ASUW :: Associated Students of the University of Washington

Major: Computer Science
Class Standing: Sophomore
Hometown: South Brunswick, New Jersey


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“I’ve learned it’s sometimes actually good to fail early and fail often, so that you can succeed later. Through being rejected twice, I feel like I’ve learned how to approach failure with a positive perspective in the sense that there are certain things that I could improve on but there are also other outside factors I have to take into account…It’s better that you learn to work harder, especially in this setting since it’s much more forgiving than out in the real world”


What are you involved in around campus?
“I came to UW from New Jersey to study computer science. I’m still not in the major yet; I’ve applied twice but haven’t gotten in yet. I have some backup plans, but if I don’t get in the third time, I might transfer out. I’m currently working an on-campus job and I’m also working remotely for a tech company in New York. I’m handling two jobs and school work. On campus I work for the fisheries department as an IT specialist, so the hours are pretty lenient. I usually work from 9 to 5 on Monday through Fridays in between classes.”


What is the most valuable experience you’ve had at UW?
“At least coming to UW, and the competitive aspect of getting into the [computer science] major itself, and getting denied twice, I’ve learned it’s sometimes actually good to fail early and fail often, so that you can succeed later. Through being rejected twice, I feel like I’ve learned how to approach failure with a positive perspective in the sense that there are certain things that I could improve on but there are also other outside factors I have to take into account…It’s better that you learn to work harder, especially in this setting since it’s much more forgiving than out in the real world.”


How was your transition to UW?
“I think I was pretty independent and I didn’t find the transition too hard. I think it was harder on my parents than me. The first quarter, my dad surprised me and flew across the country. So I think they had more of a difficulty, because I still got to go back over breaks, and I feel like that is enough. I still try to talk to my parents everyday.”


What does a day in the life look like for you?
“An ideal day–I wake up around 7:30 and try to get ready by 8ish. I make myself breakfast–oatmeal, nothing big. I live off campus, on Nordheim by UVill, so I usually take the bus to campus. I get to work around 9:00 and I go until 5:00; when I have to go to class, I just go to class. That’s usually about it. And after 5:00 sometimes, I stay in my office and do homework and stuff, cause it’s quiet and nice. I usually go to sleep pretty late.”


What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and transfer students?
“I could make a whole guidebook: How to make a CS application, full of specifications I learned about CS in particular. But in a broad perspective, I guess I could say that time management is a big thing. Coming from high school and coming from your parents home, going to just yourself, you have so much freedom and time that it can be hard to allocate time to do work. It’s easy to get lost in that…That’s why I like my on-campus job. I treat school almost as a job too. So from 9:00 to 5:00 I’m doing schoolwork, and after 5:00 I have the rest of the day to do whatever.”