When I started my first quarter here at the UW I was anxious and excited and ready to start my new life in Seattle. I wanted to expand my knowledge and push myself out of my comfort zone, and I have to say I’m proud of what I have accomplished in pursuit of this goal. First, I did research into organizations on campus I would want to be a part of and found the Sexual Abuse and Relationship Violence Activism (SARVA) branch of ASUW and have submitted a volunteer application. I hope to be more involved with this branch as time goes on as the issue of sexual harassment on college campuses is an important issue to me. I also did more research into the Peer Health Educators and hope to apply once a spot opens up and applications come out. Both of these tackled the topic of mental health, which is something I care deeply about and hope to be involved in.
In terms of being involved in political education and pushing myself out of my comfort zone I applied for an internship with an organization called Citizen University to help put together their annual convention. This year the theme is Reckoning and Repair following the election. This organization’s purpose is to teach people to be active citizen and exercise their political power, something I also am very passionate about. I’m proud of myself for taking the initiative and asking the professor in one of my honors classes, Eric Liu, for the opportunity and pursuing it. At first, I was a little intimidated by the prospect of tackling an internship within my first year of college, but this opportunity was too valuable to pass up, so I took the leap. I’m very glad I did because I feel that this is going to be an amazing learning and growing opportunity.
In terms of my classes I think I did pretty well in adjusting, but there is still a lot of room for improvement in terms of my study habits. My majors involve a lot more reading and writing than did most classes at my high school and I need to do a better job at estimating just how long it will take me to get a certain reading done or an essay written. I’m doing good so far but again, I still have a ways to go. Hopefully by the end of the year I will have it down.
I hope that in the next coming quarters, I’ll be able to expand my social circle a bit more. I live in Mercer Court, which tends to be a bit isolating as there is not a lot of opportunity to meet people outside of those who live in your apartment. I hope that by volunteering with SARVA I will meet more people, but I’m also planning to visit the people I’ve met in Terry more often and make an effort to branch out more than I have this quarter.
This quarter has been very exciting for me in terms of opportunities and classes, and hopefully bodes well for my future at the University of Washington and my future in the Honors Program.