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First Year Programs

Meet your FIG Leader

Tamara Aboalsaudshe/her

Tamara Aboalsaudshe/her

Major: Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The people! You get to meet so many different people from different areas of the school and unexpectedly find connections between them and create a community.

Paige Acostashe/her

Paige Acostashe/her

Major: Biology

What advice do you have for new students?

Don’t be afraid to try new things! You never know who you will meet, the memories you will make, or the doors that can open for you.

Moeko Agatashe/her

Moeko Agatashe/her

Major: Intended: Nursing

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!

Shumaila Ahmadshe/her

Shumaila Ahmadshe/her

Major: Mathematics

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

Seeing the cherry blossoms in the beginning of spring quarter! I recommend heading out really early one morning when it's not that crowded and just enjoying the flowers.

Leona Aklipishe/her

Leona Aklipishe/her

Major: Business: Marketing

What advice do you have for new students?

Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors or TAs. They can seem intimidating at times, but they are here to help you! Professors are always thrilled when students go to their office hours to ask questions, and it’s a great way to establish relationships that you can maintain throughout your time at UW.

Jasmine Alindayushe/her

Jasmine Alindayushe/her

Major: Intended: Law, Societies & Justice

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

Attend Dawg Daze events! I met most of my friends at these events, and it was a memorable and welcoming experience when I came to the UW.

Ash Arorahe/him

Ash Arorahe/him

Major: Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

The Quad is my favourite place on campus. Yes of course it is absolutely beautiful when in full bloom but it is my favourite for a different reason. Late at night, when it's dark, with a cool breeze, the light of the moon and stars shining around me and silhouetting the trees. Even without the cherry blossoms and no matter the season, that scene fills me with serenity. It's so nice to take it all in, clear my head, and feel rejuvenated. I go there quite often to experience it.

Mary-Mae Bakershe/her

Mary-Mae Bakershe/her

Major: Intended: Public Health

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The quad. In the spring it is full of light and beautiful cherry blossoms. In the fall when the trees are still full of leaves it makes you really feel like you are in Seattle. There is seriously no better place to be than the quad, whatever the occasion.

Savannah Bakershe/her

Savannah Bakershe/her

Major: Economics

What advice do you have for new students?

Allow yourself to step outside your comfort zone on a regular basis, accept any new opportunities that present themselves

Aliyah Barusoshe/her

Aliyah Barusoshe/her

Major: Design

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

Explore campus! Walk around, see it all. There is so much to see and exploring on and around campus. Regardless of classes are in person or not, seeing the campus of the institution I attend helped me feel connected to my school and excited for the future. Everyone should experience that as well!

Akash Bhattacherjeehe/him

Akash Bhattacherjeehe/him

Major: Computer Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the fact that its so big and diverse with so many things to explore. Honestly, 4 years is not enough.

Tia Bjornsonshe/her

Tia Bjornsonshe/her

Major: Intended: Geography

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Off the Rez Coffee shop! It's an underrated coffee shop at the Burke Museum that is perfect for a Sunday morning study date

Riley Brooksshe/her

Riley Brooksshe/her

Major: Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

UW has so many opportunities and resources, plus the location is great. Being close to the mountains, beach, and city!

Anna Buishe/her

Anna Buishe/her

Major: Intended: Public Health & International Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

Be open! College is the perfect time to explore all of your hobbies and interests which means you don’t have to be 100% committed to the “path” you have in your head right now.

Brielle Bushshe/her

Brielle Bushshe/her

Major: Intended: Informatics

What advice do you have for new students?

Explore different classes and extracurriculars. Making an effort to get involved is really important.

Darcy Caishe/her

Darcy Caishe/her

Major: Food Science: Nutrition

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzallo and Allen Libraries. It is frantically beautiful, and it is quiet which is a good place for doing homework.

Chris Calkinshe/him

Chris Calkinshe/him

Major: Business: Finance

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Rainer Vista is my favorite, but the most underrated is Fritz Hedges

Alex Calpagiuhe/him

Alex Calpagiuhe/him

Major: Economics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I like Parrington Lawn because that’s where me and a group of friends play spikeball frequently. It’s a nice spot and not as busy/crowded like the Quad or Red Square.

Hailey Cappsshe/her

Hailey Cappsshe/her

Major: Communication & Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The "Harry Potter room" in Suzzallo. It is so magical and beautiful!

Paige Carlborgshe/her

Paige Carlborgshe/her

Major: Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

Try everything and meet as many people as possible! You won't regret it!

Sophia Caulfieldshe/her

Sophia Caulfieldshe/her

Major: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences & Biology

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

Look at what many clubs UW has and join a club either related to a hobby of yours or your major. I joined SeaDawgs and it has allowed me to explore my major and opportunities that I can be apart of this summer.

Seona Chalanashe/her

Seona Chalanashe/her

Major: Education, Communities, and Organizations

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The cafe in the Life Sciences Building, it's so beautiful with a lot of natural lighting and it's a really nice (and comfortable) place to study.

Larissa Chanshe/her

Larissa Chanshe/her

Major: Political Science & Intended: Economics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

What I love about the UW are the endless opportunities to find and explore your passions and interests. From academic clubs to recreational activities, there are so many ways to find a community and make your time at the UW unique.

Tara Chiltonshe/her

Tara Chiltonshe/her

Major: Intended: Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The sense of community and culture present throughout campus

Kaitlyn Chinshe/her

Kaitlyn Chinshe/her

Major: Intended: Design

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Henry Art Gallery because it's a great place to get inspired on campus.

Niuniu Chushe/her

Niuniu Chushe/her

Major: Education, Communities, and Organizations & Intended: Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Explore!

Grace Chunshe/her

Grace Chunshe/her

Major: International Studies

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

If you're able to fit it in your schedule, be a part of at least one club, also known as a Registered Student Organization (RSO) here at the UW. Not only are you joining an RSO that caters to your academic, professional, and/or personal interests, but you're also finding a community of like-minded individuals. Being at a large, educational institution, finding the right community can be a challenge to some, but partaking in an RSO is a great way to be involved and find friends!

Lauren Conlonshe/her

Lauren Conlonshe/her

Major: Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't put too much pressure on yourself. try your best and forget the rest!

Maya Cooneyshe/her

Maya Cooneyshe/her

Major: History

What do you love about the University of Washington?

psh. Everything. The location is amazing, the people are great, and there is so much to see and do in Seattle. There is a little bit of everything. The professors, advisors, RA's, counselors, and everyone else are so helpful.

Jacob Crowellhe/him

Jacob Crowellhe/him

Major: Intended: Communication & Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid to be yourself

Lorenzo DeLeonhe/him

Lorenzo DeLeonhe/him

Major: Intended: Neuroscience & Biochemistry

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

Explore Seattle as much as you can! There are many unique neighborhoods (Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, International District) with lots of good food to try.

Jennifer Dengshe/her

Jennifer Dengshe/her

Major: Economics & Mathematics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

UW is a huge school and I enjoy being with so many different kinds of people.

Deatrich Devinhe/they

Deatrich Devinhe/they

Major: History

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Parrington Lawn, I loved walking through it at at the end of the day or on my way to Condon Hall. Its always relaxing casually walking through the trees, seeing everyone else rushing to get to where they're going, watching squirrels chase each other, and being followed by crows as I fed them most of my PB&J

Emely Diazshe/her

Emely Diazshe/her

Major: Public Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Advocate for yourself, if you need help ask! If you can’t find your class, ask! If you don’t know how to use the bus system, ask! People are more than willing to help if you reach out!

Chloe Dietrichshe/her

Chloe Dietrichshe/her

Major: Intended: Law, Societies & Justice

What advice do you have for new students?

Don’t be afraid to change your education path!

Aoife Dillshe/her

Aoife Dillshe/her

Major: Design

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

Going to the Montlake Cut on a sunny, Spring day to swim + snack!

Kay Dodgeshe/her

Kay Dodgeshe/her

Major: Education, Communities, and Organizations

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Drumheller Fountain at the beginning of Fall Quarter when the weather still feels like summer and all the roses are in bloom

Matt Dollingerhe/him

Matt Dollingerhe/him

Major: Environmental Studies & Intended: Political Science

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid to ask for help from professors and TAs - it's their job to be helpful!

Lauren Duffyshe/her

Lauren Duffyshe/her

Major: Journalism

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

I think that going to sports games is a must. UW has talented teams and getting up early for game days was a highlight of my freshman year. Even if the students who attend have no knowledge of how the sport works, it's a bonding time for all students on campus.

Emi Eckeyshe/her

Emi Eckeyshe/her

Major: Intended: Informatics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how easy it is to get involved and make connections! Take advantage of all the clubs and teams that are available on campus. Nothing makes you feel like you belong more than being surrounded by new friends with similar interests and goals!

Audrey Eidtshe/her

Audrey Eidtshe/her

Major: Intended: Biochemistry

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Allen library, its a great place to study and helps me stay focused.

Alex Eisenshe/her

Alex Eisenshe/her

Major: Public Health & Intended: Scandinavian Studies

What advice do you have for new students?

It's okay if your college experience isn't like the movies- mine wasn't either! It takes a while to find your niche, don't stress about it too much and give yourself time to settle into this new life.

Justin Englundhe/him

Justin Englundhe/him

Major: Political Science & Intended: Political Economy

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

Joining the UW Teens for Boundless Memes Facebook Group!

Halle Ericksonshe/her

Halle Ericksonshe/her

Major: Intended: Communication

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the newly renovated field on north campus by the dorms willow, madrona and mcarty. I love playing spikeball there with my friends, eating lunch there or just laying out on the sun. It's so fun when you see other students you know hanging there too!

Teresa Fesalbonshe/her

Teresa Fesalbonshe/her

Major: Education, Communities, and Organizations

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love playing pool in the Hub!

Katrina Festshe/her

Katrina Festshe/her

Major: Economics

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the endless opportunities and diversity of all that’s offered here!

Ryan Fiskhe/him

Ryan Fiskhe/him

Major: Political Science: International Security

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The number of opportunities available. UW is a big school, and with it comes lots of resources and opportunities that you can't find elsewhere.

Alisha Fosterthey/them

Alisha Fosterthey/them

Major: Environmental Studies

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

Once you're on campus, explore the city. Don't get stuck within the university. Find the places that make Seattle, and not just UW, feel like home.

Medha Ganjamshe/her

Medha Ganjamshe/her

Major: Intended: Political Science: Political Economy & Philosophy

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

Take a completely random class about something that sounds interesting, even if it has nothing to do with what your studying. Also, go exploring! Take a day for yourself and hit up all the places you've been meaning to go to, there's no better way to find a favorite ramen place or café then by exploring.

Jivika Gargshe/her

Jivika Gargshe/her

Major: Economics

What advice do you have for new students?

It might seem scary and overwhelming, but take a break and do things for fun. Explore places and remember college is not just about getting a degree; it's about making memories.

Lilya Garzon-Boydshe/her

Lilya Garzon-Boydshe/her

Major: History

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Ethnic Cultural Center because of the people and the spaces they have for BIPOC students.

Gurneen Gillshe/her

Gurneen Gillshe/her

Major: Business: Finance & Information Systems

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice for students is to get out there and meet new people. Say hi to people in class, join an RSO, or go to Dawg Daze! These are great ways to make some friends.

Ozi Goldsteinhe/him

Ozi Goldsteinhe/him

Major: Philosophy & Environmental Studies

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

I found the UW comedy club shows very entertaining.

Piper Hausmanshe/her

Piper Hausmanshe/her

Major: Business Administration

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

Dawg Daze! Its at the very beginning of the year before classes start and it has a ton of events to choose from. It is a really fun way to meet new people, explore around campus and overall have a really exciting introduction to the university!

Ivy Helmanshe/her

Ivy Helmanshe/her

Major: Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the sense of community the University of Washington strives to create for their students. I love that UW feels like a second home.

Zach Hentzelhe/him

Zach Hentzelhe/him

Major: Intended: Biology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The little grocery store on the bottom floor of the HUB right next to Pagliacci's. Never failed to fuel my caffeine addiction or provide tasty snacks.

Hannah Hinesshe/her

Hannah Hinesshe/her

Major: Scandinavian Studies & Intended: Psychology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

What I have loved most about UW is how much professors care about the classes they teach and their students. When the pandemic hit and everyone was off campus, they worked so diligently to provide abundant resources so that the these difficult circumstances impacted our academic experience minimally. If anything good came from remote learning is that the professor who taught 300 student classes was able to feel like a close knit class like back in high school.

Rachel Hinnantshe/her

Rachel Hinnantshe/her

Major: Business Administration & Intended: Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the community here. There are so many incredible people, including students, staff, and professors. It's always fun getting to know everyone and learning more about their lives!

Bob Hsiehhe/him

Bob Hsiehhe/him

Major: Biology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the HUB because no matter when I go there, I would always run into people I know!

Haley Hummeltshe/her

Haley Hummeltshe/her

Major: Communication

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

Coming to the UW can definitely be intimidating for a number of reasons, but this school provides so many options for new students to feel comfortable immediately. One of the must-do's as a new student is to try and find a new study area each time you need to study for the first few weeks of school. It can be overwhelming going to the same library or the same desk every day, so finding something new brings the excitement and energy that is needed to succeed in a new environment.

KC Johnstonshe/her

KC Johnstonshe/her

Major: Intended: Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love The University's drive to be cutting edge in everything we do. We push hard to explore our boundaries and ask hard questions. I believe that's why we get such amazing results!

Meredith Jonesshe/her

Meredith Jonesshe/her

Major: Intended: Community, Environment, and Planning

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Denny Hall because no matter if it's basking in the sunlight or dusted with snow it's always so pretty and also a great place to do work!

Ainsley Jordanshe/her

Ainsley Jordanshe/her

Major: Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice

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

Explore campus! Just take a walk and get to know your surroundings and look at all the beautiful buildings.

Luke Jouppihe/him

Luke Jouppihe/him

Major: Intended: Neuroscience

What advice do you have for new students?

Be organized with your time! A schedule may seem limiting, but organizing your time is actually something that frees you to have time to do what you want. It makes sure you don't end up losing sleep and feeling awful, or procrastinating and missing out on homework or studies.

Munisa Jumabaevashe/her

Munisa Jumabaevashe/her

Major: Intended: International Studies & Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that UW is a learning experience for me. It is a means of stepping out of my comfort zone, trying new things, learning new things and making an impact on others as they have on me.

Salil Kanadehe/him

Salil Kanadehe/him

Major: Business: Finance & Information Systems

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the diversity, the academic opportunities, and of our course, the beautiful campus!

Chloe Kellyshe/her

Chloe Kellyshe/her

Major: Biochemistry & Intended: French

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is a bench in the quad. I love sitting here surrounded by the beautiful buildings and watching people walk by, especially when the weather is nice!

Maggie Kermoadeshe/her

Maggie Kermoadeshe/her

Major: Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

All my best friends go here! And the weird part is I didn't even know them until I got here???

Phoebe Kingshe/her

Phoebe Kingshe/her

Major: Political Science

What advice do you have for new students?

Get involved and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there

Emma Koehlershe/her

Emma Koehlershe/her

Major: Business: Human Resources Management & French

What advice do you have for new students?

Take initiative in your experience here; raise your hand in class if you have a question, attend office hours if you're struggling, and join a club that seems interesting to you. Also, talk to someone in a class - whether it's someone sitting next to you or someone you're placed in a Zoom breakout room with. Some of your best college friends or study buddies can be made if you reach out and embrace the scary feeling of putting yourself out there.

Riley Kovacshe/him and they/them

Riley Kovacshe/him and they/them

Major: Psychology & Intended: Sociology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

As a first-gen student, I've come to appreciate the sheer amount of opportunities afforded to me here that I can't find anywhere else. I've switched majors, switched degrees within my major, grabbed a second major, and am on track to earn two minors - and there's /still/ no shortage of fascinating classes I want to sit in on or organizations I want to work with.

Payton Kowalskishe/her

Payton Kowalskishe/her

Major: Intended: Psychology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The beautiful campus and buildings and the spirit the school has!

Dianna Laguanshe/her

Dianna Laguanshe/her

Major: Education, Communities and Organizations

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

Service learning classes like UW Dream Project are a MUST! It is a great way to get hands-on experience with students and see several other communities within Western Washington.

Kelly Lanshe/her

Kelly Lanshe/her

Major: Business: Accounting & Information Systems

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how many smaller communities there are for students to get involved within the larger UW community, providing us a wide-range of opportunities to learn from and collaborate with peers.

Ciara Laneyshe/her

Ciara Laneyshe/her

Major: Intended: Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Form study groups as soon as possible and step out of your comfort zone

Char Limjoco-Ragasashe/her

Char Limjoco-Ragasashe/her

Major: Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love the IMA. Taking care of myself is a big priority for me, and having such a beautiful facility to do my cardio and strength training made it that much more enjoyable to do daily workouts and stay motivated!

Angelina Lumshe/her

Angelina Lumshe/her

Major: Intended: Informatics & Communication

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Life Sciences Building is one of my favorite spots on campus! There is so much light that comes through into the building, a small cute cafe inside, and an outdoor area where you can study and drink some coffee with an amazing view.

Sydney Lymanshe/her

Sydney Lymanshe/her

Major: Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice & Political Science

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

Reading, studying, or hanging out in the Quad on a sunny day! Being there with your friends and lots of other students who are all just doing their own thing is a quintessential college experience.

Valentina Maggishe/her

Valentina Maggishe/her

Major: Intended: Biology

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

Take advantage of university-held events (many depending on what you find interesting) and go with friends or go alone and meet new ones there.

Jiya Malikshe/her

Jiya Malikshe/her

Major: Intended: Economics

What advice do you have for new students?

You don't need to be sure of anything yet. Your college journey should be an exploration of your interests, relationships, and morals. It's okay to be lost sometimes, just keep trying things you think will add a new sense of understanding of yourself. Remember you can do much of that here by taking the advantage of the different opportunities/resources of Udub.

Nicole McGinnisshe/her

Nicole McGinnisshe/her

Major: Political Science & Communication

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how many different opportunities there are to make the UW community smaller. There are small drama productions, club teams, IMA teams, and a club for just about any activity students like to participate in. Getting involved around UW is really simple and makes the college experience better.

Shrisha Menonshe/her

Shrisha Menonshe/her

Major: Intended: Biochemistry

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

I would say the CLUE tutoring/exam review sessions! I was hesitant to go to one of these my first quarter since I didn't know what it would be like but I've started going this quarter and I've found the sessions so helpful in reinforcing concepts I don't know that well. I also appreciate how the tutors are super friendly and always willing to answer any questions that anyone at the session has. This has definitely been a huge factor in keeping my grades up and I highly recommend everyone tries it out at least once!

Grace Minershe/her

Grace Minershe/her

Major: Intended: Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Try to find something you're interested in for each class to get excited to learn!

Abby Mirandashe/her

Abby Mirandashe/her

Major: Intended: Neuroscience & Biochemistry

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

Take advantage of the WAC and rent a canoe in the fall!

Therese Mortejoshe/her

Therese Mortejoshe/her

Major: Intended: Psychology & English

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

Go to a meeting or event that resonates with your interests! Finding a smaller community within the UW is what gives you a sense of belonging in college and meeting people with similar interests is the first step.

Hanna Mossshe/her

Hanna Mossshe/her

Major: Biology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The swing by the HUB, it always adds something fun to my day if it’s open

Sierra Muehlbauershe/her

Sierra Muehlbauershe/her

Major: Education, Communities, and Organizations & Intended: History

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the large range of course options. There are so many opportunities to learn about different topics that I did not have the chance to before.

Ryan Murphyhe/him

Ryan Murphyhe/him

Major: International Studies & Intended: Journalism

What advice do you have for new students?

Take as many different classes as possible and to also form study groups

Camila Nakashimashe/her

Camila Nakashimashe/her

Major: Environmental Studies & Geography

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Down by the water near the Oceanography building! It's super quiet and peaceful and the views by the water are beautiful.

Ashlyn Nazarishe/her

Ashlyn Nazarishe/her

Major: Political Science & Philosophy

What advice do you have for new students?

Utilize the 'audit my degree' feature on MyPlan as soon as possible! It's such a helpful tool and will help you efficiently plan out your time at the University. There's so many classes that are offered every quarter that it's easy to feel overwhelmed, but using this feature frequently will help alleviate some of the stress that comes with satisfying your requirements. Plus, with some prior planning, you could even graduate with a minor from credits you're taking for your major!

Christine Nguyenshe/her

Christine Nguyenshe/her

Major: Public Health

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that the possibilities are truly endless. You can think that you've found all the nooks and crannies around campus, taken all the classes you can imagine, and visited all the RSO's relevant to you, but there's still more. Perks of a big school. If you're curious, you'll never be bored.

Sean Nguyenlehe/him

Sean Nguyenlehe/him

Major: Physiology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

Independence and degree of freedom - even if you don't yet have a sense of direction or career path, UW offers time and opportunity to help you find out.

Jacqueline Nilesshe/her

Jacqueline Nilesshe/her

Major: Intended: Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

You only have four years in college so soak it in and take every opportunity that you can!

Brennen Normanhe/him

Brennen Normanhe/him

Major: Intended: Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be shy. Go out and try new experiences. Exploring new things can lead into strong/lasting friendships.

Olivia Nortonshe/her

Olivia Nortonshe/her

Major: Intended: Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Fountain because it is so soothing to listen to the water while you have the amazing view of Mt. Rainier!

Alene Nunnshe/her

Alene Nunnshe/her

Major: English & Intended: Political Science

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Suzzallo reading room (and Suzzallo Starbucks) perfect combo of Harry Potter vibes and optimal study area. I've cranked out so many essays in there in one sitting.

Jennifer Oppligershe/her

Jennifer Oppligershe/her

Major: Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice & Political Science

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I'm still relatively new to UW, but I honestly love all of my professors, TAs, and peers. I feel that everyone wants everyone to succeed. It feels like a real community.

Pan Panhe/him

Pan Panhe/him

Major: Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences

What advice do you have for new students?

Be engaged! Make the most of what is available at UW!

Leigh Partingtonshe/her

Leigh Partingtonshe/her

Major: Communication

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

The RSO fair, you get to learn all about the different clubs and activities you can be involved in on campus.

Lynda Phamshe/her

Lynda Phamshe/her

Major: Computer Science

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

Try to go to office hours at least once for every class! It is a great way to meet other students, chat with your professor, and makes it a much more personal experience.

Michelle Phamshe/her

Michelle Phamshe/her

Major: Informatics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

UW's Law Library has to be one of my favorite study spaces ever! I would consider this to be my "secret" study spot at UW because it's a bit outside of the bustling area of campus. The environment has a warm, peaceful feeling to it, with comfy chairs, lots of desk space, fewer students, and lots of air circulation. Especially in the spring when the sun is out, I love when bits of sunlight peek through the windows.

Teddy Ponceshe/her

Teddy Ponceshe/her

Major: Public Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't view your education experience as a simple GPA. Take the time to fully enjoy yourself and the material you are learning.

Dakota Promethe/him

Dakota Promethe/him

Major: Intended: Business Administration

What advice do you have for new students?

Work to the fullest of your ability and make use of the resources at your disposal. Keeping this in mind, remember that academics aren't everything and focusing on yourself and health is a priority.

Alyssa Randallshe/her

Alyssa Randallshe/her

Major: Medical Anthropology and Global Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Get out there and try new things! Don't be afraid to go for a walk on campus, say hi to someone in your building, or join a new club. It's how you'll meet people here at UW and really find what interests you. Plus, go explore the city and the surrounding areas around Washington if you have the chance. There are so many things to do and experience, the opportunities are literally endless!

Priscilla Renshe/her

Priscilla Renshe/her

Major: English

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot is the view of Mt. Rainier from Drumheller Fountain.

Keerthi Renduchintalashe/her

Keerthi Renduchintalashe/her

Major: Medical Anthropology and Global Health & Biochemistry

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that the University offers something for everyone. No matter what passions, interests, or dreams you have you can always find a community of people.There are so many opportunities that are available to everyone and you can always count on the fact that you are going to meet some amazing people.

Ronie Reyesshe/her

Ronie Reyesshe/her

Major: Intended: Political Science & Sociology

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

A must-experience for new students is to get involved on campus with clubs! It is a great way to explore personal interests and to meet new people.

Emily Riehlshe/her

Emily Riehlshe/her

Major: Intended: Communication

What advice do you have for new students?

Try everything! Some of the greatest experiences lie on the other side of fear and if you want to try something just try it!

Lekasia Rileyshe/her

Lekasia Rileyshe/her

Major: Intended: Nursing

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The HUB is my favorite spot because when I was on campus I would spend most of my time there studying. It is a nice, chill, quiet space where you can get food, study, and hang out with friends.

Serrein Sabbahshe/her

Serrein Sabbahshe/her

Major: Intended: Psychology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Probably the area of the Oceanography Building because it is nice and peaceful by the water

Josie Sachenshe/her

Josie Sachenshe/her

Major: Intended: Biological and Life Sciences

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Sylvan Grove! It is so quiet and peaceful, and provides a great place to read or just sit and reflect.

Sydney Sacklershe/her

Sydney Sacklershe/her

Major: Intended: Psychology

What advice do you have for new students?

Know that it is okay to feel overwhelmed, be yourself, and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities UW has to offer.

Sanya Salianshe/her

Sanya Salianshe/her

Major: Intended: Biology & Philosophy

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that our campus is so close to the city. It's nice because you get the traditional sort of campus experience but you also get all that a big city has to offer, so it's the best of both worlds.

Ivon Sanchez-Pinedashe/her

Ivon Sanchez-Pinedashe/her

Major: Political Science & Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice

What advice do you have for new students?

It is okay to feel lost at first. Attending college is a big step and you need to make sure that you are focusing on being a well-rounded student which includes taking care of yourself. It is also important to reach out for help, whether it be an adult or peer on campus or even your hometown friends for support because it can be difficult trying to navigate everything on your own and then potentially being overwhelmed.

Cassidy Schillingshe/her

Cassidy Schillingshe/her

Major: Education, Communities, and Organizations

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't doubt yourself. You DO belong here. Academically, socially, actively, in every sense. Don't try so hard to put what you THINK is your best foot forward, just put your most natural, authentic foot forward. You'll find that it actually gets you a lot further, and a lot happier, leading you to the places you truly fit.

Kara Schroedershe/her

Kara Schroedershe/her

Major: Integrated Social Sciences

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't ever be afraid to reach out and ask for help...there will always be someone who can point you in the right direction and help you feel part of the community.

Sophie Sciuchettishe/her

Sophie Sciuchettishe/her

Major: Communication & Intended: Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the Quad. Not only is the area beautiful when all of the cherry blossoms bloom, but it's also the perfect place to study or have a picnic when the sun is out.

Grey Seawallshe/her

Grey Seawallshe/her

Major: Intended: Economics

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Any of the libraries, they are all unique and amazing in their own way.

Maddie Seidelshe/her

Maddie Seidelshe/her

Major: Business: Accounting & Information Systems

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

Every new student should attend a Husky sport! Whether it is a football game, basketball game or gymnastics meet, Husky sports are a fun way to get involved and meet new people!

Yurong Shaoshe/her

Yurong Shaoshe/her

Major: Biology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love laying on the Quad on a sunny day in the Spring, underneath the cherry blossom trees. It's so peaceful and relaxing, just watching the clouds in the sky pass by.

Jamie Shimamotoshe/her

Jamie Shimamotoshe/her

Major: Intended: Communication & Business Administration

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

Go to the Dawg Daze events that interest you in the beginning of the year! I met some of my closest friends through bonding over events, and it helped me get acquainted with the campus and what it has to offer. It's also a great way to start off your first few days before classes start!

Ella Simmonsshe/her

Ella Simmonsshe/her

Major: Early Childhood and Family Studies

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love everything about UW! Most of all, I love the welcoming community, as well as the relationships I have formed with other students through on-campus housing and classes.

Medha Sindirishe/her

Medha Sindirishe/her

Major: Business: Finance & Information Systems

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is Orin's cafe because it is the central location for all foster students. All my foster friends gather there to hang out and study. I love being in the center of all of paccar and getting to meet friends and new people!

Jay Singhhe/him

Jay Singhhe/him

Major: Biology

What advice do you have for new students?

Take classes in subjects that are entirely new to you! The university offers a wide variety of interesting and thought-provoking courses!

Tyler Singletonshe/her

Tyler Singletonshe/her

Major: Biology

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The surplus of different resources, and the diverse community

Erin Skrobutshe/her

Erin Skrobutshe/her

Major: Intended: Speech and Hearing Sciences

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The faculty and staff! Even during these crazy times of transiting to online classes I can tell how hard they are trying and really appreciate how accommodating everyone is being.

Tatyana Soshe/her

Tatyana Soshe/her

Major: Psychology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the Nano building. The aesthetic of the interior is *chef's kiss* and a great place to study!

Ty Spinkhe/him

Ty Spinkhe/him

Major: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I really enjoy the location of where the University of Washington is. Football games are always amazing, but it's also close to so many cool outdoor activity possibilities such as skiing or hiking or just even exploring the city. I also love the recreational opportunity such as intramural sports.

Lauren Stewartshe/her

Lauren Stewartshe/her

Major: Intended: English

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice to a new student would be to remember that rejection is simply redirection. If things don't go as planned, try to keep an open mind and optimistic attitude as you redirect your efforts down a new path. Even though it's hard to believe sometimes, no one truly has it all figured out.

Payton Sullivanshe/her

Payton Sullivanshe/her

Major: Mathematics & Intended: Education, Communities, and Organizations

What advice do you have for new students?

My advice for new students is that it is okay to change your mind! This can apply to many different aspects of life but is especially relevant when first coming to UW. You will be faced with so many new people and experiences that may have an influence on you. Use these novel interactions to grow yourself, which may include some changing.

James Swartwoodhe/him

James Swartwoodhe/him

Major: Computer Science

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

Networking with your instructors and peers is a very valuable opportunity! It can be easy to trudge through life on campus without socializing, but the friendships I have forged and the people I have connected with have been the best part of my college experience by far. Be it in class, in the dorms, in the library, or wherever you are at, there are so many neat people for you to meet. Do not let the opportunity go to waste!

Lily Tedersshe/her

Lily Tedersshe/her

Major: Intended: Business Administration

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love the welcoming community full of opportunities! UW is a place full of fun activities and events that students are constantly participating in.

Maddy Thomasshe/her

Maddy Thomasshe/her

Major: Intended: Biology

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

Joining 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. I have met tons of awesome people in my RSOs that have shaped my college experience thus far and I couldn't be more thankful.

Rinka Tonshoshe/her

Rinka Tonshoshe/her

Major: Intended: International Studies & Public Health

What advice do you have for new students?

Reach out! Whether you are in need of help or trying to join a club, most people are welcome to help you out (rather, they want to help you out). Since UW is a big university, it has so many resources that you are free to use. This also teaches us students that college is not just about taking classes and earning credits. It is what you make of it outside the classroom.

Zoé Toupinshe/her

Zoé Toupinshe/her

Major: Political Science & Intended: Law, Societies, and Justice

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how passionate and motivated every single student is here! Everyone I've met truly cares about their studies, the Husky community, and making a difference in the wider world. It's so inspiring to have these individuals as my classmates.

Laura Van Arsdelshe/her

Laura Van Arsdelshe/her

Major: History

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

Any opportunity to build relationships with professors and students with similar academic interests I think is super important! I highly recommend looking for research, going to office hours, or even reaching out to a professor about how to continue with the topic even after the course has ended. I know of a couple really cool projects that started out that way.

Michaela Voshe/her

Michaela Voshe/her

Major: Psychology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The NanoES building! It's a great study spot with lots of tables and white boards and huge windows that let in so much natural light.

Mike Waltershe/him

Mike Waltershe/him

Major: English

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

Dawg Daze, RSOs, study sessions with classmates, any opportunity to meet people with similar interests that'll help you feel like you're a part of the UW community. Universities can be daunting at first, especially if you're coming in not knowing anyone else, but I guarantee you that there are others in similar positions who are looking to tackle the university experience together. Reach out to people!

Jiamin Wangshe/her

Jiamin Wangshe/her

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

What advice do you have for new students?

Try to explore as many things as you can.

Jordyn Warnershe/her

Jordyn Warnershe/her

Major: Intended: Nursing

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love all of the opportunities and connections you can make at UW! I have met friends from all around the world and have had the opportunity to do so many things I wouldn’t have been able to do if I didn't go to UW such as football games and Dawg Days!

Madi Welshshe/her

Madi Welshshe/her

Major: Law, Societies, and Justice & Political Science

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favourite spot on campus is the Suzzallo library Starbucks! It is my favourite place to catch up with friends, study or grab coffee before an 8:30 class.

Lacey Williamsshe/her

Lacey Williamsshe/her

Major: Intended: Biochemistry

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love how passionate everyone is about what they're studying here! Everyone is so excited to learn new things. I also love the campus and location, it is so pretty especially in the spring!

Maddie WIlliamsshe/her

Maddie WIlliamsshe/her

Major: Linguistics

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

Any sport event is a must-experience for any new student! The energy of the crowd is electrifying and its impossible to not have a good time.

Noah Williamshe/him

Noah Williamshe/him

Major: Intended: French & International Studies

What do you love about the University of Washington?

The diversity! I come from a relatively small town, and being able to gain new perspectives from a variety of people with differing background is incredible.

Sophia Williamsshe/her

Sophia Williamsshe/her

Major: Microbiology

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My go-to has always been By George Cafe underneath Odegaard. It's a very casual place where you can work, chat with people, eat and drink, and the staff have always been awesome! It's also a nice stop-over if you have an "awkward" break between classes.

Tally Williams-Gurianshe/her

Tally Williams-Gurianshe/her

Major: Communication

What do you love about the University of Washington?

I love that UW has a huge variety of academics, because it allows you to curate your education to best fit your interests. In addition, UW is located in a beautiful city, with lots of food and outdoors to explore. Most importantly, I love the people! Every student at UW is so unique and full of passion, I feel like I am always growing and learning from my peers.

Danica Woodshe/her

Danica Woodshe/her

Major: Education, Communities, and Organizations

What advice do you have for new students?

Use this time to find your passion! In college, you will learn so much about yourself. Take this information and do what you love!

Annie Yangshe/her

Annie Yangshe/her

Major: English & Intended: Neuroscience

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

When campus opens, definitely go to Rick's Cafe - it's located on North Campus! They're a student run ice cream shop, but they also have milkshakes and cookies. I got to work there as a volunteer there before the pandemic hit and it was such a chill way to meet new people (and also get some free ice cream).

Samuel Yanghe/him

Samuel Yanghe/him

Major: Business: Accounting

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Law Library - They have individual cubicles for studying, and the library is pretty quiet. A perfect spot to study if you don't like a lot of distractions and sounds.

Kyle Yasuihe/him

Kyle Yasuihe/him

Major: Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management

What do you love about the University of Washington?

What I love about UW is the big school spirit. I feel like everyone has a lot of pride in being here which makes the whole UW community stronger.

Kathy Yinshe/her

Kathy Yinshe/her

Major: Intended: Economics & Business Administration

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Mary gates hall because they’ve got most of resources I can utilize every day!

McKenna Zachershe/her

McKenna Zachershe/her

Major: Communication & Political Science

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

Dawg Daze! There are so many amazing events to participate in, and it is an experience so unique to first-year students. It is also a great way to meet new people and explore the city!