Each university campus has its own aesthetic; The heartwarming and welcoming beauty of WSU Pullman carries her own individuality
I understand little about TikTok. I have heard of the aesthetic that has arisen like cottagecore and have always been familiar with other aesthetics such as “vintage inspired” and grunge.
Pullman has an aesthetic, but whether that aesthetic is clear to see or a well-mixed mix of things, I had a hard time figuring out. I could pinpoint the aesthetics of Colfax better than our own lovely campus.
Jair Da Silva, WSU student wrote in an email that he would describe the town of Pullman as somehow vintage.
“It’s like stepping into a time machine and stepping back into the future,” figuratively speaking, ”Da Silva wrote.
Da Silva wrote that he believes Pullman has a rich history and culture.
I remember one of my history lessons that was about students taking over the French administration building during the protests, so I absolutely think Pullman’s story – as small as it sounds compared to more lively and beloved towns – deserves our attention.
Da Silva wrote that he considers the city vintage because it reminds him of what towns and small towns used to be, something Da Silva personally finds refreshing.
For our campus, Da Silva wrote that he thinks the university has a classic atmosphere.
“It gives you an idea of what a traditional college campus should be like. Every detail of the campus is filled with life from different eras, ”Da Silva wrote.
I kind of understand what he means, at least architecturally. I like to see some of the more traditional buildings like Wilson-Short Hall juxtaposed with the more sleek and modern styles that you can see with the Compton Union Building, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on campus, and some dorms like Olympia.
Da Silva wrote that he believes our campus is what every campus should be because the old and the new blend together well. He wrote that the campus is “ever-changing and timeless”.
It is the beauty of the campus, according to Da Silva, that makes it timeless and poetic.
Although I have never ceased to appreciate our campus with the same level of emotion as Da Silva, I am happy to see him receive a little love. It is a nice place and I continue to hope that my younger sister will have the opportunity to visit Pullman.
Alaska resident Skyler Harrison watched the virtual tour of the WSU campus available on the university’s website.
As someone who has never been to Pullman or seen WSU before, Harrison was able to provide a perspective untouched by nostalgia or fond memories of campus.
Harrison said the buildings looked very traditional, as you would expect from a college campus, and very well maintained. Harrison also said the photograph made Pullman and WSU very picturesque, especially in the scenes where the Palouse Hills are visible.
He said our creamery, Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe, seemed to fit the old-fashioned dining vibe pretty well and the blue heart sculpture looked like art he could use as a thumbnail for a playlist. Oddcore.
In a follow-up conversation, Harrison wrote that “the campus is almost aggressively normal, like something I would find in a movie or a TV series.”
Harrison wrote that because the campus is almost exactly what you would expect, it makes it more interesting when you find unusual art installations or a lovingly assembled stone archway. According to Harrison, the Memorial Arch, a replica of a larger arch that once stood on campus, gives it slight Celtic vibes.
He wrote that these more unique parts of the campus are eye-catching and contrast with the surrounding environment, so they stand out.
Harrison is particularly interested in the area around the Holland and Terrell Library as well as what he calls the cuboid building near the observatory. This building is apparently the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, which I had never thought of before Harrison pointed it out to me.
“I would say there is a real soul there [on campus], although it’s not immediately noticeable, ”Harrison wrote.
While I never thought campus was aggressively normal or timeless, maybe because I never stopped thinking about it, Da Silva and Harrison both pointed out aspects of campus that I enjoy.
Maybe campus normality helps with that timeless feeling Da Silva noted, or maybe not. Either way, I find our campus a great place to hang out. It’s pretty, and depending on where you are, very quiet.
It shares some similarities with the other college I considered attending, my top two choices being WSU or St. Lawrence University in New York. Even though Da Silva and Harrison express what campus looks like better than ever, when it comes to colleges, I guess I have a guy.