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First Year Programs

Meet your FIG Leader

Lauren Abbott

Lauren Abbott

She/Her
Visual Communication Design

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how easy it is to explore all of your interests in a supportive environment. Unlike other universities, many schools will collaborate with each other. It makes for a very rich community and ultimately a well rounded education.

Maya Adrian

Maya Adrian

She/Her
Chemistry

What advice do you have for new students?

Try new things even if you think you'll fail miserably at them! Failure always makes for the best stories

Shumaila Ahmad

Shumaila Ahmad

She/Her
Mathematics

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

Going to see the cherry blossoms in the spring is an incredible experience! It may seem very cliche but it is definitely worthwhile.

Leona Aklipi

Leona Aklipi

She/Her
Communication

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the Suzzalo Starbucks because I find it a very fun place to study!

Fatma Alkhamis

Fatma Alkhamis

She/Her
Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Go to office hours! That’s where you’ll get the opportunity to know more about your professors and learn more about the class as a whole :)

Lauren Ambrosini

Lauren Ambrosini

She/Her
Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The abundance of opportunity and community

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

He/Him
Economics and Political Science

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The picnic benches by the Physics-Astronomy building, it is a very peaceful and pretty spot to have lunch.

Inga Avetisian

Inga Avetisian

She/her
Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice and Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid of not achieving immediate success, instead take things step-by-step and learn how to balance and overcome obstacles in a timely and healthy manner.

Mary-Mae Baker

Mary-Mae Baker

She/Her
Intended: Public Health

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

Taking a FIG class!

McKenzie Ballo

McKenzie Ballo

She/Her
Polticial Science; Community, Environment, and Planning

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The waterfront area behind that stadium is my favorite spot to hangout with friends by the water and enjoy lake washington.

Thomas Bartlett

Thomas Bartlett

he/him
Intended: Education, Communities, and Organizations

What advice do you have for new students?

UW campus is a big place, so it's important to use all the resources possible to make yourself known, to have an impact, and most importantly, to connect with people around you.

Emily Bascom

Emily Bascom

She/Her
Informatics - Human Computer Interaction

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice for new student is to get involved and make connections! Take advantage of the hundreds of clubs and teams on campus. Nothing makes you feel like you belong more than being surrounded by people with similar interests and goals!

Elizabeth Bogard

Elizabeth Bogard

She/Her
Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love having the resources and variety of a large university while still being able to find groups that make campus feel smaller and more welcoming.

Maddie Brooks

Maddie Brooks

she/her
Environmental Studies

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

I would say one must-do thing for new students is to explore Seattle! Take advantage of your U-Pass and check out some of the surrounding neighborhoods like Freemont or Capital Hill, or take the light rail to Pike Place and spend the day exploring!

Kailee Bruner

Kailee Bruner

she/her
Communication

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

East Asia library in Gowen hall! Not many people know about it and it’s a great study spot

Ruth Buck

Ruth Buck

She/Her
Intended: Biochemistry

What advice do you have for new students?

Join a club!! Being a part of a small community with other students that have similar interests as you makes college so much better and so much more fun

Anna Bui

Anna Bui

She/Her
Intended: Public Health and Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Don’t expect everything to come to you as things take time.

Paige Carlborg

Paige Carlborg

she/her
Communication

What do you love about the University of Washington?

UW has it all. Our campus is beautiful and is in the best location, close to the city, mountains and water. I have felt at home since the day I moved here and have never wanted to leave. I love the people here, and Seattle is such a fun place to explore and make new friends.

Tristan Casady

Tristan Casady

he/him
Public Health & Global Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how close UW is to Seattle and how many opportunities are available to me because I live in a big city. Whether it be jobs, internships, shopping, restaurants, or recreational activities, Seattle has a ton to offer!

Levi Casto

Levi Casto

He/Him
Environmental Studies

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

Dawg Daze is an incredibly valuable experience for new students. Such a great opportunity to get exposure to the campus and to Seattle. I'll never forget all the fun I had at my first Dawg Daze!

Erika Chaffin

Erika Chaffin

she/her
Accounting and Finance

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Quad is my favorite spot on campus, especially during Spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom! It's spacious and wide, and the blossoms make it beautiful, though it also gets extremely crowded.

Sarah Champ

Sarah Champ

She/Her
Community, Environment, and Planning

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

Join an RSO, go to Dawg Daze events, you never know who you may meet!

Jane Chea

Jane Chea

She/Her
Intended: Neuroscience and Medical Laboratory Science

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice for new students is that they need to be proactive and put the time into looking for the things they are interested in. Furthermore, they need to open themselves up to opportunities and keep an open-mind to doing new things.

Tim Chen

Tim Chen

he/him
Intended: Human Centered Design and Engineering

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love being around a diverse group of students and being able to interact and learn new cultures and make friends from all over the world.

Andy Chia

Andy Chia

he/him
Intended: Microbiology

What advice do you have for new students?

Try out new things, even if you have no experience in them. You never know what you might like.

Niuniu Chu

Niuniu Chu

She/Her
Education, Communities, and Organizations; intended Spanish

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Hub. The food is wonderful. And they have club preparation and consultations.

Grace Chun

Grace Chun

She/Her
International Studies

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

Attend a meeting of a club that resonates with your interest. Being part of any RSO allows you to find a smaller community within the large population here at UW. By having a close-knit community, you are able to surround yourself with supportive and inspiring people to help you succeed at university and beyond.

Lauren Conlon

Lauren Conlon

She/Her
Intended: Marketing and Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

Trust that while it will take getting used to, college is an amazing opportunity for students beyond education.

Aidan Cox

Aidan Cox

He/Him
Marine Biology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love the fourth floor of the Engineering Library, because when the sun hits Lake Washington the whole floor glows.

Lauren Day

Lauren Day

She/Her
Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The sense of community and school pride, the spirit at sporting events, how diverse it is.

Kaleb Decker

Kaleb Decker

he/him
Chemical Engineering

What advice do you have for new students?

Never be afraid of reaching out to faculty, TA's, friends, and other help. Your perspective becomes clearer when you talk with others about your situation.

Brittney Dias

Brittney Dias

She/Her
Public Health

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

Attending the activity fair at the beginning of the quarter will show you many opportunities that you can get involved in as a new student.

Chloe Dietrich

Chloe Dietrich

She/Her
Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

By George - best place to study

Aoife Dill

Aoife Dill

She/Her
Design

What advice do you have for new students?

Just do it- put yourself out there, try things you haven’t before and continue those you have, don’t be shy to meet others (everyone wants friends)!!

Gillian Dioguardi

Gillian Dioguardi

She/Her
Public Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that there are countless opportunities and resources available for me at The University of Washington. I have the tools here to take my passion and start building a career. There is too much to do in four short years!

Anna Dong

Anna Dong

She/Her
Neuroscience and Biochemistry

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

Definitely do Dawg Daze events and be as open as possible. You’ll literally never know what you like and don’t like without just going for it!

Sabrina Ebengho

Sabrina Ebengho

She/Her
Public Health- Global Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Get involved on and off-campus, experiences are vital in enriching your college experience.

Sam Eden

Sam Eden

She/Her
Law, Societies, and Justice

What advice do you have for new students?

Be patient! Transitions can be intimidating and take time, but you will feel at home soon!

Amira Elfergani

Amira Elfergani

She/Her
Public Health

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I like studying in the Mary Gates lobby because I basically have everything I need there; a not very crowded coffee stand, an abundance of outlets, a comfortable chair, and moderate quietness. I feel like it is possible to study alone there, but also allows for group work and discussions.

Megan Elmore

Megan Elmore

she/her
Political Science and Communication

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

I would say that LSJ 200 is a must take class for majors and non majors because you learn so much and it is very interactive even though it is a large lecture.

Jacinda Eng

Jacinda Eng

She/Her
Informatics

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid to reach out to the people around you and try out new opportunities because college is a time for personal and professional growth! Also, take time to explore the beautiful city and attractions around you as downtown Seattle is just a few bus stops away.

Carley Epperly

Carley Epperly

She/Her
Economics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

How big it is! How full of opportunities it is!

Halle Erickson

Halle Erickson

She/Her
Intended: Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

Branch out to varying communities, try classes that may not be in your intended major, and don’t forget to prioritize time that destresses you.

Teresa Fesalbon

Teresa Fesalbon

She/Her
Education, Communities, and Organizations

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Pillars, it’s just a very removed and typically quieter place from the rest of campus. I’ve had a lot of good conversations there.

Katrina Fest

Katrina Fest

she/her
Economics

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

Find a club or a group that you want to try out and make connections, it can be intimidating but just roll with it.

Patrick Follis

Patrick Follis

he/him
Aeronautics & Astronautics

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

Go to Gasworks park at night

Taylor Freeman

Taylor Freeman

She/Her
Intended: International Studies and Drama

What advice do you have for new students?

Freshman year does not have to look or model a certain way. Freshman year is about discovery.

Gloria Fu

Gloria Fu

She/Her
Intended: Neuroscience and Psychology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

FIRST, it's beautiful! Especially in sunny days!! Second, the people here are really nice and we got great teachers! I feel that our university does concern about students' needs and has made a lot of great programs, such as the free menstrual product program, accessible designs, and of course, our FIG program.

Ben Garver

Ben Garver

he/him
Intended: Biochemistry

What advice do you have for new students?

Make the most out of your time here because it goes by fast.

Alex Gherman

Alex Gherman

She/Her
Psychology

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

Going to Husky football games

Renee Gibson

Renee Gibson

she/her
Biochemistry

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I really like the South Campus Center, but only when its sunny. The view of Lake Washington and the sun is really beautiful. If you are there later in the afternoon you can even see the rowers during their practice. The spot is so peaceful and is not very crowded which is hard to say for most of main campus.

Tali Goldin

Tali Goldin

she/her
Finance and Marketing

What advice do you have for new students?

When you are going to and from the stadium for sporting events and live in west or north campus, take the bus instead of walking! Much easier.

Maya Gopalan

Maya Gopalan

She/Her
Environmental Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the spirit, the amount of opportunities, and how nice and helpful people are. I also like how my classes push me to become a stronger student.

Rimaujhia Greenlee

Rimaujhia Greenlee

She/Her
Medical Anthropology and Global Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Use your resources!!!!! It is 100% OK to not know how to go about doing something here in university. I personally struggled a lot my entire first year but I truly am grateful for my OMAD advisors, upperclassmen friends, and my FIG leader!! They gave me great direction and advice as a new student.

Aiyanna Guadiz

Aiyanna Guadiz

She/Her
American Ethnic Studies; Intended: Education, Communities, and Organizations

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

Go to a husky sporting games! Those are my favorite not every school is in the PAC 12 and it's really something amazing.

Dana Hall

Dana Hall

She/Her
Medical Anthropology and Global Health

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the Henry Art Gallery. The exhibitions are always so interesting, and the cafe is a great place to study (with yummy snacks too!)

Zach Hentzel

Zach Hentzel

he/him
Intended: Biology

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

Go to a football game! I don't know anything about football but I still love going.

Natalie Hoffman

Natalie Hoffman

She/Her
Intended: Biology

What advice do you have for new students?

Go to office hours and study centers. You may not have needed to do this in high school but it is so beneficial in college. Also try something new. Take a class that has nothing to do with your major and just sounds fun or interesting to you.

Zach Huffman

Zach Huffman

he/him
Intended: Psychology and Communication

What do you love about the University of Washington?

Every one here is doing their best to move us forward. Every one here wants to be here.

Brandon Hull

Brandon Hull

he/him
Intended: Biology

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

Go out and explore the area, especially the arboretum.

Cai Jasmer

Cai Jasmer

they/them
Intended: Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the diversity, both in studies and in students

Jessica Jelke

Jessica Jelke

she/her
Intended: Astronomy and Physics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is definitely Suzzallo library's reading room. The high ceilings and the "Harry Potter" vibes truly help me stay productive!

Xiru Jian

Xiru Jian

She/Her
Education, Communities, and Organizations; Economics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

There is a place behind the school of oceanography near the water and you get to see all the beautiful houses on the other side of the lake, it is so beautiful at night. I love it because it is a place where I can be alone and chill and stop thinking about other things which may be annoying.

Meredith Jones

Meredith Jones

She/Her
Intended: Community, Environment, and Planning; Environmental Studies

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the campus feel and surrounding community while also having access to downtown, I also love all the different ways you can get involved and what seems an endless amount of opportunities

Ana Kelly

Ana Kelly

She/Her
Law, Societies, and Justice

What advice do you have for new students?

Find something you’re passionate about and pursue it in all areas! Rather than pursuing every single opportunity and stressing yourself out.

Sebastian Key

Sebastian Key

he/him
Political Science; Intended: International Security

What advice do you have for new students?

Don’t be afraid to be yourself and go out on weekends to meet new people

Waleed Khan

Waleed Khan

he/him
Education, Communities, and Organizations; Medical Anthropology and Global Health

What advice do you have for new students?

College has ups and downs, but its a beautiful journey. Live the life created by you, not the life created by others. Your husky experience is in your hands, make it worthwhile!

Mia Kim

Mia Kim

She/Her
International Studies

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

I would advise new students to attend the rso fair at the beginning of the year to learn about different rso's and to possibly sign up to join one of them as it really serves as an effective first step in finding and building your own community at a large campus like UW.

Phoebe King

Phoebe King

she/her
Political Science

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Orin's Place because I love their coffee and it's a nice place to relax and take a break from doing homework in the basement.

Clara Kobashigawa

Clara Kobashigawa

She/Her
Communication

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that this school has something for everybody. With over 1,000 clubs, events are happening everyday on campus so it is hard to be bored!

Krandhasi Kodaiarasu

Krandhasi Kodaiarasu

she/her
Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

It's absolutely normal to feel overwhelmed when moving into university (whether you have a 5-year plan or not). UW has so much to offer that there's definitely a place for you out there, you just have to look for it! My best advice is that, if you can, try everything you want to (and I mean Everything). Apply to that RSO, internship, research position, find labs, talk to profs; things may not work out at first, but just keep trying! :)

Riley Kovacs

Riley Kovacs

he/him, they/them
Intended: Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Give yourself time to find your groove! It can be overwhelming to land in a new city with no social circle, new routines, challenging classes, and more opportunities pulling at you than you can count. Prioritize taking care of yourself, finding your footing, and asking for help when you feel overwhelmed. Then start stepping out of your comfort zone - with time, you'll find that everything starts clicking into place!

Rebecca Kyer

Rebecca Kyer

she/her and they/them
Comprehensive Physics and Astronomy

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

The Harry Potter Triwizard Trivia Tournament in the Suzzallo reading room during Dawg Daze.

Carsten Lao

Carsten Lao

He/Him
Chemistry

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus has to be right outside the Oceans Teaching Building. On the days that have been sunny and decent, I love going out next to the water and take in the refreshing view after being cooped up in a chemistry lab for four hours. It is extremely calming and relaxing and not many people are there usually.

Emma Lascar

Emma Lascar

She/Her
Neuroscience

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't get discouraged by your first bad test score!

Cassandra Le

Cassandra Le

She/Her
Chemistry

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

I really enjoyed ASTRO101 with Chris Laws. He has been my favorite teacher by far!

Sooyong Lee

Sooyong Lee

She/Her
English & Accounting

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love being able to meet so many new people. Even though it can definitely be overwhelming at first (especially freshman year!), a couple years down the line I'm still meeting new people every day, whether it be through work, through classes, or through mutual friends.

Josh Lee

Josh Lee

he/him
Intended: Economics and Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The campus aesthetics and architecture, the proximity to downtown and the Ave, and the people.

Bill Li

Bill Li

he/him
Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Go out there and meet new people. The person next to you is just as nervous if not more but they also want to get to know you just as much as well.

Gwen Lian

Gwen Lian

She/Her
Political Science & Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice

What advice do you have for new students?

Try to network and go to interesting classes!

Taychell Lott

Taychell Lott

She/Her
Intended: Education, Communities, and Organizations; History

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is Parnassus the cafe located in the Art Building. This is my favorite spot because it always has good energy, space to study, and they don't charge for alternative milks. One really cool thing about this place is the art they slowly put up on the walls throughout the year!

Ryan Lowery

Ryan Lowery

He/Him
Atmospheric Sciences and Mathematics

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

I don't think there is necessarily a must-experience. There's a breadth of activities and opportunities to explore on campus. If you're interested in something, there's probably a club or organization related to it. If there isn't, there are people excited to help you build something new.

Colin Lowney

Colin Lowney

He/Him
Political Science and Finance

What do you love about the University of Washington?

Love all the connections you are able to make at UW with a ton of new and interesting people. Also all the activities and ways to be active/involved there are all over campus. As well as the sports, because who can go wrong with a dawg Saturday

Hannah Luce

Hannah Luce

She/Her
Business Administration and Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice to a new student is to really think about time management and plan out each day, because classes are challenging and other obligations will always be there. I think planning has relieved me from a lot of stress and anxiety.

Sonja Marikis

Sonja Marikis

she/her
Biology

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

Husky football games is a must for new students. Being a part of a successful football school and coming together to cheer on the dawgs is an unforgettable experience.

Viktoria Matessi

Viktoria Matessi

She/Her
Intended: Medical Anthropology and Global Health; Public Health

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

UW Therapy Dog events

Andre Menchavez

Andre Menchavez

he/him
Law, Societies, and Justice

What advice do you have for new students?

Believe in yourself. All the identities that make up who you are, no matter what society tells you about them, are important and valid. They're what make you great.

Byung Min

Byung Min

He/Him
Political Economy

What advice do you have for new students?

To take advantage of office hours from Professors and TA's. Get involved within your community

Bruk Molla

Bruk Molla

he/him
Environmental Health

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Bouldering at the Crags Climbing Center, IMA. Bouldering is a new hobby of mine which helps me distresses. I also enjoy it because it is more of a technique sport rather than strength.

Therese Mortejo

Therese Mortejo

She/Her
Intended: Psychology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzallo’s Reading Room. This room has an enchanting atmosphere to it—something about the Gothic architecture of the windows or the pungent scent of aged books—that makes studying there just that much more exciting.

Sophia Moser

Sophia Moser

She/Her
International Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid to change your mind and start all over again.

Hanna Moss

Hanna Moss

She/Her
Intended: Medical Anthropology and Global Health; Biology

What advice do you have for new students?

be open! so many people and things surprise you at first

Sara Mustre del Rio

Sara Mustre del Rio

She/Her
Law, Societies, and Justice & Sociology

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

Go to all the Dawg Daze events you can! The smaller ones will help you make friends you have things in common with and the bigger ones will make you meet a lot more people and you get a taste of what campus life is all about. Definitely go to the Fall Fling and the Carnival, those are a lot of fun!

Sage Myung

Sage Myung

She/Her
Communication

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the diversity of people and having opportunities that allows everyone from all over to feel included. There's a lot of clubs and organizations on campus that lets people feel accepted and find something to do.

Leanna Naji

Leanna Naji

she/her
English; Intended: Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

Reach out! Say hi to new people in class, ask for contact info, keep in touch. It can be so daunting to know no one, but I promise there are so many people that feel just like you! Being bold enough to make the first move will pay off.

Emi Nakatsu

Emi Nakatsu

She/Her
Accounting

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

Take a dance class! I’m definitely a little biased because I’ve grown up dancing, but the UW dance department is great! The dance community is amazing; I’ve made friends from classes I’ve taken there that I wouldn’t have met through the classes in my major. There’s beginner classes for anyone who doesn’t have dance experience, which are great classes for vlpa credit.

Angie Ngo

Angie Ngo

She/Her
Communication and Sociology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Allen library for a calm and quiet studying spot; it's also super close to the Suzzallo Starbucks if you want a drink or snack!

Christine Nguyen

Christine Nguyen

She/Her
Public Health

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

Go to the big campus events a least once (Fall Fling, Spring Show, etc). Try not to pull an all-nighter, but if you do, at least try to make it a good time at Ode. GWSS 200 is a game changer. EDUC 215 is pretty good, too. The Daily has a list of things you should do before you graduate. Refer to that. Get off campus. There's more to Seattle than just the U-District.

Sean Nguyenle

Sean Nguyenle

he/him
Biology

What advice do you have for new students?

Be willing to get out of your comfort zone and seek new opportunities - don't just study all day! Make the most of your college time and find your own community.

Raeny Nichols

Raeny Nichols

She/Her
Intended: Political Science; Law, Societies, and Justice

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that you can do anything and everything here. Every passion, dream, and wish can be fulfilled here and there are boundless opportunities for every individual. Most of all, I love that there is an army of people waiting to help you at a moment's notice.

Taylor Noval

Taylor Noval

She/Her
Intended: Public Health

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice is to be prepared for challenges during your first year, and only let those challenges motivate you to do better!

Alex Novotney

Alex Novotney

he/him
Communication and History

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

Students need to take ESS 100:dinosaurs, not a real UW student without it

Alene Nunn

Alene Nunn

She/Her
Intended: Accounting

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot is definitely the Suzzallo reading room, everytime I study there i feel like Hermione Granger, it’s awesome!

Maya Patraca

Maya Patraca

She/Her
Early Childhood and Family Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

Take advantage of all opportunities presented whether that is academic, work or making friends! Four years goes by so fast and these are the moments you will remember— make the most of them!

Addie Perkins

Addie Perkins

she/her
European Studies

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

Husky football games! Even if you don’t like or care about football, the atmosphere is incredible and you’ll have a blast!

Sharay Rapozo

Sharay Rapozo

She/Her
Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

UW has been the place where I've grown into my own. With all the opportunities available, I've been able to explore preexisting passions and discover new ones during my time here!

Sharae Ratliff

Sharae Ratliff

she/her
Marketing

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

Sport event !

Joey Roach

Joey Roach

he/him
Mathematics and Economics

What advice do you have for new students?

I would say embrace the nerves! Sure, it's a little worrisome to begin your college journey and start off with a good deal of uncertainty, but acknowledging that, working through it and using it to help drive your curiosity and initiative leads to a wonderful experience of transitioning to college!

Sophia Ronan

Sophia Ronan

She/Her
Environmental Studies

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

One of my favorite spots on campus is Drumheller Fountain (especially on a clear, sunny day) because you can see Mt. Rainier perfectly in the background. Every time I walk by there I am completely in awe of the fact that I am able to attend such an amazing university.

Haley Rooney-Wilcox

Haley Rooney-Wilcox

She/Her
Social Welfare

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

Grabbing a friend or two, or more, and walking up the Ave to try new foods is a must experience. Especially during that first week of a quarter before tuition is due and before too much homework is assigned!

Jenni Rubinelli

Jenni Rubinelli

she/her
Comparative History of Ideas; International Studies

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the Quad on the first sunny day of Spring Quarter. Everyone sits on the grass or the benches and it’s so beautiful outside! Seattle winters can be rough and the first sunny day of Spring Quarter is always a reminder for me of Seattle’s beauty and the UW community I’m grateful to be a part of!

Vishank Rughwani

Vishank Rughwani

he/him
Informatics

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

Always try out new things even if you don't know what the outcome could be. Regardless of whether it's good or bad, it's an experience and that means you can learn something from it. Honestly, during my time at UW an experience that is a must-try and something I should've done sooner is join a mentorship program - I am in ISMP but there's so many out there for you to choose from.

Layan Salameh

Layan Salameh

She/Her, They/Them
Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

Besides the really pretty campus, I really love just how many opportunities there are to do research and do really just about anything that you're passionate about. Whatever your niche interest is, there's almost definitely some way to get involved in it around here. I'm also really grateful just how inclusive this campus is. There's certainly a long way to go, but places like the Q Center and the ECC have made the transition here a lot easier for me.

Samantha Sanders

Samantha Sanders

She/Her
Intended: Chemistry

What advice do you have for new students?

Never be afraid to answer a question. It can be very intimidating, especially in big lecture halls that you have never been a part of, but there is no harm in trying. Your learning is very important, and even if you answer a question incorrectly, you can learn from that. You will probably learn more from an incorrect answer.

Marin Sasaki

Marin Sasaki

she/her
Communication & Sociology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love living in the city and having access to all the amenities and opportunities UW has to offer!

Rocky Schaefer

Rocky Schaefer

he/him
Philosophy and Mathematics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love the 3rd floor of the Art Building. They put up Art student's paintings and artwork and I love going up there and looking at what everyone is working on. They also have multiple decapitated statues up there that emit an ominous presence which I find quite intriguing.

Cassidy Schilling

Cassidy Schilling

she/her
Education, Communities, and Organizations

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

Everyone should go to at least one football game. I don't even like football, but something about participating in "the greatest setting in college football" really boosts your school spirit and makes you feel like a true DAWG that's part of UW. If you REALLY hate football, go to some other sporting event! The student section is fun anywhere.

Isabelle Schlegel

Isabelle Schlegel

She/Her
Anthropology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the waterfront near the UW Oceanography dock, by the Rachel Carson boat. At sunset, the atmosphere is calm and the views are beautiful.

Sierra Schonberg

Sierra Schonberg

She/Her
International Studies

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

If you like traveling and getting out of your comfort zone, study abroad is a must! I’ve had the opportunity to go abroad with the Spanish department in Ecuador and also on a student sailing vessel across the Atlantic Ocean!

Maddie Seidel

Maddie Seidel

She/Her
Accounting and Information Systems

What advice do you have for new students?

Take a breath. Freshman year can be overwhelming, but step back and recognize all the great things around you!

Tyler Singleton

Tyler Singleton

she/her
Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the sense of community and the diversity in class options

Erin Skrobut

Erin Skrobut

She/Her
Intended: Speech and Hearing Sciences

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how diverse the campus is! There are so many different opportunities and people, so there is something for everyone. It can be scary to put yourself out there, but once you do you will be open to so many more experiences that UW has to offer!

Sara Skrobut

Sara Skrobut

She/Her
Accounting and Information Systems

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

Studying abroad! I've been lucky to have the opportunity to study abroad two times - in Rome and Barcelona. I loved being able to immerse myself in a new environment and experience the food, culture, and histories of different places. It was also a fun way to meet people I wouldn't normally see in my classes.

Rianah Smith

Rianah Smith

She/Her
English

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzallo (says literally everyone)! Seriously, it is by far my favorite library. I always feel most productive sitting at a table by a window, coffee in front of me, pouring over notes. It's my favorite place to go when I need to get motivated!

Jin Son

Jin Son

She/Her
Informatics; Intended: Biology

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't hesitate to reach out for help and follow your passion.

Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart

She/Her
English

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The thing I love most about the University of Washington is how beautiful it is. I've gotten used to it and taken it for granted, but sometimes I'll look out my dorm window and see the space needle and the mountains in the distance, and I'll remember how cool it is that I live here. Being from Texas, I just think it's so cool to be surrounded by trees and mountains everywhere you look. This campus is really beautiful, and I love it.

Erin Storey

Erin Storey

She/Her
Finance and Marketing

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is by the four columns. Bringing a blanket and hanging out with friends on a spring day is a great way to get some fresh air and get your mind off studying for a moment.

Holly Streamer

Holly Streamer

She/Her
Business Administration

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

Involvement in an Intramural sport or class at the IMA is must-experience for new students because both are great ways to meet people and develop healthy habits.

Dil Thiagarajan

Dil Thiagarajan

he/him
Finance and Information Systems

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the school spirit. Going to tailgates and the Husky games are my favorite!

Ann Thompson

Ann Thompson

She/Her
Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid to try new things and put yourself out there. Getting out of your comfort zone can lead to exciting opportunities and paths you never considered before.

Alexander Tsai

Alexander Tsai

he/him
Linguistics and Biology

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

Attend as many dawg daze events as possible! That's where you meet new friends you may stick with for the rest of your time at UW! Even after dawg daze don't be afraid to talk to anyone!

Katherine Wardhana

Katherine Wardhana

She/Her
International Studies; Intended: Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The quad during sunny Sunday's! It's quiet and a great time to spend time with friends, either having a picnic or playing frisbee. I would definitely recommend the quad for potential photoshoot locations!

Aradia Webb

Aradia Webb

she/her
English

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

Go see a Collective show! They are an improv group on campus and do inexpensive shows frequently throughout the year. They are hilarious, and it's a great thing to do with friends!

Madi Welsh

Madi Welsh

she/her
Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice; Political Science

What advice do you have for new students?

The number one piece of advice that I have for new students is to get involved super early on campus! Get involved in anything and everything that seems interesting to you, whether or not it related to your "major" or what you're studying. Getting involved has allowed me to expand my network of friendships and learn so much more about the world and the things I'm interested in - joining student senate was actually the reason I ended up switching my major from bio to law, societies and justice! I also think it is important to have a balance in college, especially because the first quarter and first year in general can be so overwhelming (it is necessary to have some time devoted to things other than studying:)

Mia Williams

Mia Williams

She/Her
Early Childhood and Family Studies; Intended: Food Science: Nutrition

What do you love about the University of Washington?

How welcoming, diverse, and intelligent the UW community is!

Sophia Williams

Sophia Williams

She/Her
Intended: Neuroscience

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

By George Cafe. I really like this spot because it has an awesome atmosphere where you can work when you need to, eat when you need to, and chat with people when you need to all in one convenient location. Plus the people who work there are fantastic!

Laurie Willoughby

Laurie Willoughby

She/Her
Education, Communities, and Organizations

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

Info 102 is one of my favorite classes I've taken at UW. It's more history oriented, so don't worry about it being an informatics class. It's all about the intersection of gender and technology!

Jess Wu

Jess Wu

She/Her
Finance; Intended: Mathematical Economics

What advice do you have for new students?

be brave be boundless be proud

Annie Xia

Annie Xia

She/Her
Computer Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how there's so much to explore and discover. It can be pretty intimidating how big it seems but I enjoy being small and a little lost especially when I find something new!

Ashley Xiao

Ashley Xiao

She/Her
Education, Communities, and Organizations; Intended: Communication

What do you love about the University of Washington?

UW is a big university with incredible inclusive environment where I can appreciate the diversity and contribute to it as an international student.

Kyle Yasui

Kyle Yasui

he/him
Intended: Environmental Science and Resource Management

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is Red Square because there is always something happening there and there is always people there. It is also super beautiful with Suzzalo, the view of Rainier, and if you look towards west campus on a clear day, the sunsets are amazing!

Kathy Yin

Kathy Yin

She/Her
Intended: Economics and Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Mindset is key

McKenna Zacher

McKenna Zacher

she/her
Communication & Political Science

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

Fall Fling! It's so much fun to have a concert right on the HUB lawn and see it with all the new people you've just met throughout Dawg Daze!

Zhenyi Zhou

Zhenyi Zhou

she/her
Linguistics & Communication

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

the quad. When i'm stressed, i would just lay down on the grass for a minute. It's really relaxing especially during sunny days, looking at people playing frisbee or reading or talking with friends.

Johnny Zou

Johnny Zou

he/him
Electrical Engineering

What do you love about the University of Washington?

Environment, reputation, & academic resources!