First Year Programs

FIG Leaders

FIG Leaders are experienced UW students who lead the GEN ST 199 course included in every First Year Interest Group. They will be aiding in your transition to the University by covering a mix of academic information, campus resources, common transition questions and more through ten weeks of lesson plans. You will meet your FIG Leader during Dawg Daze at Husky Kickoff! 

Meet your Engineering Peer Educator (EPE) 

If you need the contact information for any FIG Leaders, you can contact the FIG program at figs@uw.edu. 

Meet previous FIG Leaders who have helped shape the FIG Program over the years!

Abbi Hoogeveenshe/her

Abbi Hoogeveenshe/her

FIG: D2
Major: Communication & Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Try everything that intrigues you (classes, RSOs, leadership positions), especially the things that scare you most!! The worst that can happen is you learn something and move on.

Abbott Phinneyhe/him

Abbott Phinneyhe/him

FIG: E9
Major: Intended: Political Science

What advice do you have for new students?

Talk to people and don't be afraid to reach out first!

Abby Mirandashe/her

Abby Mirandashe/her

FIG: H3
Major: Biology

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

One must-have experience for students is renting a canoe from the WAC during fall or spring quarter. You can paddle around Union Bay and into the UW arboretum for an awesome afternoon adventure.

Addy Lennemannshe/her

Addy Lennemannshe/her

FIG: I4
Major: Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice for new students is to take advantage of the resources that professors have to offer. Office hours are such a strong resource and even if you don't have any questions, still go and introduce yourself!

Alene Nunnshe/they

Alene Nunnshe/they

FIG: G4
Major: English & Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The fact that there's so many options to study what you love and not be restricted to one singular right path; an abundance of resources available!

Aletta (Meijie) Lishe/her

Aletta (Meijie) Lishe/her

FIG: D4
Major: Biochemistry

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzallo! It's a very beautiful place, and I feel like I can better focus in a library that is quiet.

Alice Hofsetzshe/her

Alice Hofsetzshe/her

FIG: H7
Major: Intended: Neuroscience

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the beautiful scenery, the great restaurant spots, and the university's commitment to the health and safety of its students.

Alyssa Randallshe/her

Alyssa Randallshe/her

FIG: L2
Major: Anthropology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the location, the PNW is one of my favorite places I've been. We're near the city while also being a short drive away from the mountains or the beach :)

Amber Choushe/her

Amber Choushe/her

FIG: E7
Major: Intended: Psychology & Early Childhood & Family Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

Be courageous! Don't hesitate to step out of your comfort zone. It is essential to grab every opportunity to try and explore new things in this diversified and abundant environment. Moreover, don't be afraid of asking and seeking help whenever you have questions or encounter problems. UW is a friendly and helpful environment where faculty and students are all willing to offer their hands.

Amy Oguejioforshe/her

Amy Oguejioforshe/her

FIG: F6
Major: Intended: Public Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the opportunities the University of Washington gives us to find a community and build upon those connections you find in one. I think it helps students form valuable friendships and communication skills, that work to help us succeed later on in life.

Anna Gallaghershe/her

Anna Gallaghershe/her

FIG: J6
Major: Intended: Architecture

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The community here at UW is the best part. Students are provided with so many resources and whatever you need, there will be someone there to help.

Arden Lichtershe/her

Arden Lichtershe/her

FIG: J7
Major: Intended: Business Administration

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Go to Fall Fling! It is so fun to have a concert performed in the middle of campus. It was my favorite event of Dawg Daze and it had such amazing vibes. Everyone was so happy and excited to just listen to the music and dance their heart out."

Benny Bennettshe/her

Benny Bennettshe/her

FIG: B9
Major: Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the ability to find your community no matter what they may be in a large university setting that provides endless opportunities.

Berrit Stowshe/her

Berrit Stowshe/her

FIG: D3
Major: Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the environment we live in. Everything that surrounds our campus is s beautiful. From the natural wildlife to Mt. Rainier to campus itself, I enjoy the area year round.

Boya Wanshe/her

Boya Wanshe/her

FIG: O3
Major: Anthropology

What advice do you have for new students?

Take a breather! Don't forget to prioritize your mental health.

Brandon Spoonerhe/him

Brandon Spoonerhe/him

FIG: L3
Major: History & Political Science

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't beat yourself up if you feel overwhelmed or challenged at first! Transitioning to university is a very big change, so don't feel discouraged if there is a bump or two in the road!

Brenna Kennedyshe/her

Brenna Kennedyshe/her

FIG: I5
Major: Intended: Psychology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The quad during the spring! Everyone is out on their blankets doing homework, playing music, and being active.

Brennen Normanhe/him

Brennen Normanhe/him

FIG: A4
Major: Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

It may take time to adjust, but you will find your niche community.

Caitlin Palacioshe/her

Caitlin Palacioshe/her

FIG: J5
Major: Intended: Psychology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how there are so many opportunities for students to get involved! There are so many opportunities to suit and and all interests of anyone, and if you can't find one, you have the power to start one!

Cayla Surovskyshe/her

Cayla Surovskyshe/her

FIG: A8
Major: Community, Environment, & Planning

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't put too many expectations on yourself or compare yourself to your peers. Everyone has a different college experience, and what works for someone else may not work for you so don't be too hard on yourself.

Chloe Jiselleshe/her

Chloe Jiselleshe/her

FIG: D8
Major: Cinema & Media Studies

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

I would say that a must do experience for new students is to utilize the WAC (Waterfront Activities Center) and the recreations at UW in general. As a student you get discounts and even sometimes free on activities like canoeing through the WAC or using the Intramural Activities (IMA) Building to workout.

Christina Hartshe/her

Christina Hartshe/her

FIG: E
Major: Biology

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

I would try to go to at least one husky football game. Even if you aren't that into sports the energy of the stadium is worth it. Everyone is excited and it's a good chance to rep some husky pride.

Ciara Laneyshe/her

Ciara Laneyshe/her

FIG: B5
Major: Intended: Architectural Design

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that there's something for everyone here! While it is a big campus, there is a variety of RSOs and places to make the campus feel smaller. The food on campus and the surrounding areas is also fun to try out, and there are lots of Instagram worthy sites that are free or discounted for students to try out.

Daniel Onghe/him

Daniel Onghe/him

FIG: J8
Major: Chemistry & Biochemistry

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Talk to your TAs! During office hours, they are there to help you in your learning and can give a different perspective from your professors. The TAs often have great stories to share and are usually more than willing to talk about their cool research and help guide your decisions about graduate school and careers.

Dianna Laguanshe/her

Dianna Laguanshe/her

FIG: K5
Major: Education, Communities and Organizations

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Education 251: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity is a MUST take! Understanding your own positionality and being able to be vulnerable is such an important tool in college for understanding yourself as well as building connections.

Drew Elamhe/him

Drew Elamhe/him

FIG: L5
Major: Intended: Business Administration

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Dawg Daze for sure, it's crazy, it's fun, you meet people, and learn a little, definitely the best thing to do when you are first adjusting to campus life.

Ella Simmonsshe/her

Ella Simmonsshe/her

FIG: G9
Major: Education; Communities and Organizations

What advice do you have for new students?

4 years will go by faster than you think - make the most out of every opportunity, try new things, and say yes to everything you can manage!

Elsa Kopfshe/they

Elsa Kopfshe/they

FIG: J
Major: Intended: Political Science

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

I would encourage new students to go to as many Dawg Daze events as they can! Not only are these events fun, they're a great place to start in terms of joining clubs, meeting people, and learning what UW is all about. These events are where I made a lot of my first friends my freshman year! They're a can't miss -- my personal favorite in 2021 was the full-on free concert for students! I never expected to be watching Dayglow perform my first week here.

Emi Eckeyshe/her

Emi Eckeyshe/her

FIG: F8
Major: Informatics

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Join an RSO! It is such an awesome opportunity to meet so many different people outside of your major and class standing, but who share a similar interest as you. From academic clubs to recreational activities, there are endless opportunities to find a community and make your time at the UW unique.

Emma Koehlershe/her

Emma Koehlershe/her

FIG: D5
Major: Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Never put yourself in a box. Your opportunity at the UW is limitless. You can design your own path with the classes you take, clubs you attend, extracurriculars, on-campus/off-campus work, etc. At some point, your interests will change: maybe you want to try a new extracurricular or change your major entirely. Don't be afraid of changing your mind and stay open to new possibilities!

Ethan Kilbreathhe/him

Ethan Kilbreathhe/him

FIG: H8
Major: Intended: Communication

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Denny Field is the perfect place to work out, have some games of spike ball or whiffle ball, or just soak up some sun on a warm day. Denny is a haven for congregation and activities, and I remember my freshman year going onto Denny in the snow with friends and staying out in the cold until 3 AM because we were having so much fun sliding around.

Felice Chenshe/her

Felice Chenshe/her

FIG: I8
Major: Psychology & Philosophy

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Medicinal Herb Garden, it is like a secret place within the nature.

Fiona Johnsonshe/her

Fiona Johnsonshe/her

FIG: E4
Major: Intended: Nursing

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love Suzallo library because it is so pretty and a nice quiet place to work

Francisco Alvaradohe/him

Francisco Alvaradohe/him

FIG: B3
Major: Biology

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't coop yourself up in your dorm, its scary but the sooner you get out and explore the better. Also do lots of practice exams and practice problems for midterms.

Gloria (Ruiying) Hushe/her

Gloria (Ruiying) Hushe/her

FIG: A3
Major: Real Estate

What advice do you have for new students?

One of the biggest lessons and mindsets that I learned in the past 3 years was to be open-minded. Be open to trying new things, exploring new majors, and meeting new people. It’s okay to not know what you want to do now. The next couple of years are going to be an amazing opportunity for you to explore your interests, and find what you are passionate about..

Guruswamy Maheshwaranhe/him

Guruswamy Maheshwaranhe/him

FIG: A1
Major: Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot would be the Foster Library. The energy in there gets me motivated to get stuff done, but it's also really warm and cozy making a perfect place to sneak in a lil nap or lounging around time in between classes.

Hailey Jonesshe/her

Hailey Jonesshe/her

FIG: C4
Major: Economics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the big school atmosphere, and the inclusive communities that UW has to offer. I enjoy attending game days, sorority events, and love love love going to the IMA.

Hallie Jonesshe/her

Hallie Jonesshe/her

FIG: A7
Major: History

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The 3rd floor of Allen, it has a great view over the campus

Hayley Rossshe/her

Hayley Rossshe/her

FIG: C2
Major: Intended: Nursing

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Go to at least one of the Dawg Daze events. I met people there that I'm still friends with to this day, and the activities are just fun!

Hina Yushe/her

Hina Yushe/her

FIG: H5
Major: Intended: Communication (Journalism Public Interest and Communication)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

There is a small bench located at South Campus next to the Oceanography building that gives you a direct view of the Lake of Washington. Sometimes you can see boats, people kayaking, and ducks floating on the surface of the water. It's a really healing spot for me whenever I need to be alone with my thoughts. You can also see the sun setting, which is breathtaking.

Ian Honghe/him

Ian Honghe/him

FIG: K4
Major: Biochemistry

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Join an RSO! It is an amazing way to meet people with similar interest and make friends.

Isabelle Hoshe/her

Isabelle Hoshe/her

FIG: H
Major: Intended: Public Health

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Go to office hours! It's a great opportunity to get to know people and have interesting conversations. Use it as a time to further your course-related knowledge, learn study skills and strategies, and build connections!

Ivon Sanchez-Pinedashe/her

Ivon Sanchez-Pinedashe/her

FIG: C8
Major: Political Science

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Something all students should experience is going to the sports events. The energy that the fans bring is unmatched and I love all the traditions that there are. My favorites include gymnastics meets, soccer games and football games! Rain or shine there will be Husky fans there cheering on the dawgs!

Jackson Keenerhe/him

Jackson Keenerhe/him

FIG: I6
Major: Economics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love all of the opportunities there are to get involved with and meet others with similar interests. There is a very inclusive community at UW that allows for deep and meaningful connections with other students.

James Swartwoodhe/him

James Swartwoodhe/him

FIG: G
Major: Computer Science

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Office hours are a resource that students will often overlook. When in fact, time spent in these spaces can be some of the most valuable time you can put toward your learning and growth within the University of Washington. Not only is it a space to learn more and gain clarity on the course material, it is an opportunity to receive more personalized attention and to form network connections with your peers and instructors. Make sure you do not let these opportunities go to waste!

Jannah McDanielshe/her

Jannah McDanielshe/her

FIG: C3
Major: Intended: Speech & Hearing Sciences

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Mary Gates Hall because its a great study area and lots of tutoring help like CLUE

Jeff (Yujie) Liuhe/him

Jeff (Yujie) Liuhe/him

FIG: F5
Major: Intended: Biochemistry

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzalo — I usually go there every morning to get a cup of coffee then head to the second floor of the 'Harry Potter' library to study before my first lecture.

Jen Ebertshe/her

Jen Ebertshe/her

FIG: J1
Major: Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I am in love with the campus and the overall vibes. More than just great academics, I have also always felt so much support from the school and all of my teachers. It feels very unique and helps me feel comfortable so far away from home!

Jenise Dongshe/her

Jenise Dongshe/her

FIG: K7
Major: Intended: Business Administration

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Just take a class for fun! Sometimes it's nice to forget all the prerequisites and general education classes and just take a class you're interested in. I've had the most fun with VLPA classes and just more creative artistic classes that having nothing to do with my major.

Jennifer Oppligershe/her

Jennifer Oppligershe/her

FIG: G8
Major: Political Science

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

I would say that Dawg Daze is a must-do experience for new students. There are so many different activities available (varying from academic, personal, and social) that nearly every student can find something of interest to them. My first year on campus I lived in McMahon Hall with 7 clustermates and attending Dawg Daze events with my clustermates helped us bond so much faster.

Jeremiah Myinthe/him

Jeremiah Myinthe/him

FIG: F3
Major: Biochemistry

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that you can find your own community. Whether you're social and love talking to others or a bit more reserved, there's a community for everyone through RSOs, classes, and just day-to-day college life.

Jillian Techicoshe/her

Jillian Techicoshe/her

FIG: G6
Major: Intended: Education, Communities & Organizations

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that the University has so many different opportunities for exploration and ample amount of support to help navigate it.

Jimin Parkshe/her

Jimin Parkshe/her

FIG: E5
Major: Biochemistry

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Joining an RSO is a must! It will open up so many opportunities and you will also get to meet so many amazing people.

Jocie Thomsonshe/her

Jocie Thomsonshe/her

FIG: B4
Major: Computer Science & Community, Environment, & Planning

What advice do you have for new students?

Join a bunch of different communities to see which ones you like best!

Jonathan Trinhhe/him

Jonathan Trinhhe/him

FIG: G2
Major: Informatics

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

One thing I would say is a must-experience for new students is attending the yearly Lunar New Year event organized by CSA (Chinese Student Association).

Jordan Javierhe/him

Jordan Javierhe/him

FIG: B
Major: Mathematics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how we have a beautiful campus, located in an amazing city as well as so many different opportunities to explore academics as well as an amazing student section especially at football games!

Jordyn Warnershe/her

Jordyn Warnershe/her

FIG: H6
Major: Speech and Hearing Sciences

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzallo Library; the Harry Potter library is amazing

Joshua Inaharahe/him

Joshua Inaharahe/him

FIG: E3
Major: Business Administration

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Joining an RSO is a great community building event that students must experience.

JT (Joseph) Rimorinhe/him

JT (Joseph) Rimorinhe/him

FIG: K8
Major: Intended: Neuroscience

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the variety of research being done at UW. I've heard about countless labs spanning medicine, computer science, art, anthropology, etc. This means there is always someone discovering something amazing. The best part about these different labs is that they seek out undergraduates to mentor and guide them through their undergraduate and possibly the workforce or graduate school.

Julia Transhe/her

Julia Transhe/her

FIG: L7
Major: Public Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Everyone finds their community in their own way. Take things slowly, while also being proactive in your own way to get involved. Try out joining a few clubs and see what you like. Make sure you have some sort of schedule/planner that works for you to keep updated on class deadlines. Find time for yourself as well - save some time to watch a tv show, hangout with friends, try a new recipe. Feeling overwhelmed is okay, it takes time but soon enough you will get used to the fast paced college environment!

Julia Copeshe/her

Julia Copeshe/her

FIG: F1
Major: Intended: Mathematics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love hanging out in the Quad- when it's sunny out you can catch some rays there, and the scenery is beautiful! Just beware aggressive squirrels.

Kaitlyn Chinshe/her

Kaitlyn Chinshe/her

FIG: L1
Major: Design

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the amazing faculty here. All of my professors I've worked with have encouraged me to do my best, figure out who I am, and what I want. It's amazing to know I have so many powerful leaders to look up to and that they're cheering me on.

Kate Biasshe/her

Kate Biasshe/her

FIG: G7
Major: Education, Communities and Organizations & Intended: Psychology

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

A class that you have to take is EDUC 215! It is all about resilience is college and how to practice mindfulness which is super important to learn.

Kate Bentsonshe/her

Kate Bentsonshe/her

FIG: I
Major: Intended: Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how big of a school UW is, but also how you can create small communities and meaningful relationships that make it more small and comfortable.

Kathy Yinshe/her

Kathy Yinshe/her

FIG: E
Major: Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is Allen library. I really like their wooden desks and chairs. I get really productive when I go there and study.

Katie Thomasshe/her

Katie Thomasshe/her

FIG: D7
Major: Environmental Science & Terrestrial Resource Management

What advice do you have for new students?

Give yourself a little grace, you will fail sometimes and that's okay. Also get out of your comfort zone and create connections.

Katie Ruesinkshe/her

Katie Ruesinkshe/her

FIG: I2
Major: Intended: Mathematics & Arabic

What advice do you have for new students?

Ask questions! Be curious! Don't worry about how people might view you, because generally if you have a question other people will too. And if you ask questions you'll become known by your instructors, which will make asking for letter of recommendation etc so much easier.

Kavitha Krishnanshe/her

Kavitha Krishnanshe/her

FIG: I3
Major: Intended: Design

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Anderson Hall has the prettiest lecture hall and outside scenery.

Kenzie Darraghshe/her

Kenzie Darraghshe/her

FIG: J6
Major: Intended: Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the people here, everyone is super friendly and easy to get along with. During my first couple weeks at UW it seemed like everyone really cares about you and your transition into college.

Khushveen Kaurshe/her

Khushveen Kaurshe/her

FIG: C5
Major: Intended: Education, Communities and Organizations

What advice do you have for new students?

Be open to new experiences and making new friends!

Kody (Dakota) Rymershe/her

Kody (Dakota) Rymershe/her

FIG: E1
Major: Political Science

What advice do you have for new students?

Make a concrete schedule as classes and clubs can become overwhelming.

Kyle Yasuihe/him

Kyle Yasuihe/him

FIG: E2
Major: Environmental Science and Resource Management

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

As a UW student you really need to go to a football game or some sporting event and cheer your heart out for the Huskies! Even if you don't know the sport, go and hype up the Huskies!

Lane Simpsonshe/her

Lane Simpsonshe/her

FIG: H2
Major: Intended: Public Health

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Going to volleyball games! They are often super underrated, but out of all of the sporting events I've been to at UW, are the most fun. They're free for students and games are full of fun traditions and crowd activities that are worth getting involved in. Plus, its inside so no worries about rain :)

Lilah Horowitzshe/her

Lilah Horowitzshe/her

FIG: F2
Major: Intended: Medical Anthropology & Global Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Try new things! Even if you're are not good at them, you will meet new people and learn new things about yourself along the way

Lily Von Feldtshe/her

Lily Von Feldtshe/her

FIG: I9
Major: Chemistry

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that the University of Washington feels like home. I've always felt like a valued member of the UW community and I'm proud to say I go to school here.

Linda Coronashe/her

Linda Coronashe/her

FIG: J3
Major: Law, Societies & Justice

What advice do you have for new students?

Sometimes plans don't pan out and that's okay - just take a second to breathe and try to sort out an alternative option. If you have a rigid idea of how you want things to go you won't be able to adapt when things go sideways. Be open, be flexible.

Lizzie Wahbehshe/her

Lizzie Wahbehshe/her

FIG: J2
Major: English

What advice do you have for new students?

Take your time to find out what interests you and see if UW has any clubs, class, research, or even volunteer opportunities that collide with your interests. This is a great time to figure out if your interests are something you would want to use in your career and this type of experience really helps to build a community.

Luke Jouppihe/him

Luke Jouppihe/him

FIG: C9
Major: Neuroscience

What advice do you have for new students?

Studying is important to achieve your goals, but remember to take care of yourself as well. You can't function without upkeep.

Luke Petershe/him

Luke Petershe/him

FIG: K9
Major: Communication

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Apple Cup, or any UW football game. The whole campus and neighborhood is buzzing morning to night with excitement, especially if we win. The atmosphere of "The Greatest Setting" is truly unbeatable and there is no other feeling like watching the Dawgs on a sunny Saturday afternoon cheering in the stands with your best friend.

Luke Sellershe/him

Luke Sellershe/him

FIG: O5
Major: Intended: Real Estate

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The third floor of the HUB. There are individual study spots looking out over a beautiful view of Husky Stadium and Lake Washington.

Maddie Davisshe/her

Maddie Davisshe/her

FIG: H4
Major: Anthropology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I actually love the weather, people may complain but I think it is perfect for outdoor activities and there are some deceptively nice days in the summer!

Maddy Thomasshe/her

Maddy Thomasshe/her

FIG: C1
Major: Intended: Biology

What advice do you have for new students?

I would advise students to join an RSO and try some new things! Coming to college, especially the University of Washington, provides some amazing chances to expand upon your hobbies and interests and you should take advantage !

Manan Vasdevhe/him

Manan Vasdevhe/him

FIG: D9
Major: Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Suzzallo and Allen Library; it's a great place to study and rest.

McKenna Andrewshe/her

McKenna Andrewshe/her

FIG: F4
Major: Real Estate

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Paccar library; It is super pretty and calming to study at with friends

Melissa Caishe/they

Melissa Caishe/they

FIG: J9
Major: Political Science

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the 3rd floor quiet study section in Odegaard Library, because it's where I go when I desperately need to study or get my work done. It's the only place where I can completely focus and be fully productive for hours with no distractions at all.

Mia Brittinghamshe/her

Mia Brittinghamshe/her

FIG: C
Major: Political Science

What advice do you have for new students?

As along as it’s safe and you feel comfortable doing it, take every opportunity you can. These next 4 year will blow by and you don’t want to have regrets of not doing something.

Micaela Fasuloshe/her

Micaela Fasuloshe/her

FIG: C
Major: Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

It can take time to adjust. Coming from out-of-state, it took time for me to create a routine and learn how to be independent from my parents. If I were to give one piece of advice, it would be to have faith in yourself and your capabilities. No one expects you to jump into your freshman year with full confidence. Treat yourself with kindness and find a good balance between work and play!

Moeko Agatashe/her

Moeko Agatashe/her

FIG: O, O1, O2
Major: Public Health

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Join a club (there are so many of them!!) and find a supportive community with similar passions and interests as you. It is so important to have a strong support system especially during your years at UW because classes and life in general can get challenging at times!

Monique Samodienshe/her

Monique Samodienshe/her

FIG: K8
Major: Neuroscience & Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Your academics are important, but they are not everything. Remember to take a step back and enjoy the moment. These are valuable years where you can learn a lot about yourself but also more about the world. Take time to try new things and get out of your comfort zone. You would be surprised by where the unknown can take you!

Morgann Mochermanshe/her

Morgann Mochermanshe/her

FIG: J4
Major: Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how driven and motivated all of the students at the University of Washington are. I also love how beautiful our campus is and all the school spirit that can be seen at our sporting events!

Nan Huangshe/her

Nan Huangshe/her

FIG: O4
Major: Intended: Economics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I like the fourth floor of Suzzallo Library because it's a quite place to study and it has beautiful view

Nia Briceshe/her

Nia Briceshe/her

FIG: L
Major: Medical Anthropology and Global Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the autonomy and the ability to forge your own path at the UW. There are multiple unique opportunities to apply to and be a part of. Coming from a small school the UW atmosphere was definitely an adjustment, but it has been extremely liberating.

Olivia Craigshe/her

Olivia Craigshe/her

FIG: K3
Major: Intended: Business Administration

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Try to study abroad at least once and look at all of the programs even if it doesn't directly align with your major or interests

Olivia (Shuxuan) Weishe/her

Olivia (Shuxuan) Weishe/her

FIG: F9
Major: Psychology & Economics

What advice do you have for new students?

Try to explore as many different fields as possible

Ozi Goldsteinhe/him

Ozi Goldsteinhe/him

FIG: B1
Major: Environmental Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

Take time to figure out what you like, and question your presuppositions about yourself.

Peyton Robbinsshe/her

Peyton Robbinsshe/her

FIG: G3
Major: Intended: Community, Environment, & Planning

What advice do you have for new students?

A piece of advice that I have for new students is to go easy on yourself during your transition to college, and to not be worried about messing up along the way! Everyone responds to their transition differently, and it is important to keep an open mind while you explore yourself and your passions!

Priya Hendryshe/her

Priya Hendryshe/her

FIG: C7
Major: Drama & Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

GO TO DAWG DAZE EVENTS!! It's the easiest (and most fun) way to get to know a ton of different RSO's at the very beginning of your UW career!

Rachel Maloshe/her

Rachel Maloshe/her

FIG: E6
Major: Psychology

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Any football games!

RaeAnn Uyedashe/her

RaeAnn Uyedashe/her

FIG: K1
Major: American Ethnic Studies & Comparative History of Ideas

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Red square when clubs are tabling/events are going on. It's so lively and fun!

Raina Manzanoshe/her

Raina Manzanoshe/her

FIG: D
Major: Intended: Nursing

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I really enjoy going to the HUB CTC, it's small and quiet, but it always feels welcoming!

Rand Mattishe/they

Rand Mattishe/they

FIG: A8
Major: Comparative History of Ideas

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is south campus down by the water because I love to watch the ducks and blue herons. Its very serene and calming after a long day of classes.

Rashad Kabirhe/him

Rashad Kabirhe/him

FIG: F7
Major: Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the campus architecture, especially the libraries. Just walking to classes is such a beautiful experience.

Reet Kotharihe/him

Reet Kotharihe/him

FIG: K2
Major: Computer Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love UW's continued passion and support for their students' well-being by providing a great and reliable support system for every aspect be it academically through advisors or socially through community driven organizations and events

Romee (Xiaowei) Wushe/her

Romee (Xiaowei) Wushe/her

FIG: A2
Major: Biochemistry

What do you love about the University of Washington?

UW offers plenty of opportunities regardless of what areas you are interested in. I personally is interested in the Science related research field and on the departmental website I can always find the research that sparks my interest and reach out to the team.

Sabrina Shaffershe/her

Sabrina Shaffershe/her

FIG: E8
Major: Biology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Quad in springtime because it is a great place to sit back and relax with friends and it is very pretty to look at.

Sadie Osbornshe/her

Sadie Osbornshe/her

FIG: A9
Major: Intended: Communication

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love going to Denny Field on a sunny day. When the sun is out, the field fills up with picnic blankets, spike ball nets, and music coming from all directions. You meet so many people there or run into friends you haven't seen in awhile.

Sara Pedersonshe/her

Sara Pedersonshe/her

FIG: I7
Major: Biology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzallo Library is my favorite spot. It is a very pretty and quiet place to study.

Sarai Hancockshe/her

Sarai Hancockshe/her

FIG: B8
Major: Psychology

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Every new student must-experience Education 251 with Jondou Chen. This class helped me navigate my racial, sexual, economic, and gender identity. In this class you get to explore ideas about constructs and privilege in a very personal way. All of the content provided in the class is applicable and relevant to everyday life. Professor Chen is a wonderful instructor and very knowledgable.

Shama Saleemshe/her

Shama Saleemshe/her

FIG: B6
Major: Intended: Neuroscience

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is by the marina because it is really calming and peaceful.

Silence (Yutian) Yanghe/him

Silence (Yutian) Yanghe/him

FIG: G1
Major: Computer Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

Everything is so beautiful and convenient here. There are many delicious places to eat around the campus, there are buses traveling through the campus for transportation, and the new buildings look fantastic and you can basically study at any places.

Silvana Segurashe/her

Silvana Segurashe/her

FIG: K
Major: Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

My number one piece of advice would be to establish a routine for yourself. It will make your life so much easier, and balancing homework, class, social life will be so much smoother!

Sophia St. Denisshe/her

Sophia St. Denisshe/her

FIG: D6
Major: Marine Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the community. Everywhere I go in Seattle, someone has a some relation to UW and it’s so nice to have such a large community.

Sophie Balintshe/her

Sophie Balintshe/her

FIG: H9
Major: Intended: Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Figure out your support system! The transition to college can be stressful and often induces feelings of self-doubt. The important thing is that you take each mistake you make and learn from it. A strong support system can help prevent you from shutting down due to how much change is happening in your routine.

Sophie Goddardshe/her

Sophie Goddardshe/her

FIG: I1
Major: Oceanography

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the students and our community the most. There is so many welcoming people and with so many different interests, but they all care about our community and want to make it better. We also have a beautiful campus.

Stephanie (Yingrui) Huangshe/her

Stephanie (Yingrui) Huangshe/her

FIG: A5
Major: Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love the PACCAR building, it has everything you need to study and eat.

Sunny Koshe/her

Sunny Koshe/her

FIG: B7
Major: Intended: Economics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how the UW has an huge variety of opportunities and resources available to its students, because it allows you to try something new that you've never thought existed. Also, I love the people here at UW. Every UW student comes from a different background and has unique experiences in life, so you get to learn and make connections with amazing people.

Sydney Lymanshe/they

Sydney Lymanshe/they

FIG: B2
Major: Political Science

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Taking a class with Professor Eli Wheat! His take on pedagogy is so refreshing and a welcomed change of pace from other classes. He starts out every class with a poem and really cares about students learning.

Tarnvir Gadhrishe/her

Tarnvir Gadhrishe/her

FIG: A6
Major: Intended: Public Health

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The swing is the best spot on campus. If I'm not in class or studying I will be at the swing. It's usually hard to find it empty but when it is, it is so relaxing and it just allows you to get away from school and just enjoy nature and the moment. I also, think it's a great place to just think or read a book. I usually drag my friends to the swing because it's my favorite place to be on campus.

Taychell Lottshe/her

Taychell Lottshe/her

FIG: H6
Major: History & Education, Communities, & Organizations

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the cafe Parnassus. It's a great place to study that highlights student work!

Thomas Sefair-Lopezhe/him

Thomas Sefair-Lopezhe/him

FIG: D1
Major: Intended: Business Administration

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Take a random class that is not aligned with your major that interests you! During my second quarter at UW, I took my first education class. I ended up loving it and decided to continue taking education class and pursue an Education, Learning, & Societies minor. That said, if you are taking multiple of the same classes that are not aligned with your major, check and see if are able to obtain a minor out of it!

Tianxin Wenhe/him

Tianxin Wenhe/him

FIG: G5
Major: Political Science

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

I think students both international and local students should try Unite UW, event organized by FIUTS and CIRCLE. It is a really good chance to meet different type of people as well as visiting different places in Seattle. I think it connects some part of the school.

Ty Gilstraphe/him

Ty Gilstraphe/him

FIG: H1
Major: Intended: Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the supportive environment that the University of Washington provides, and I know that every student and staff member on campus wants the best for each individual student. There's also plenty of opportunities to become involved with something you're passionate about around each corner, and the beautiful scenery is certainly a plus!

Valentina Maggishe/her

Valentina Maggishe/her

FIG: H3
Major: Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

Due to UW's size there is always opportunity to discover and use resources that can support you involving academics, professional development, and personal needs.

Xinyi Zhangshe/her

Xinyi Zhangshe/her

FIG: C6
Major: Economics

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Our school has many clubs and I think new students should try to find their favorite clubs and join to have some fun and interesting experiences. For example, the Kpop dance club held the K-pop dance last year when I just arrived campus and I loved this because I really love K-pop music. It is also a good way to help new students find their own communities and make new friends.

Yizhen Renshe/her

Yizhen Renshe/her

FIG: L6
Major: Early Childhood Education & Family Studies

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzallo Library, you can feel the peace and solemnity when you just standing in it.

Zoe Toupinshe/her

Zoe Toupinshe/her

FIG: G7
Major: Law Societies and Justice & Political Science

What one thing would you say is a must-experience for new students?

Attending at least one husky football game! Some of my best memories at UW have been cheering on the dawgs with my best friends in the student section. It truly is a once in a lifetime college experience, and it's so fun to dress all out in purple and gold for a day.