Ever since I can remember, the University of Washington and Washington State University have had an ongoing cross-state rivalry. When I was younger it had no significance to me because I did not know much about higher education institutions, but now that I am amongst the crossfire I can fully see how absurd this all really is.
First of all, neither college is better than the other. Every university has their good and bad qualities. Yes, UW is a highly respected college with an amazing medical program, but they have been in the headlines lately for many robberies on the Seattle Campus. Yes, WSU has one of the best communication schools in the nation, but they are notorious for partying. Nobody is perfect and that means no college is perfect. They both fall short sometimes.
Second of all, students attending either university have the same goal in mind: higher education! College is a place people attend to seek knowledge and a better understanding of the world we live in. The foundation of attending a college should not be based on who the mascot is, sports statistics or media coverage. The news and most media outlets depict each university in a good light for the most part, but that is only to keep the public informed in a professional way. The stories we hear from those within the schools may offer a different perspective, and it is up to us how we interpret the information we receive.
Thirdly, arguments posed by both sides are either invalid or unsound. One argument I have heard far too many times is: “The Huskies/Cougars Suck!” Saying that the Huskies/Cougars “suck” has no premise whatsoever. On what grounds are you making your claim? Athletics? Majors and programs offered? Endowment? There is no reason to make an assumption and not have any evidence to back it up.
Yes, I am proud to be a Husky. But WSU was my first choice. This article was not meant to sound bitter or like an attack. I would just personally prefer that we all stop the name-calling and bad-mouthing about one another and spread positivity, acceptance and appreciation for each other’s goals and choices. I truly believe judging someone by the school they attend is just as bad as judging them by the color of their skin. Often times the outside does not reflect the inside. Let it go and knock it off.