“Not to sound like a broken record, but try new things. Try everything really, even if it’s outside of your major, even if it’s just for the luxury of doing an elective. It’s the best way to have the most connections possible.”
How did you decide on your major?
“I’ve always been a pretty avid writer and reader, so I knew the social sciences was definitely where I was going to be. I have a history minor, but I always thought I wouldn’t have the attention span to read about people from five hundred years ago for the rest of my life. I had an interest in having a byline and having people read my work more than just faculty.”
What are you involved in around campus?
“The two places I’m involved with really are the SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists) and The Daily. It was pretty easy deciding to join because they’re both related to my major, which is journalism…Within the Daily, I’m the Diversity Reporter on the new section. I’ve written for the Arts and Leisure; I have a column there, which is all about video games. I just sort of write about anything interesting that comes up…I’m also one of the movie reviewers. I get to go to critic screenings in downtown Seattle, which we are amazingly a part of.”
What is the most valuable experience you’ve had at UW?
“I would say that the past year of my time with the Communications Department was definitely the best because it was related to my major and what I really want to do for a living. I got to do the Olympia Legislative Internship covering all the state going-ons down in Olympia. I think that was just really good career-related experience because of the people I worked with, and really getting to know how to be a reporter.”
How was your transition to UW?
“It was very weird because I was homeschooled for most of my life until I got to community college. I’m a transfer student to UW; I stayed at home to save money with my mom, so I didn’t get the full campus experience like most people. But I would say it was rather smooth.”
What does a day in the life look like for you?
“Since I graduated last quarter, it’s a lot different now…I freelance for a lot of papers around here, like the Northwest Asian Weekly and the Daily. But mostly I try to explore the outdoors with all this good weather. I’m trying to finish my reading backlog. I’m also just turning job applications in too”.
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and transfer students?
“Not to sound like a broken record, but try new things. Try everything really, even if it’s outside of your major, even if it’s just for the luxury of doing an elective. It’s the best way to have the most connections possible. Also, if you’re a transfer student too, I know transfer credits can be a nightmare, so sit down with as many counselors as your can.”