ASUW :: Associated Students of the University of Washington

Major: Political Science
Class Standing: Sophomore
Hometown: Kennewick, WA

“College is a time to go for things that you wouldn’t normally do. Challenge yourself; challenge your current knowledge, and do adventurous, brave, and sometimes really scary things.”

What are you involved in around campus?
“I do co-rec intramural soccer; that’s really fun. It’s a great place to meet a lot of people. I’m also a part of a Christian fellowship called Intervarsity University–a lot of cool people there and we do a lot of cool stuff. Again, it’s a great chance to branch out and meet a lot of people…I found it walking to Red Square on my first day after my parents dropped me off. I see this guy in a tent, and he waves me over and I thought, ‘Me?’ but then I thought, ‘Might as well. Just go and do these things.’ and now this is my second year in it…Last year I also did Swing Club for the whole year, except I was terrible at it. I don’t know why I kept going…I love jazz music so I thought, ‘I should learn how to dance to it’.”

What’s the most valuable experience you’ve had at UW?
“I think meeting different types of people has really affected me. I’m a Poli-Sci major, but at first I was going to do EE [electrical engineering]. I actually did a lot of the classes for it; a lot of my friends were EE majors, or just any engineering. But then I met other people who were doing business or political science or sociology, and I was like, ‘Wow! There’s more! People can get a living doing more than just EE!’ Not that I wasn’t interested in engineering, but part of me knew it was a safety net because there’s always that job opportunity and security. After meeting so many different people I realized I want to do what I want to do, which is politics. I love politics; I think it’s fascinating.”

How did you finally convince yourself to switch majors from engineering to political science–since they’re pretty different?
“It took me a long time to switch. Like I said, I did a year of math and science based classes, but I wasn’t enjoying it. In my free time I would be reading current events, history and stuff like that. Also just meeting different people who also did the transition of jumping from a major that they were not really that interested into doing something that they were really passionate about really forced me to do it. Now looking back on it, I wish I had just gone with my gut the first time and done that transition a lot earlier. So now when I meet someone who is in a similar situation, if they’re worried about what they really want to do and financial security, I just say, ‘Do it!’…College is a time to go for things that you wouldn’t normally do. Challenge yourself; challenge your current knowledge, and do adventurous, brave, and sometimes really scary things.”

How was your transition to UW?
“I’m from a small town in Georgia; the population is like nothing compared to Seattle. I moved from there to the Tri-Cities, which was at least a bit bigger, but still nothing compared to Seattle. So that transition from small to big to even bigger was overwhelming. However since I already did that, coming from Georgia to the Tri-Cities, I was more comfortable with it [UW]…The transition itself I thought was healthy, since I’m young I felt like, if I’m going to live in a city, might as well do it while I’m young.”

What does a day in the life look like for you?
“I wake up, try to eat breakfast–I always drink coffee. I usually take my rain jacket with me to class. If I have time between classes, I usually go to the HUB to do work or eat. Or I go to the library; Allen Library is my favorite library. I know I have to do work here because once I get home, I’m not going to want to do anything. After my classes, I go to the gym, and then go back to the library until I get hungry for dinner. I’m always with my friends. We study together so we can have study breaks too. Having a routine and schedule is healthy; it adds some stability.”

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen or transfer students?
“If you’re currently doing something you don’t want to be doing because of outside forces, like parents or future security, I would ask that person to consider what they have to lose by doing something they want to do. For me at least, you gain something. You don’t lose; you gain when you decide to do something you really enjoy.”