Well, I'm officially well into my time at UW. I've just finished up Fall quarter of my sophomore year. A lot has happened since my last reflection...over the summer and over the last quarter.
Academically, last quarter was a major success. I absolutely loved a couple of my classes. Neither of them were Honors classes, but they felt like Honors classes because of the level of critical thinking that they entailed. I took Nutrition, Environmental Health, Biology 180, and a Sociology class on drugs, law and society. Both biology and sociology mimicked that Honors feel.
In addition to my classes, last quarter was the first that I really loaded on the extracurricular activities. I have continued doing my internship with Ink Aleaga as Campus & Community Engagement Assistant. At the beginning of the summer, I started working at Starlight Children's Foundation. They asked me to stay on during the school year as a paid employee. I ended up working at Starlight for about 6 hours per week.
Also during the summer I picked up a blogging internship with the Sustainable World Coalition. I blogged about sustainability and the environment, and found that that material went hand in hand with my Environmental Health class. During the summer, writing blogs was no problem, but once the quarter really started to get busy, I knew that I would not be able to continue writing blogs into Winter Quarter.
In addition to these activities, I started working in the UW Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy. I am currently doing data entry and a bit of analysis. Next quarter, there is opportunity for me to really expand on the internship and start working with social science research programs such as SPSS.
To top it off, I began a seasonal retail position at ivivva athletica (lululemon's little girl's line) right in the midst of dead week and finals...you could say it was a stressful couple of weeks. But break has been great, and I've really enjoyed my time working at ivivva.
As I'm becoming more confident in myself and the track that my life is on, I'm drawing closer to certain people in my sorority and in other parts of my life that reflect my same values. This was a struggle for me last year because for the most part in my sorority I felt like I didn't fit in, and I wasn't about to change my lifestyle in order to do so. This year, I've made a few really amazing friends in my house, as well as met many people outside the Greek system.
Even though winter break has been fun, I am already so excited for next quarter. I'm taking Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Services, and the second intro Biology. It's going to be a busy and packed quarter, but after last quarter, I'm ready for it.
Green Lake on a beautiful day
My big, Sophie, and I during Bid Day, welcoming the new pledge class!
The Husky band in front of Suzzallo library during ESPN College Game Day
Me posing with Dubs for the fifth time..
My wonderful little, Shelby, and I on big-little reveal night!
It's hard to believe that I'm already through one fourth of my time in college. I've learned a lot, met a lot of great people, and had some awesome experiences. Most of all, I have fallen in love with the University of Washington. I guess I can just list all of the things that I really enjoy about UW, besides the campus being gorgeous. First, the food - not necessarily the food at my sorority, but the food on the ave, specifically Thai food. I have lived in Seattle my whole life, so I don't know why I haven't tried Thai before. Since UW was my first place to have Thai, UW is now forever linked to it in my mind.
Second, I love the people. UW is full of bright and driven young people. I have especially enjoyed meeting all of the people in the Honors Program because they are so much like myself. They have a deep passion for learning and exploring ideas. In my Public Health classes as well, I encounter so many cool people that are truly interested in their studies.
Third, I love the diversity. Not only the diversity of people, but the diversity of ideas, academic fields, activities. You could literally do whatever you want to at UW and have someone who wants to do it with you no matter how out there it is.
Next, I am in awe of UW science. First of all, there are buildings dedicated to the most specific area of science that you could ever imagine. UW attracts the most talented and well versed scientists. I am really looking forward to getting involved with hopefully some Public Health research in the future.
Building off of that, I could not have picked a better school to attend to major in Public Health. It is one of the top schools in the country, and Seattle is the Public/Global Health hub of the world really. I am so excited to see what the future has in store.
The classes that I've taken have been AWESOME! (All of which can be read about under my course reflections). What I've learned most in joining the Honors Program and taking classes from amazing faculty is that all knowledge is connected. During high school, subjects were very separated. Now, I've learned that knowledge is quite the opposite - there is a constant transfer of knowledge in all of my studies.
Perhaps this is because I'm majoring in something very interdisciplinary in nature and I'm taking interdisciplinary Honors classes. Whatever the case, I wouldn't want to have it any other way because it has expanded my world so much already and I'm so excited to learn more.
The biggest event of the year was being admitted to the Public Health Major! I worked incredibly hard on my personal statement and I'm very happy to be a member of the program. Additionally, I joined the task force for one of the Public Health Major advisors, Tory Brundage, for a new student organization, Public Health Dawgs. Spring Quarter we have been working on developing what Public Health Dawgs will look like, and now we will start recruiting people to join us.
Some other significant events were the Women in Sports Month visits and Football Education Month which I discuss in my experiential learning link.
As for the summer, I will be volunteering at Starlight Children's Foundation as a Program Services Intern creating and planning events for medically fragile children and their families. I will also be assisting the head volleyball coach at my old high school, Eastside Catholic during open gyms over the summer. I will also help my supervisor for my Campus & Community Engagement Assistant position, Ink Aleaga, with his nonprofit, Taro Roots.
Of course I have some normal summer activities lined up as well. I'm going down to the Oregon Coast for a weekend, going to the John Mayer concert at the Gorge, and going camping with my friends! Although I have a fun summer ahead, I'm already looking forward to Fall Quarter 2013 :)
Greek preview, preparing for the other side of recruitment in the Fall!
Some of my Thetas and I in Vancouver, BC
Christmas time in Downtown Seattle
My new kitten I got after Fall Quarter, Charlie!
Hiking Pupu Point on Tiger Mountain with my best friend
My friend from high school and I in front of our beautiful house :)
Visiting the Woodland Park Zoo to see the new lion mama and her four babies
Well... this is my first post and it is Freshman Fall Quarter. I am a new member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority on 17th Ave. This first quarter I am taking Chem 142, Math 124 Honors, Spanish 202, and Honors 100 - along with an internship in the Athletic tutoring center recently. You could say that I have quite a busy quarter.
It hasn't been too difficult to navigate Seattle so far since I've lived in the area my whole life. I'm loving the Ave and all the food options there...and the fact that Jimmy John's delivers. My new favorite food is Pad Kee Mao, available at any of the numerous Thai places. Anyways, the food is great and the people are too. The scenery is a little bit different than what I'm used to. I went to Eastside Catholic HS on the Sammamish Plateau and was quite sheltered from the true inner city. Living directly in Seattle is very eye-opening for me. I'm liking this change of pace.
As far as academics go, I think that all of my classes are pretty manageable right now. Everyone is trying to scare me about Chem, but I had an amazing chemistry teacher my Junior year of HS, so it hasn't been too challenging once I remember the skills she taught me. However, ALEKS is quite time consuming. It's a personalized online tutor that gives you three questions for every one that you answer incorrectly. Yesterday, I looked at the total amount of hours report (amount of time that I have spent on ALEKS to date). It's week two and I have already spent almost thirteen hours working on chemistry online. In fact, all of my classes have online homework. I kind of like that because it is very easy to keep track of assignments. And it saves paper! It's a win-win.
That's all for now. There will be many more reflections to come.
After receiving my bid to join Kappa Alpha Theta
The second Husky football game of the year - Go DAWGS!