When I think about how I ended up at the University of Washington, it seems a little crazy. In complete honesty, I had never heard of the UW until I was flipping through a book filled with colleges in search of schools on the west coast. I decided to apply because it was near a city and because it was a large university. A few days before the final application was due I decided to look a little deeper into the school, which is how I found the honors program. After a quick look through the informational page I knew I had to apply. Even though I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go out of state at the time, I knew that the interdisciplinary nature of the program was extremely intriguing to me.
About a month later I decided to really research the University of Washington. The more I looked into the faculty, school, and the location the more I wanted to go. I also found myself becoming more and more excited about my out of state prospects - the University of Washington in particular - than my in state prospects. This, I realized, was because I was craving a change. I wanted to throw myself into a challenging academic environment in a new place that I had never been before and dare myself to succeed. The University of Washington seemed like the perfect environment to do so, and the honors program would bring the added academic challenge I desired. All of a sudden, two months after submitting my application, this school I had just discovered became my first choice.
I really want to make the most out of my college experience. I want to participate in clubs and organizations that align with my interests in mental health and political education. I want to expand my knowledge by taking interesting classes that don’t apply to my major. For example, I would really like to take an astrology course at some point during my time here at the UW. I want to challenge my self by taking up leadership roles. I would like to learn more about the global society and to get involved in initiatives that help me take part as a citizen of the world. Now, these statement may seem vague, but that is because I am trying to keep myself open. I arrived here with a pretty certain path in terms of majors and potential careers, so I want to leave myself open to explore new things through the clubs and organizations that I do. I hope that by embracing the interdisciplinary nature of honors courses I will be able to explore others fields in a way that I can connect back to my majors.
I don’t really have a set plan for where I want to go from here in my life at the UW, but I am very excited about this opportunity. As of this first quarter I am trying to find my footing in this new environment. From the moment I arrived on campus it’s been quite a whirlwind. Even though I’ve only been here for a little over two weeks I feel as though I’ve been here for months, and the dust hasn’t fully settled yet. Still, as the academic quarter really begins, I plan on pushing myself out of my comfort zone in order to pursue the opportunities offered by this school and by the honors program. I know how lucky I am to be here and I want to show that I have earned my spot.