Meet your FIG Leader

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 in person at Husky Kick-Off during Dawg Daze 2019!

Meet your Engineering Peer Educator (EPE) 

Visit this page for an alphabetical list of the FIG Leaders. 

Irene Kuo

Irene Kuo

She/Her
Accounting and Information Systems

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love Paccar Hall. Every part it it. Orin's Place, the Foster Library, the team rooms... it's such a lively business atmosphere I just love being there. I feel like I belong.

Claire Yuan

Claire Yuan

She/Her
Intended Psychology and Intended Public Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how diverse the school is. By coming into UW, I get to know people from different culture background, family background.

Judy Vue

Judy Vue

She/Her
Education, Communities and Organization

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the Quad because it's just so beautiful and it's where everyone sort of just goes to hang out, so it's always got a relaxed vibe to it, which is really nice because it's a nice break from stress.

David Tommasini

David Tommasini

He/Him
History

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Instructional Center (IC), received a lot of tutoring from this center and the employees there are very helpful and caring.

Andrew Look

Andrew Look

He/Him
Intended MCD Biology

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

Join a club, find a study group, take a fun class, do your own laundry.

Sierra Schonberg

Sierra Schonberg

She/Her
International Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try things you've never had the chance to before! You never know what interests you might find or new friends you will make. Also, if you find yourself struggling, reach out for help!! You should not have to suffer through hard times alone, UW has so many resources for you!

Emma Manley Estes

Emma Manley Estes

She/Her
Anthropology (Medical Anth and Global Health)

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

Parent and Family Weekend!

Keilyn Kawakami

Keilyn Kawakami

She/Her
Public Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the students at the University of Washington. Although we have over 40,000 students, there are many small—groups within the school that makes us a strong community. All the students are also friendly, hard—working and caring.

Alan Tran

Alan Tran

He/Him
Intended Business Administration (Marketing)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I really love the Pacaar building. It is my favorite place to study and schedule some chats with friends and acquaintances. There is Orrin's where I can eat and get some coffee, and a fireplace where I usually sit down and grind out all my schoolwork.

John In

John In

He/Him
Business Administration (Finance)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that I can be a part of a big community while still having the opportunity to join small communities.

Ben Vandehey

Ben Vandehey

He/Him
Business Administration (Finance and Information Systems)

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

Gasworks Park at night to see the skyline lit up on Union Bay.

Jack Ipsen

Jack Ipsen

He/Him
Political Science (International Security)

What advice do you have for new students?

4 years is not that long, don't look back on this time as what could have been. get out of your comfort zone just a little, and enjoy these amazing years.

Yu—Pei Ho

Yu—Pei Ho

She/Her
Finance and Marketing

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

I would say the RSO fair is something everyone should go to. There is such an abundance of clubs at the fair that you will most likely find one that you will like. In addition, joining the club will give you the opportunity to build connections with a common interest as you.

Julia Zapatka

Julia Zapatka

She/Her
Political Science

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love the Allen Research Commons. i love how it has such a buzz to it. people are all engaged in great conversations and collaborating with other students. for me, it creates a really productive environment.

Jammie Phea

Jammie Phea

He/Him
Intended Education, Communities and Organizations

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice for new students is to be courageous, committed, and confident in everything they do, especially if it is something they are deeply passionate about. College is a time for students to explore their identity, so they might as well take chances while it is available, because they may not get that same opportunity again.

Meg Wright

Meg Wright

She/Her
Public Health

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the Alaska Airlines Arena. I work as an athletic training intern and I love going in there to watch the different teams practice or play games and do my homework and study.

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong

She/Her
Human Centered Design and Engineering

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love meeting new people and having endless opportunities to experience and learn new things. There are always events going on and activities to do.

Krizten Li

Krizten Li

She/Her
Early Childhood and Family Studies

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 finding your community here in campus because from this community you can develop relationships with people, build your network and most of all it is so important to have a support system.

Max Schell

Max Schell

He/Him
Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The diversity and drive of every student to better themselves on a daily basis.

Justin La

Justin La

He/Him
Informatics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the culture and availability of resources. There are many departments that are dedicated to answering student questions such as — personal health, major questions, community, or academics. TA's, tutors, and advisors are also readily available — it is not hard to find help where it is needed.

Waleed Khan

Waleed Khan

He/Him
Intended Public Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Education matters, but your time, your health, and your experiences also matter. It's very important to balance everything and not overwhelm yourself.

Kaitlyn Lee

Kaitlyn Lee

She/Her
Intended Human Centered Design and Engineering

What advice do you have for new students?

It's okay to get stressed and worried about school but you can't be successful all the time. Take each step as you go and learn from your mistakes, while remembering that school isn't everything. Mental and personal health are important too.

Vijay Srinivasan

Vijay Srinivasan

He/Him
Public Health-Global Health

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the law library because it has amazing natural lighting and it is my favorite spot to study.

Clara Kobashigawa

Clara Kobashigawa

She/Her
Intended Communications

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that this school has something for everybody. On paper, it is the perfect campus. It has hundreds of different clubs, a gorgeous campus, by a big city and school spirit.

Britt Holm

Britt Holm

She/Her
Social Welfare

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the diversity this school has to offer their students. From different languages, cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and the differing opinions the staff and students have all play a role in their existence on campus. This campus has a very welcoming vibe about it and this provides many students coming into this new environment an opportunity to learn and feel the acceptance of everything and everyone.

Morgan Rockey

Morgan Rockey

She/Her
Political Science (Political Economy)

What advice do you have for new students?

Be open to new experiences, take challenges head on, and don't be afraid to share who you are.

Hannah De Jaen

Hannah De Jaen

She/Her
Intended Public Health and Intended Spanish

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I think that the University of Washington has an amazing level of diversity. I love how accepting of differences we are here, and also how much we celebrate our differences. I think that this is one of the many aspects that makes the University of Washington great.

Madisen Mead

Madisen Mead

She/Her
Accounting and Finance

What do you love about the University of Washington?

Going to sports games and making friends on campus!

Estelle Thomas

Estelle Thomas

She/Her
International Studies (Europe) & Dance

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Meany Building, in the basement, is my favourite spot. You can find all sorts of people and activities going on. From dance—offs to led yoga stretching, from daily gossips to lively debates, from those studying to those cuddling, all are welcomed!

Natalia Villamil

Natalia Villamil

She/Her
Business Administration (Marketing)

What advice do you have for new students?

The main advice I have for new students is say yes! There are going to be many opportunities presented to you in this new year and do not be afraid to go after them. Hang out with someone even if you just met them, go to a club that you saw a posting for or find ways to get involved in the greater community. The more you are involved the sooner UW will start feeling like home.

Rachel Dusin

Rachel Dusin

She/Her
English

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the beautiful campus and being in Seattle. I love being able to drive downtown, to the ocean, to lakes, to mountains, and to the countryside all in under an hour. I love the diversity of students at UW and the quality of education we get here.

Colton Merdich

Colton Merdich

He/Him
Biology (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the people I've met (and continue to meet) since coming here! I also love the potential for things to get involved in around campus. I've been able to do research, join clubs, meet people, etc. all thanks to UW!

Megan Elmore

Megan Elmore

She/Her
Communications and Intended Law Societies and Justice

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The part I love about University of Washington is the school sprit of students in all aspects. In academics, students on campus are all so driven and dedicated to their studies. With sports, Huskies are always the loudest fans there and will travel for the Dawgs, even to the Rose Bowl.

Lane Gustafson

Lane Gustafson

She/Her
Intended Nursing

What advice do you have for new students?

Talk to the person next to you in every class. It is important to have a familiar face in all of your classes that you would be comfortable studying with.

Genie Harrington

Genie Harrington

She/Her
Comparative History of Ideas & International Studies (Southeast Asia)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I really love the Office of Minority Affairs and how much the people within it have helped me, whether it be with registering for classes, figuring out my path to my major, or for general life struggles.

Mara Petersen

Mara Petersen

She/Her
Business Administration (Finance)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is when you're standing in red square facing Druhheller Fountain and it's clear enough out you can see Mt Rainer.

Tara Darrow

Tara Darrow

She/Her
Education, Communities and Organization and English

What advice do you have for new students?

Some advice for new students is to be open towards new experiences and individuals. Students evolve tremendously throughout their time in college and it's good to be open and inviting towards these new transformations.

Ginger Kwak

Ginger Kwak

She/Her
Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies & Neuroscience & Biochemistry

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the walk way on the Bagley side of Drumheller, going from the fountain to HST. In the spring the trees blossom and if the wind blows just right, the pedals will fall in the most magical way.

Siena Firestone

Siena Firestone

She/Her
Intended Industrial Engineering

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is by the HUB where the red swing is in the grass because I always enjoy hanging out with friends on the swing and there are always people walking around so it is never lonely.

Kayla Perez

Kayla Perez

She/Her
Intended Computer Science

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to your classmates! You may make a new friend or two.

Erica Owan

Erica Owan

She/Her
English

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't wait for things to happen, if you want to do something go out and do it. If you want to find community, go out and join an RSO, sport, or whatever and put your best effort in trying to get to know the people of it.

Eli Bernal

Eli Bernal

They/Them
Public Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how many different opportunities there are to explore your interests. It's amazing to see just how interdisciplinary certain majors and minors can be!

Alex Iancu

Alex Iancu

She/Her
Biology (Physiology)

What advice do you have for new students?

Show yourself compassion and don't be afraid to ask for help. Also: be proactive and know the resources available to you.

Emma Tibbits

Emma Tibbits

She/Her
Japanese

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the architecture, the city, and the student body. We always seem to band together in difficult times and show how us huskies truly care about each other.

Sophia DeVore

Sophia DeVore

She/Her
Intended Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Conservation)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the campus and the people at UW. There are so many interesting projects, research, and events going on every week for all different interests because the people at UW are passionate about their interests and are willing to share them with others.

Sydney Lee

Sydney Lee

She/Her
Intended Informatics/Communications

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how much of community the UW is. I have met so many people in every environment that I was in and it taught me a lot about how everyone is in it together. We struggle together and we do well together, and there will always be a helping hand wherever you are.

Aoife Dill

Aoife Dill

She/Her
Intended Communications, Intended Design (Visual Communication Design) and Intended Political Science

What advice do you have for new students?

Just do it — do things that scare you, get out of your comfort zone — and be kind to everyone!

Amanda Moyer

Amanda Moyer

She/Her
Civil Engineering

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

Getting involved with an RSO or intramural sport; it's one of the easiest ways to meet like—minded people outside of class. Definitely go to the Dawg Daze Events before classes start up, they are an exciting kickoff to the college experience.

Heather Yackel

Heather Yackel

She/Her
Education, Communities and Organization & English

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love all the opportunity and wealth of knowledge here, being at the UW, I feel like I can learn about anything and everything I am passionate in. I also love the diversity of what students are studying which makes meeting new people so exciting. We are a large school, but tight knit with husky pride, relatable memes, rain boots, umbrellas, and Starbucks alike. The old architecture is stunning, it looks beautiful in every season and we GET every season. I love being able to find a family and yet simeltaneously always having something to discover or someone to meet.

Natalie Hoffman

Natalie Hoffman

She/Her
Intended Biology (General)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love all the classes that are available for students to take. There is such a wide range of topics and interests. I also love how passionate all the professors are how willing they are to help students when they need it. Lastly I love how spirited our school and how each and everyone of us are proud to be Huskies!

Lauren Ambrosini

Lauren Ambrosini

She/Her
Biology (Physiology)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Cherry Blossoms in Spring Quarter in the Quad. It is definitely crowded, but a really fun place to be!

Ezrie Hishamuddin

Ezrie Hishamuddin

He/Him
Intended Biology (Molecular, Cellular, Development)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love the booth in the nanomolecular engineering building because it's comfortable and allows me to study in peace.

Sam Eden

Sam Eden

She/Her
Law, Societies and Justice

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the Greig Garden! One day in my first quarter at UW, I was exploring campus and randomly found it! It is so beautiful and peaceful — even on the gloomiest of days. Since then, it has been my go—to place to relax on campus.

Christine Nguyen

Christine Nguyen

She/Her
Intended Public Health and Intended Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

Always try to make conversation with the people around you! They may become your new study buddy, friend, etc. Take notes when reading. Do things outside your comfort zone to make the most of your experience here. Know that even though what you're doing may be a royal pain, trust that you will get through it, and it will be worth something. College is hard, but not impossible. Drink water, feed yourself, and do things that make your soul happy, otherwise there will be some nasty consequences!

Hanna Moss

Hanna Moss

She/Her
Intended Public Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how big it feels but also so small at the same time. So many people I meet know each other in different ways and I love it.

Drake Zielske

Drake Zielske

He/Him
Mathematics (Teacher Preparation)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Probably the Allen library because it’s the perfect place to study or just relax between classes

Gregory Moore

Gregory Moore

He/Him
Bioresource Science and Engineering

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot to study on campus is the 3rd floor of Allen South Library! It is quiet and you have your own personal desk and I love the view of the HUB lawn during passing period!

Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee

He/Him
Business Administration (Finance and Marketing)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Paccar Hall, more specifically Orin's place. It's a great communal spot where I see a lot of my friends!

Jesus Untalan

Jesus Untalan

He/Him
Intended Informatics

What advice do you have for new students?

The best advice for new students is to do your homework and collaborate with others since it will be harder to go through college on your own.

Ruolan Du

Ruolan Du

She/Her
Intended Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love District Market. I work there, and the staff and students there are really nice. It feels like the second home to me.

Morgan Pearl

Morgan Pearl

She/Her
Spanish

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

Take a class outside of your major or minor!

Rakshith Mullukatte

Rakshith Mullukatte

He/Him
Intended Law, Societies and Justice

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice to freshman is to take leadership activities/position in the fall as soon as possible. The more they involve in these activities, they can help their own personal growth as a student.

Jaray Corpus

Jaray Corpus

He/Him
Intended Biology

What advice do you have for new students?

Take a leap of faith and try something new. Get involved in as many ways possible and find ways to learn outside of the classroom.

Thea Diep Ton

Thea Diep Ton

She/Her
Environmental Engineering

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The endless opportunity to stay engaged within Husky community and various resources available to support the students.

Jennifer Tran

Jennifer Tran

She/Her
Intended Public Health

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice is to step out of your comfort zone and talk to new people whenever you can. Whether it be in your dorm hall or during classes, introduce yourself because you never know if you will end up meeting your next best friend.

Erin Guth

Erin Guth

She/Her
Psychology & Intended Germanics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The variety of people and interests, and the ability to pursue a wide range of challenges and passions.

Betty Sun

Betty Sun

She/Her
Computer Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The beautiful campus and people who are always there to offer help.

Morris Tsai

Morris Tsai

He/Him
Biology (Molecular, Cellular, Development)

What advice do you have for new students?

Definitely make sure your time management skills are on point because you will need to plan everything out to reduce stress levels. It doesn't matter what major you are going for, the class work will always be at a point where stress can cause you to lose motivation.

Maya Patraca

Maya Patraca

She/Her
Early Childhood and Family Studies (Teaching and Learning)

What advice do you have for new students?

Use the resources this campus offers! It makes life so much easier and you become a better student by taking advantage of them.

Cassie Job

Cassie Job

She/Her
Public Health

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

Attending a Husky football game in the Dawg Pack! Seeing the crowd of purple and cheering on our team together is really something special.

Jonathan Li

Jonathan Li

He/Him
Intended Informatics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The fountain since there is a nice view of Mount Rainier!

Sophie Muro

Sophie Muro

She/Her
Anthropology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how big this campus is and how diverse the student body is as a whole. There are so many inspiring and interesting personalities on campus and it’s really motivating! I also love how many coffee shops there are, it’s very appreciated!

Sara Heimberger

Sara Heimberger

She/Her
Law, Societies and Justice

What do you love about the University of Washington?

That every day could be the day your life changes. With UW being so big, you never know who you will meet, what obstacle you will face, or what memory you will make. Take every day genuinely like a small adventure because things change quickly around here and it's very exciting.

Valeria Cid Garza

Valeria Cid Garza

She/Her
History and Political Science

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!

Hannah Nystrom

Hannah Nystrom

She/Her
Law, Societies and Justice

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

DAWG DAYS! DO IT! Don't skip out on this...seriously. No one is too cool for free stuff and fun. Trust me, it's worth it.

Sara Skrobut

Sara Skrobut

She/Her
Business Administration (Accounting and Information Systems)

What advice do you have for new students?

Establish relationships with your professors and TAs early in the quarters and keep in contact with them throughout your time at UW!

Tam Trinh

Tam Trinh

She/Her
Early Childhood and Family Studies & Anthropology

What advice do you have for new students?

Keep your head up high, good things are coming up ahead!

Ryan Seng

Ryan Seng

He/Him
Geography

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I really enjoy going to spots nobody visits that often like the courtyard near the Art Hall.

Ambar Aleman

Ambar Aleman

She/Her
Intended Sociology

What advice do you have for new students?

Do not be afraid to ask questions! There are so many opportunities out there that asking questions is the only way to find out about everything that is offered at the UW.

Emi Nakatsu

Emi Nakatsu

She/Her
Business Administration (Accounting)

What advice do you have for new students?

Try something new and push your comfort zone. Go to the Dawg days events, register for classes that you wouldn’t normally and without people you know. You’ll meet some amazing people and have incredible experiences along the way that you might otherwise miss out on.

My Nguyen

My Nguyen

She/Her
Biology (General)

What advice do you have for new students?

As freshmen, you have so much time to explore who you are and realize what you love. Do not fall into the trap of making your life into a strict timeline and trying to race others. Just focus on your own progress and growth, everything else is noise.

Delenn Whitehead

Delenn Whitehead

She/Her
Anthropology and Public Health

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Parnassus cafe; a warm, homey coffee shop filled with art and productivity. Also they have the best chai on campus.

Kailey Terracciano

Kailey Terracciano

She/Her
Human Centered Design and Engineering

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I absolutely love the opportunities that UW has for its students. I especially love the people here! I've met many amazing peers and faculty, and overall they have helped me cultivate an amazing experience here at the UW. I'm very fortunate to have such an incredible support system here.

Sandra Militaru

Sandra Militaru

She/Her
Intended Nursing

What advice do you have for new students?

I would advise students to take advantage of the resources the University of Washington has to offer. The Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment,the Odegaard Writing and Research Center, and simply your professors and TA's are great resources to help you succeed.

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 absolute must—experience for new students. There is absolutely no better way to get exposed to UW, to Seattle, and to the Husky Experience than Dawg Daze.

Nikhil Patel

Nikhil Patel

He/Him
Biology (Physiology)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the diversity of students on campus and the diverse range of interests that students share. This allows me to be able to connect with everyone on some level, and is a foundation for any future relationship that I might have with that person.

Kailee Bruner

Kailee Bruner

She/Her
Communications

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the sense of community that the UW has brought me, as well as being able to find smaller communities within the UW. I also love that the UW challenges me as an academic and an individual!

Marcela Todd

Marcela Todd

She/Her
Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The park by Agua Verde Cafe (By the fisheries building) because it's so peaceful and the water is nice to look at.

Regan Nagle

Regan Nagle

She/Her
Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite place on campus is Law library because it has tons of natural light and is really spacious. It is also quiet which is perfect for being productive!

Addie Perkins

Addie Perkins

She/Her
International Studies (Europe)

What advice do you have for new students?

When entering a new lecture/quiz section for the first time, talk to one person. You may never see them or speak to them again, but introducing yourself can lead to a new friend or a study buddy. Don't wait for people to come to you. Take the first step.

Sam Wong

Sam Wong

She/Her
Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Be curious and explore all of the options that this university has to offer!

Jackie Lu

Jackie Lu

She/Her
Intended Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Allocate your time well, and even though UW has so many exciting activities, you're a student before anything else. Study for your tests throughout the quarter; unlike high school, you can't get away with cramming the night before.

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

She/Her
Political Science

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The area around Drumheller fountain because I can see Mt. Rainier and relax.

Christina Kim

Christina Kim

She/Her
Early Childhood and Family Studies

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I really like the Miller Hall lounge. This is the building that I am in the most and the lounge is a great place to socialize with friends while waiting for a class, heating up food, or just studying.

Janice (YoungMin) Kim

Janice (YoungMin) Kim

She/Her
Applied and Computer Math Science (Social and Behavior Science) & Psychology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzallo Library (The Great Room) and Law Library since both of them are quiet and peaceful, and great places to study.

Priti Patel

Priti Patel

She/Her
Informatics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

If you find it, there is a hidden area on campus next to the Hub that is a little garden. It's amazing and super fun to check out. On top of that, it's a nice getaway.

Devon Fleming

Devon Fleming

She/Her
International Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

I would tell new students to attend their professor's office hours. Building relationships with experts in a field of a student's interest is a truly golden opportunity that exists abundantly in university life.

Chelsea Blanes

Chelsea Blanes

She/Her
Public Health

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

Taking classes that aren't just pre—requisites for a major. Take classes that you are genuinely interested in.

Isabelle Saechao

Isabelle Saechao

She/Her
Linguistics and Statistics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

By George because when the HUB is crowded I can eat my lunch there.

Jill Bush

Jill Bush

She/Her
Intended Law, Societies and Justice and Intended Spanish

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the reading room in Suzzalo library, especially when the sun is setting and light flows in. I don't know if it's the beautiful architecture or the big wooden chairs, but I am always productive in that room. It reminds me why I love school so much!

Rachel Chung

Rachel Chung

She/Her
Intended Biology (Physiology)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how there are so many resources available for academics, careers, personal health, and interests. I also love how the University of Washington feels like home even though it is a large university.

Andre Menchavez

Andre Menchavez

He/Him
Intended English, Intended Gender Women and Sexuality Studies and Intended Law Societies and Justice

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

I’m blessed to be a part of the UW Hip Hop Student Association dance team. UW HHSA hosts FREE workshops for two hours every week with guest choreographers from around Seattle in the ECC. It’s such an amazing opportunity to have free access to artistic expression!

Amy Khounmany

Amy Khounmany

She/Her
Intended Public Health

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

UW Night Market!! Who doesn't love food!

Elizabeth Bogard

Elizabeth Bogard

She/Her
Intended Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the size of the university. It's big enough that I can go about my day to day activities and feel like I'm in a big city, but there are enough opportunities for small group activity that it is easy to find community.

Oliver Dube

Oliver Dube

He/Him They/Them
Intended Comparative History of Ideas

What advice do you have for new students?

That it is hard to be alone and adult by yourself, seek help and reach out. It gets better and wonderful. Make, explore and learn.

Phoebe Ng

Phoebe Ng

She/Her
Informatics

What advice do you have for new students?

There are many paths to get to your goals. Don't let having to do something a differently get in the way of what you want!

Grace Schmidt

Grace Schmidt

She/Her
Intended Nursing

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the people here as well as the amazing location. Seattle is such a fun place to explore and make new friends.

Kaitlyn Nguyen

Kaitlyn Nguyen

She/Her
Business Administration (Information Systems)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the diversity community. We are such a large institution, but I love that we have people from all backgrounds. Not only does it make it easier to find people like you who you can relate to, but it give you the opportunity to learn about and from those who have different experiences than you.

Iris Thatcher

Iris Thatcher

She/Her
Finnish & Political Science

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

Studying abroad, by far. I ended up going on a program to Berlin and loved being able to immerse myself in a new environment and experience/see the German food, culture and history. It was also a cool way for me to meet people that I wouldn't normally see in my classes. I really enjoyed doing it and would encourage anyone and everyone to do it.

D'andre Garcia—Stubbs

D'andre Garcia—Stubbs

He/Him
Education, Communities and Organization

What advice do you have for new students?

It is important to find a healthy balance between your academics and social life. You are in class for a less amount of time, but the workload outside of class is increased. Explore different clubs and activities. Go to as many events as possible!

Sedona Duggal

Sedona Duggal

She/Her
Intended Business Administration and Intended Communications

What advice do you have for new students?

Try as many new things as you have time for!

Andy Chia

Andy Chia

He/Him
Microbiology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I think that attending at least one football game with your friends or any sporting match is awesome. Home games are one of those unforgettable memories you'll have here.

Angelina Janeway

Angelina Janeway

She/Her
Philosophy

What advice do you have for new students?

Be open to talking to new people, to trying new things and taking new classes. Open to being good at things you never expected yourself to be good at, trust me you'll surprise yourself. Even open to failing, but also open to growing from that failure.

Allison Kaneshige

Allison Kaneshige

She/Her
Education, Communities and Organization & Communications

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Down by the Waterfront Activities Center, because it's very calming.

Craig Shuler

Craig Shuler

He/Him
Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Maintain a personal schedule in order to utilize your time in the most beneficial way to ensure success academically and socially.

Connie Huang

Connie Huang

She/Her
Intended Economics and Intended Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Try to join different groups and go out of your comfort zone. I know this has been said by many people and I'll admit that it's hard, however, it is the best way to go. With this great campus and large population, so much is happening all the time. Grasp onto one at a time is not difficult as long as you want to. Take small steps to lead you to a bigger success.

Fanqi (Amy) Shi

Fanqi (Amy) Shi

She/Her
Biology (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental)

What advice do you have for new students?

Do not be afraid to explore.

Emily Barge

Emily Barge

She/Her
Education, Communities and Organization

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how many options there are to find community in such a large campus. I like the structure of classes to make it easier to connect with professors or TAs to help your understanding. I love the surrounding area and the future opportunities it provides by being at UW in Seattle.

Liza Moore

Liza Moore

She/Her
Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and behind after stepping out of your hometown. My advice is to not see your fellow students as competition, but as teammates aiming to better the community through education.

Alison Fliss

Alison Fliss

She/Her
International Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

Rainy Dawg Radio concerts! They’re so much fun!

Tejkiran Kaur

Tejkiran Kaur

She/Her
Cinema and Media Studies

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is any of the D lounges in Lander hall because the sofas are very comfortable and you get a spectacular view of the Seattle skyline. I love to study there, but I also love to just sit there and think while I look outside at the beautiful place we call home.

Brenna Johnston

Brenna Johnston

She/Her
Psychology

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

I thoroughly enjoy The Collective comedy group from UW.

Tessa Locknane

Tessa Locknane

She/Her
Communications

What advice do you have for new students?

Keep yourself open to new experiences!

Fa'aumu Kaimana

Fa'aumu Kaimana

They/Them
Anthropology (Medical Anth and Global Health) & Sociology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the Boundless academic and enrichment opportunities that are available to me. Although I had my sights set on Anthropology and Sociology upon my arrival, I had room to explore and grow. Even as I continue to pursue research in those fields, I found as much joy in my ability to venture outside my focus and build relationships across disciplines.

Carley Epperly

Carley Epperly

She/Her
Economics

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

Football games!! Football season at UW is soo much fun! Go to as many games as you can because the seasons fly by!

Trinity Cho

Trinity Cho

She/Her
Human Centered Design & Engineering

What advice do you have for new students?

Do not have tunnel vision about a single major early on in your freshman year. With the competitive nature of many programs at UW, it is important to keep an open mind about what academic path you will pursue, as well as the different fields you may find yourself interested in. It is not to say that you shouldn't work hard for a specific goal. However, it is important to do so with an open mind.

Gabby Nattenberg

Gabby Nattenberg

She/Her
Biology (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The people and all the great friendships I've made.

Amira Elfergani

Amira Elfergani

She/Her
Intended Public Health and Intended Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

To not stress about fitting in too much.

Bailey Sipes

Bailey Sipes

She/Her
Political Science & Communication

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzalo reading room because it makes me feel so inspired and relaxed, despite the studying I am likely doing while I'm there.

Michelle Um

Michelle Um

She/Her
Psychology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that there are endless number of opportunities at the University of Washington for students. Based on students' interests and passions, they can find communities and resources that suit their aspirations.

Madeleine Kopf—Patterson

Madeleine Kopf—Patterson

She/Her
Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management & Political Science

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Life Sciences Building: the Evolutionary Grounds Cafe ad all of the seating around there is great for studying, particularly when it is sunny and the light streams in through the enormous windows. And the coffee. They have coffee there too.

Nicole Brennick

Nicole Brennick

She/Her
Biochemistry

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't worry that campus seems so big, because it will feel smaller. Getting lost, on the other hand, is always going to happen.

Annika Lee

Annika Lee

She/Her
Intended Nursing

What advice do you have for new students?

Go to your advisor whenever you need them. I have utilized my advisor countless times when inquiring about registering for classes or questions about my major requirements. It has been super helpful.

Daniel Zhang

Daniel Zhang

He/Him
Business Administration (Marketing)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot is the pillars because it is secluded and a peaceful area to hang out and relax.

Meghna Manoj

Meghna Manoj

She/Her
Biology (General)

What advice do you have for new students?

It may seem like a very big school but try to go out and join RSO's and leadership roles that seem interesting to you. The connections you make can help make the school seem smaller and less nerve wracking. Some of the best memories I have of UW are from the friendships I have made through study groups and leadership activities.

Samantha Eco

Samantha Eco

She/Her
Biology (Physiology)

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that there are endless possibilities to create yourself a new life at the UW. I hope to show new students these possibilities when it is hard to find.

Deja Machen

Deja Machen

She/Her
Biology (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Medicinal Herb Garden has so many beautiful plants — and you can eat some of them!

Michael Chungyoun

Michael Chungyoun

He/Him
Biology (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental)

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

One must—have experience is joining a club or program outside of classes. Textbooks and coursework can only bring you so far, but experiences outside of the classroom can have a deep impact that can make it more clear what direction your career path should follow.

Joey Roach

Joey Roach

He/Him
Economics and Mathematics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how you can always find something that relates to who you are here. There is truly something for everybody, regardless of your interests or hobbies. There’s definitely a way to carve out your own community, even though the University is such a big place.

Monica Delgado

Monica Delgado

She/Her
Medical Anthropology

What advice do you have for new students?

Do not let your GPA determine your self—worth. Your GPA does not determine how intelligent you are, it is only an indicator of classroom performance. It's easy to start to feel like an imposter or as if you just don't belong, but if you're here, you do.

Candace Tay

Candace Tay

She/Her
Psychology

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

A must—experience for new students is trying out as many clubs as you can! Feel no obligation to them if you don't like them but engage in those that allow you to be yourself and do what you love! These are experiences that help shape you as a person and allow you to build connections!

Nicole Pinkus

Nicole Pinkus

She/Her
Education, Communities and Organization

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the Cut — right on the water. It is beautiful and a nice walk.

Mikee Cagampan

Mikee Cagampan

She/Her
Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the University of Washington because I was able to meet a lot of people that made UW feel more like home. Students are given so many resources to help them achieve their goals, and I think that UW does a good job helping students relieve their stress.

David Beatima

David Beatima

He/Him
Physics: Applied Physics

What advice do you have for new students?

There is a saying that challenges are necessary. Growth is optional. I would like to say challenges are inevitable. Growth is necessary.

Vanessa Luo

Vanessa Luo

She/Her
Computer Science

What advice do you have for new students?

Work hard and enjoy life hard — Make a balance in every aspect of your life and you will get the most out of it!

Shumaila Ahmad

Shumaila Ahmad

She/Her
Intended Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences

What do you love about the University of Washington?

My favorite thing about the University of Washington is how diverse it is in every single aspect — from the possibility of the classes you can take to the many people you can meet. As someone who came from a pretty small high school, I have loved being able to meet all kinds of new people through classes and through living in the dorms. I also used to not have much choice in the classes I would be allowed to take in high school but UW offers such a huge array of classes, that as a lover of language, I can take all the languages classes I want.

Yana Soriano

Yana Soriano

She/Her
Early Childhood and Family Studies (Teaching and Learning)

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

One of my favorite spots on campus is Rainier Vista when the sky is clear and you can see Mount Rainier on the distance. I enjoy this spot because it's a beautiful sight and makes me feel home. My other favorite spot on campus is Husky Stadium because I love watching our team and being in the lively/energetic atmosphere.

Estelle Park

Estelle Park

She/Her
Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The endless opportunities that are presented through a multitude of communities on the campus. I love how we are able to freely express ourselves and our beliefs in a safe and respectful manner (most times).

Rei Marshall

Rei Marshall

She/Her
Intended Public Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Take it slow and ask for help when you need it! You don't have to do college alone.

Stuart Danford

Stuart Danford

He/Him
Community, Environment and Planning

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love being right in the big city and having access to all the resources I could ever need to grow and learn about my interests here at UW. Being at a big university with thousands other people is such a unique opportunity to collaborate and work with each other.

Karen Sanchez Rodarte

Karen Sanchez Rodarte

She/Her
Psychology and Public Health

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Public Health Lounge in the Health Sciences Building!

Kayla Beard

Kayla Beard

She/Her
Intended Communications

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I really love being outside, I think we have one of the most beautiful campuses. On a sunny day, walking down by the fountain is beautiful because you can also see Mt. Rainier.

Kiera Dempsey

Kiera Dempsey

She/Her
Intended History

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

To look into the opportunities to find a community that has similar interests as you whether that be through a club or organization.

Daniel Lisenbee

Daniel Lisenbee

He/Him
Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the building designs, the urban setting, the surrounding nature, the quad, and most importantly the spirit the students have on campus.

Maddie Seidel

Maddie Seidel

She/Her
Intended Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Take a breath. Freshman year can be overwhelming, but take a minute to appreciate all the good.

Ally Bakan

Ally Bakan

She/Her
Biochemistry

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid to fail. It can be really scary but it can really help in the long run.