ASUW :: Associated Students of the University of Washington


Major: Political Science & Communications
Class Standing: Junior
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA


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“I think regardless of where you’re from, the best thing you can do to ease that transition is to build yourself a support system. It’s easy to feel lost, and that you’re just a number, so finding that support system and a way to make that big pond a little smaller is super helpful.”


What are you involved in around campus?
“It’s really cliche to say ‘my fraternity changed my life’, but if I’m only allowed to pick one, that would be the one because every other thing I’ve done in college has sort of stemmed from that. So all the opportunities that have been afforded to me, and all the goals I’ve set for myself have been because of the support system I had in that fraternity.”


How do you manage your involvements with your schoolwork?
“As a Junior, I’ve had a few years to figure my stuff out. I got the time management skills down. One of the professors that talks at orientation, I think it’s Ben Wiggins, he’s a biology professor, he always says ‘you come into college and get all this work thrown on you and think “there’s no way I’ll be able to do it” and then you surprise yourself, and the next time you get asked to do all this work, you’re surprised because you do four times the amount of work and so you continually develop the ability to take on more work.”


How was your transition to UW?
“I think regardless of where you’re from, the best thing you can do to ease that transition is to build yourself a support system. It’s easy to feel lost, and that you’re just a number, so finding that support system and a way to make that big pond a little smaller is super helpful. For me, that was my fraternity. As for the transition being out of state, it was both as hard as you’d expect, but also as easy as you’d expect. It was easier than I expected being away from my parents because I’d had that support system there, that always kept me busy and engaged. But it was also hard because I didn’t have the ability to go home every weekend like a lot of people do. I’m thankful though, because it also forced me to figure my life out and grow up a lot faster if I had stayed in California.”


What does a day in the life look like for you?
“So I wake up, I have 9:30s everyday this quarter, which is draining my soul because I’m not a morning person. I’ll come back, eat breakfast, and go to the gym. Come back from that and do whatever I need to do for the day during that interim period. Then usually it’s fraternity stuff at night whether it’s meetings or calling alumni. It’s also internship season right now so I’m heavy pushing the applications out. And then usually I try to leave some time at the end of the day for hanging out with people. I’m an extrovert, so for me, personal time is going out and hanging out with people because that’s what fulfills me and recharges me. That’s one of the most important things you can do, is give yourself that time and go out and take care of yourself. Because if you don’t, you’re going to get lost and swamped in the amount of work and other stuff you have to do, and you’re going to lose all sense of who you are.”


What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and transfer students?
“Don’t be so set in what you’re going to do in your life that you’re going to be afraid to explore. I personally have changed my major five times. Don’t be afraid to branch out and take a class that sounds interesting, don’t feel so stuck following the money. I convinced myself that because all my friends were going into engineering or medicine, that that’s what I wanted to do because it was the ‘only way I could make money’ and ‘no one’s ever sad on a jet ski’. I was so set on doing that, but that wouldn’t have left me happy or fulfilled. So I realized that I needed to do what I needed to do, because if you do what you love, or if you do what makes you feel fulfilled, you’re going to be good at it. You’re going to be at the top of your field at it. If you’re at the top of your field at it, the money will take care of itself. And that shouldn’t be the reason you wake up everyday, to chase the money.”