After ten weeks of investigating and interviewing, trying to find how Western Washington bridges with the Bellingham community. We found that there is more than just a bridging, but instead an intertwining. Bellingham and Western seem to be co-dependent of one another and not in a toxic relationship type of way.
We found that many businesses in the community are more than willing to work closely together with Western. There are many businesses that help put on, or sponsor events with Western or Western associated clubs. Many representatives of different businesses can be found right on our campuses, at information fairs or meetings. Even in the classroom the community has a big presence teaching students a wide range of topics from what makes things funny to sustainability.
The people of Western Washington University and the people of Bellingham are one. It is evident that the community is full of people associated with Western whether alumni or current students. We find that many of the employees in the businesses were current or once were Western students. The cliental of these businesses are very obviously associated with Western. The businesses must like them as well since so many of them offer discounts or extra perks to students or alumni. We also see that Western students help reach the community is special ways. Such as being a mentor to some of the younger generation, like many of the coaches at North Coast Gymnastics Academy. There is also the interesting aspect that Bellingham’s environment also gives chances to connect with some of there professors outside of an university setting.
As Western students it’s evident that your time in Bellingham is impacting more than just you. So get out there and enjoy what Bellingham has to offer whether it’s getting discounts on some food or dancing, trying to earn some extra cash, or explore the beautiful outdoors.