For Environmentalists Who Like to Get Their Hands Dirty
Do you have a hard time in classroom settings, always itching to just get out there and do it? Then Warren Wilson College, nestled in the lush Swannanoa Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has the perfect solution for you. It's called the Triad Education Program, which is a curriculum of work, academics, and service. It requires every student to work an on-campus job, perform at least 100 hours of community service, and complete a requisite course of academic work in order to graduate.
Learning that Lasts
Warren Wilson College was founded in 1894 upon a philosophy of sustainability that continues to this day. The Triad principle of "academics for the mind, work for the hands, and service-learning from the heart" creates what the school says is "learning that lasts." At Warren Wilson, with just 900 students and an average class size of 17, professors know every student by name, enabling them to give each student individualized attention.
Your academic curriculum, in combination with your work crew and service hours, takes you from the classroom to the field to the wider community. According to Warren Wilson's website, this means "you might find yourself in a chemistry lab, analyzing Swannanoa River water quality for a local non-profit's watershed management plan, starting a nationally recognized literary magazine with one of your professors, or teaching science enrichment to over 1,000 third-graders in the Asheville area-providing a national model for the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots and Shoots Program."
We're Not for Everyone
The school's tagline, We're not for everyone...but then, you're not everyone, perfectly encapsulates the school's wholly unique learning environment. Warren Wilson is for students looking for something different, for something more meaningful, and yes, something just a little "cooler" from their college experience.
According to the school, Warren Wilson "provides an outstanding curriculum grounded in sciences and humanities, interwoven with cross-cultural experiences, immersed in service-based philosophy and experienced with an environmental focus. It's a campus where people who want to make a difference can begin meaning it."
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