it. Do you have a favourite college town?
This iconic clocktower. So photogenic.
Th annual lentil festival and the worlds largest bucket of chilli.
Cute little squirrels everywhere!
There is so much school spirit. The coug sign, coug statue, cheerleaders, marching band, tailgating.
Football games like this…
And basketball games…
Butch T. Cougar, the coolest mascot you will ever meet.
Martin stadium is open all night long.
The amazing REC centre and awesome activities like kayaking.
Theres a weed store…if you’re into that.
The Pullman to Moscow trail. Drive or ride for a few miles and you’ll find yourself in Idaho. My friends and I would often grab some bikes and ride over to Moscow for a nice afternoon of exercise and exploring.
They filmed the movie ‘At Middleton’ here on campus.
Sunsets like this…
Awesome hiking trails nearby, such as Kamiak Butte.
Ferdinand’s and Cougar Gold, also known as the best ice cream and cheese you will ever taste!
The cliffs and the dunes.
There’s always a party! Taco Tuesday, Wings Wednesday, Thursdays at Mikes, and weekend frat parties.
It’s just a roadtrip away from Seattle…
… and Portland.
Halloween is not just a day, it’s a Halloweek.
Snow! The campus looks even more beautiful and almost feels like you’ve stepped into Narnia.
Last but not least, Go Cougs!